Friends, we are sorry to inform you that Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation lawsuit is back in the news.
Yes, the case was decided long ago in June, but as you’ll remember, the jury’s verdict was not as conclusive as some observers had hoped.
By any measure, Depp “won” the trial, being awarded $10.35 million in damages based on the jury’s conclusion that Heard had defamed him and caused irreparable damage to his career.
Why, then, is Johnny appealing the verdict?
Well, the jury also decided that Heard should be awarded $2 million, after being defamed by Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman.
Even though Depp comes out on top with over $8 million, in an act whose meanness is only matched by his pride, he is now dragging Heard back to court on the belief that he was forced to pay her a penny. should not be done.
The jury’s decision was based on comments made by Waldman in an interview in which he described the fight that reportedly ended Depp and Heard’s marriage.
Heard lawyers claimed that Depp was “immunely liable” for these statements.
“So Amber and her friends drank a bit and scoured the place, got their stories straight under the direction of a lawyer and publicist, and then made a second call to 911,” Waldman said at the time.
According to court documents filed this week, Depp’s lawyers believe the court should “overturn the ruling on Ms.
“The jury’s strongly favorable ruling on all three of those defamatory statements fully upheld Mr Depp in his complaint and restored his reputation,” the filing reads.
“However, the Trial Court was faced with a number of novel and complex legal and factual issues, and although the Trial Court sensibly and correctly decided the vast majority of those issues, some decisions were incorrect.”
Depp’s lawyers also argue that Waldman was hired as an independent contractor, and thus had no right to speak on Depp’s behalf.
He further alleged that there was no evidence of “genuine malice” in his statement, which is one of the conditions of defamation.
“No evidence of Mr. Waldman’s actual malice was presented at trial, so the judgment against Mr. Depp cannot be upheld,” Depp’s attorneys write.
They argue that Waldman’s words were “a non-actionable statement of opinion insufficient to support the defamation claim”.
It’s pretty legit to say “Depp wants to go nuclear, and he won’t sleep until Heard has a penny to his name.”
Of course, Heard is also appealing the verdict, so if Depp’s appeal is dismissed, there’s a very strong chance the two of them will be back in court.
already, Hurd’s first request for a new test was thrown out by the judge.
The actress alleged that one of the jurors in the original trial had served on the basis of fraud, responding to a subpoena for someone else.
The judge wasn’t buying it, and Amber’s attorney went back to the drawing board.
So yes — you might have thought you’d heard enough about one of the worst weddings in Hollywood history over the summer.
But it’s almost certain that a sequel to the epic battle between Depp and Heard is coming to your nearest courtroom soon.