Johnny Depp case: Amber Heard officially appeals the verdict

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Johnny Depp case: Amber Heard officially appeals the verdict

Amber Heard had been ordered to pay 10 million US dollars to Johnny Depp, according to the judgment rendered on June 1 by a court in Virginia.

A new chapter was added on Monday to the legal saga between Amber Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp. The actress has formally filed an appeal in hopes of overturning the verdict that was handed down last summer after a highly publicized defamation lawsuit.

The 36-year-old actress was ordered to pay 10 million US dollars (13 million Canadian dollars) to the star of the saga Pirates of the Caribbean, according to the judgment rendered on June 1 by a court in Virginia.

< p class="e-p">Amber Heard's legal team, which initially failed to obtain a mistrial, is now invoking the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression.

The trial court erred in rejecting Ms. Heard's motion of no confidence, the document released on Monday reads.

The star d& #x27;Aquamanexplained that the statements for which their client was found guilty of defamation, originally reported in the Washington Post, constituted the expression of opinions protected by the Constitution which could not give rise to legal action.

This ruling, if upheld, will no doubt have a chilling effect on other women who wish to speak out about abuse involving powerful men, Amber Heard's team added.

Johnny Depp in the courtroom last summer.

The legal battle between the two stars stems from a column published by the Washington Post in 2018, in which Amber Heard described herself as a public figure representing domestic violence, without naming her ex-husband.

Assuring that this text had destroyed her reputation and career, Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation for US$50 million (C$64 million) in damages. Amber Heard had counter-sued and asked for double.

After six weeks of trial, the jury members of the court in Fairfax, Va., concluded that the ex-spouses had defamed each other, but felt that the damages suffered by Johnny Depp were greater.

Broadcast live on television, the trial was watched by millions of people around the world and caused an outburst of insulting messages towards the actress on social networks.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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