Amber Heard's appeal asks court to dismiss Johnny Depp verdict or order new trial

Amber Heard’s legal team has asked Fairfax County Court to set aside the jury verdict from her defamation trial against her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, or alternatively order a new trial.

In a 53-page document filed on Friday, Ms Heard’s lawyers cited issues with the jury, the damages awarded to Mr Depp and the arguments set out by his legal team.

Ms Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, said in the document that the damages awarded to Mr Depp are “unsupported by the evidence and the law”.

It also outlines that Mr Depp’s damages were “excessive” and states that the actor is not entitled to damages for “conduct prior to the op-ed” or for “alternative causes”.

Ms Bredehoft also says Mr Depp’s team did not present evidence of actual malice or to support that Ms Heard defamed him in her 2018 article.

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She wrote: “I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence and sway of my ex-husband.

“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback.” 

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