Johnny Depp responds quickly to Amber Heard’s appeal against one of his kings

Less than a day after Amber Heard was given formal notice of her intent to appeal the verdict in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial, Aquaman The star’s ex-husband launched his countermovement.

In papers filed this morning in the former Fairfax County Pirates of the Caribbean The actor put his legal players on the board. “Plaintiff and defendant in counterclaim John C. Deeb, II, through counsel, hereby appeal to the Virginia Court of Appeals against all adverse judgments and from this Circuit Court’s final judgment entered on June 24, 2022,” said the Four-page notice of appeal ( Read it here).

A legal tactic at the moment, Depp’s appeal is as much a net response to Heard’s July 21 appeal as it is an attempt to recover the $2 million prize awarded by a Virginia jury to Heard in a $100 million counterclaim against Depp and a 2019 $50 million complaint. .

On June 1 after. The proceedings lasted six weeks and were often outright and bitter, with the seven-person panel handing a near-total win to Depp with nearly $15 million in damages. This award was reduced to approximately $10.3 million by Judge Benny Azcaret under the maximum limit imposed by old state laws on punitive damages.

“This was a very positive judgment for Mr. Depp,” a source close to Jeff Beck Seidman’s camp told Deadline Friday, less than 24 hours after Heard presented her long-awaited papers.

The source added, “The verdict speaks for itself, and Mr. Deeb believes this is the right time for both parties to move forward with their lives and heal.” “But if Ms. Heard is determined to pursue further lawsuits with an appeal, Mr. Depp is filing a simultaneous appeal to ensure that the full record and all relevant legal issues are heard by the Court of Appeal.”

Heard’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment Friday on Depp’s appeal notice

This checkmate of some kind today is just the latest legal interaction between ram’s diary Co-stars have since the collapse of their short-lived marriage in 2016 amid allegations of abuse, a temporary restraining order against Depp, and a fueled media frenzy.

Depp sued Heard in March 2019 for $50 million over late 2018 in a Washington Post op-ed that asserted she had become a “public figure representing domestic violence.” Although the ACLU article in a newspaper owned by Jeff Bezos never mentioned Depp by name, he claimed it “ruined” his already lackluster career. Although he said nothing during the couple’s 2016 divorce, in filings he made and on the podium at the Virginia trial, Depp has now also insisted that he was actually the one who was abused in the relationship.

Having repeatedly failed to dismiss the case or move it from Virginia before the trial began, Heard opposed $100 million two years ago, and the action came months before Depp’s defamation case in the UK against The Sun newspaper described him as a “wife beater” and proved she unsuccessful .

At trial earlier this year, Heard alleged in her sworn testimony that Depp sexually assaulted her on numerous occasions, in addition to physically and psychologically abusing her during their relationship. The actor’s claim was vehemently denied in his own testimony afterwards.

Fast and furious on so many levels, Depp’s notice of appeal and Hurdles as of Thursday comes just over a week after Azcaret rejected an ambitious bid by the latest team led by Eileen Breedhoft to throw in the $10.3 million prize and the ruling is in Depp’s favor and get a full. new experience. Lawyers for Depp’s Brown Rudnick called these efforts “unfounded” and “frivolous.”

Although they cited the fact that it appeared the wrong person was sitting on the jury, Heard’s attorney, Azcaret, was dismissed on July 13. The Fairfax County judge, who presided over the once circus-like trial that began in mid-April. “The only evidence before this court is that this juror and all the jurors followed their oath and the instructions and orders of the court. This court is bound by the decision of the appropriate jury.”

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