Less than a day after Amber Heard officially announced her intention to appeal her libel conviction against Johnny Depp, Aquaman the star’s ex-husband made his own retaliatory move.
In filings this morning in Fairfax County, the former Pirates of the Caribbean the actor put his legitimate players on the board. “Plaintiff and Counterclaim Defendant John S. Depp, II, through counsel, hereby appeals to the Virginia Court of Appeals all adverse decisions and the final judgment of this district court, rendered on June 24, 2022,” the four said. notice of appeal (read here).
For now, Depp’s appeal represents a legal tactic as both a clean response to Heard’s July 21 appeal and an attempt to return the $2 million award that a Virginia jury awarded to Heard in her $100 million counterclaim against Depp and his 2019. $50 million complaint.
June 1 after. Over the course of six weeks and often overt and acrimonious litigation, a seven-member panel awarded Depp a near-total victory with roughly $15 million in damages. Judge Penny Azkarate reduced this award to approximately $10.3 million, in accordance with the limitation on punitive damages imposed by the Old Dominion’s statute.
“It was an extremely positive verdict for Mr. Depp,” a source close to aide Jeff Beck’s camp told Deadline on Friday, less than 24 hours after Heard filed the long-awaited paperwork.
“The verdict speaks for itself and Mr Depp believes it is time for both parties to move on and heal,” the source added. “But if Ms. Hurd is determined to proceed with the litigation by appealing the verdict, Mr. Depp is filing a parallel appeal to ensure that the Court of Appeal hears the full report and all relevant legal issues.”
Representatives for Heard did not respond to a request for comment Friday on Depp’s appeal.
This peculiar checkmate today is just the latest legal interaction between Rum Diary co-stars since their short-lived marriage fell apart in 2016 amid allegations of abuse, a temporary restraining order against Depp and media frenzy.
Depp sued his Heard in March 2019 for $50 million over a Washington Post article in late 2018 that she had become “a public figure representing domestic violence.” Even though the ACLU-created article in a newspaper owned by Jeff Bezos never mentioned Depp’s name, he claimed it “ruined” his already tarnished blockbuster career. Although he didn’t say anything during the couple’s 2016 divorce, about his paperwork and in court in Virginia, Depp also now insists that he was, in fact, the one who was abused in the relationship.
Two years ago, Hurd repeatedly failed to get the case dismissed or to move out of Virginia before the trial began. Hurd filed a $100 million counterclaim two years ago. This lawsuit came months before Depp’s British libel lawsuit against the Sun tabloid for calling him a “wife beater” was unsuccessful. .
At her trial earlier this year, Hurd alleged in her sworn testimony that Depp repeatedly sexually assaulted her and physically and psychologically abused her during their relationship. Subsequently, the actor categorically denied this in his testimony.
Fast and furious on so many levels, Depp’s notice of appeal and Hurd’s appeal on Thursday came just over a week after Azkarate dismissed the latter’s Elaine Bredehof-led team’s ambitious attempt to hand over a $10.3 million award and a verdict in Depp’s favour. and get the full amount. new test. Lawyers for Depp Brown Rudnick called the effort “baseless” and “not serious.”
Despite citing the fact that the wrong person appeared to be on the jury, Hurd’s lawyers were strongly rebuffed by Azcarate on July 13. a Fairfax County judge who presided over a circus-like trial that began in mid-April. “The only evidence before this court is that this juror and all jurors followed their oaths, instructions and orders of the court. This court is bound by the competent decision of the jury.”
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