Amber Heard Heads to Appeal court after unfavourable verdict in case against Johnny Depp
Amber Heard will appeal the verdict in the trial against Johnny Depp, her spokesperson said after her libel trial.
The Aquaman actress made the decisions hours after the court awarded Johnny Depp $15 million in damages over a domestic abuse case.
Alafair Hall, the actress's spokesperson, according to the New York Times, said Amber will appeal the decision after she said she was "heartbroken" by the outcome.
Johnny dragged his ex-wife to court, accusing her of defaming him in an article she wrote in The Washington Post titled "I spoke up against sexual violence - and I faced our culture's wrath. That has to change."
Though no name was mentioned, Johnny's legal team claimed the article implied the 'Pirate of the Caribbean actor molested Amber physically and sexually during their couples years.
The court awarded Johnny 58 $10 million in compensatory damages and another $5 million in punitive damages, making a total of $15 million.
For Amber, 36, to be successful in her appeal, expert says, she would have to prove that there were errors in the trial and must post a bond for the full $10 million judgement, plus interest.
After losing the legal battle, Amber said "I'm heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was 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."
She added that the verdict "sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated."
She said the verdict has stamped on her "freedom of speech" as an American.
"I'm sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly," she said.
The court also awarded two million dollars in Amber's favour over a counterclaim against Johnny after his lawyer, Adam Waldman, allegedly referred to her abuse claims as a "hoax."©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.