Amber Heard, the American actress, and model, has appealed for a new trial in the defamation case against her ex-husband Johnny Depp. Heard has argued that the original trial was unfair and that she was not given a fair chance to present her side of the story.
The original trial took place in April 2020 in a Virginia court and was focused solely on Depp’s reputation and financial losses. Depp had sued Heard for $50 million in damages, claiming she had defamed him in an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018. In the op-ed, Heard had described herself as a victim of domestic abuse and identified her abuser only as a “public figure.” Depp has denied all allegations of abuse, and the case has become a high-profile legal battle between the two sides.
In her appeal, Heard argues that the trial was unfair as she was not allowed to present evidence of Depp’s past behavior, which she believes is relevant to the case. She also claims that the judge in the case failed to properly consider key evidence, such as text messages and photographic evidence of Depp’s alleged abusive behavior.
Heard’s lawyers also argue that the original trial was biased against her due to the judge’s decision to exclude evidence of Depp’s past behavior and to limit the number of witnesses who could testify. They argue that this decision prevented Heard from adequately presenting her case and that the judge’s ruling was ultimately prejudicial.
In response to Heard’s appeal, Depp’s lawyers have argued that the original trial was fair and that the evidence presented was sufficient to support the verdict. They argue that Heard’s arguments are baseless and that the judge in the case acted properly and without bias.
Heard’s appeal is currently being considered by the Virginia Supreme Court, and the outcome of the case remains to be seen. If her appeal is successful, the case will be returned to the lower court for a new trial. Regardless of the outcome, the high-profile case has already sparked a great deal of debate about domestic violence and the legal system’s ability to fairly adjudicate such cases.
The ongoing court battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard over a libel suit has recently taken an interesting turn when Heard’s attorneys argued for the trial to take place in California, rather than Virginia. These arguments were made due to the fact that the Washington Post houses its servers in Virginia, and the couple once lived together in California.
The case in question arose from an article written by Heard that appeared in the Washington Post in December 2018. In the article, Heard discussed her experience as a survivor of domestic abuse, and Depp filed a libel suit against her in response. The case has been ongoing since then, with both parties having to make multiple court appearances.