Actor Amber heard wants a new trial and a mistrial in her defamation case against ex-husband Johnny Depp. Her lawyers told a U.S. court that the high-profile trial had “challenged due process” as an incorrect juror, who was not on the list, was part of the trial, and so the court should have ordered the June 1 verdict. reject and retry. Recently, Amber’s legal team had also asked the court to overturn the defamation verdict, as there was no evidence to support Johnny’s claim that Amber was defaming her. Read more: Amber Heard asks court to dismiss defamation verdict for lack of ‘evidence’
Amber was ordered by a jury in a Virginia court to pay Johnny $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, which the judge reduced to $3.5 million because of a limit in the state of Virginia. On the other hand, Johnny Depp was ordered to pay Amber $2 million after their defamation trial. The jury found that Amber had defamed her ex-husband in a 2018 article, in which she said she was a victim of domestic violence.
According to a new report, Amber’s lawyers are now alleging that an abusive juror was on trial for defamation. Deadline reported Friday that a 77-year-old person was called up for jury duty, who appears to live at the same address as a 52-year-old, who had “the same last name.” The last was the juror, who was on the jury during the trial.
“Mrs. Heard had the right to rely on the basic safeguards, as mandated by the Virginia Code, that the jurors in this trial would be individuals who had actually been called up to jury duty. In this case, it appears that juror No. 15 was in fact not the same person listed on the jury panel. For example, the 52-year-old (redacted) who served six weeks on the jury was never called for jury duty on April 11 and did not appear on the list, “as required,” Amber’s attorneys said in a statement. partially redacted new application as quoted by Deadline.
Amber’s lawyer said that as a result of the alleged error, the “real trial” had been “endangered”, and therefore said a mistrial should be ordered by the court, which would invalidate the first trial and its outcome.
“Mrs Heard’s fair trial was therefore jeopardized. Under these circumstances, a mistrial and a new trial should be ordered,” Amber’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft is said to have said in the new report.
Previously, Amber’s lawyers had also argued that Johnny was not entitled to any damages awarded to him by the jury, saying, “There is no evidence of damage to Mr. Depp’s reputation caused by Mrs. Heard’s Op-Ed.”
Johnny and Amber have both accused each other of domestic violence. Johnny sued Amber for defamation over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018. She never mentioned his name, calling herself “a public figure who represents domestic violence.” In 2021, Amber sued Johnny for $100 million.