Amber Heard’s request for a new trial allegations that the wrong juror sat at the defamation trial that closed last month was denied by a judge in Virginia. According to Fox News, Judge Penney Azcarate, who presided over the trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court, claimed that “there is no evidence of fraud or misconduct.”
Heard’s team had argued in a motion last week that a subpoena had been sent to a 77-year-old man, but his 52-year-old son, who shares the same name and address, responded instead and sat on the panel as a juror. No. 15. The same claimed, the team of the Aquaman actress had filed for an annulment. On June 8, the jury concluded its verdict Hold Heard liable for defaming Depp in her 2018 op-ed and order her to pay $10 million in damages.
As for the denial of the motion for annulment, Judge Azcarate further revealed that Judge No. 15 provided his official name and address and did not provide a date of birth, adding: “The information on the jury’s questionnaire is consistent with the information which juror Fifteen provided to the court.” The judge also maintained that both sides were given a jury list five days before the trial began and that no matter was raised.
The judge also reportedly denied six other claims Heard made in her motion to overturn the verdict, while: Depp’s lawyerBen Chew also filed a motion on Monday calling Heard’s grounds for a mistrial as frivolous.