Amber Heard’s request for a retrial in her defamation case against ex-husband Johnny Depp has been denied by a US court in Virginia. On Wednesday, the judge, who presided over the six-week trial in April-June, issued a written order denying Amber’s request to set aside the June 1 verdict in the high-profile trial, or have a mistrial. Amber was ordered to pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $3.5 million in punitive damages in the verdict, while Johnny was ordered to pay Amber $2 million. Read more: Johnny Depp’s team opposes Amber Heard’s request to overturn the verdict

Last week, Amber’s lawyers filed a motion saying that one of the jurors elected to the… Amber heard vs Johnny Depp trial was not the same person who received the jury summons. Johnny’s legal team had rejected the efforts of Amber’s lawyers, calling the filing “frivolous.”

In a written order on Wednesday, Judge Penney Azcarate rejected all of Amber’s claims, saying the juror’s issue was specifically irrelevant and Amber cannot demonstrate that she was biased. “The juror was vetted, sat in front of the entire jury, deliberated and reached a verdict. The only evidence for this Court is that this juror and all of the jurors obeyed their oaths, instructions and orders of the Court. This court is bound by the competent decision of the jury,” Azcarate wrote, the AP reported.

“The juror was vetted, sat in front of the entire jury, deliberated and reached a verdict. The only evidence for this Court is that this juror and all of the jurors obeyed their oaths, instructions and orders of the Court. This Court is bound by the competent decision of the jury,” Azcarate wrote.

Johnny sued Amber in March 2019 for defamation after she wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post in 2018 about domestic violence. The article did not mention Johnny by name, but his lawyers said the article defamed him by referring to allegations of abuse when she filed for divorce in 2016. In early June, a jury in Fairfax County, Virginia, found Amber guilty of three charges of defamation and ordered her to pay Johnny $10.35 million in damages. The jury concluded that “they both insulted each other,” but Amber’s team could not prove that Johnny’s abuse was physical. Johnny was found guilty of one defamation claim and Amber was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.

With inputs from AP

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