Few celebrity lawsuits have captured the world’s attention quite like Johnny Depp’s libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard. Per NBC News, Depp filed a $50 million lawsuit in March 2019, alleging that a 2018 comment by the “Aquaman” star for the Washington Post damaged his reputation and cost him a job have. In response, Heard filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit, accusing Depp of harassment and ruining her reputation.
The week-long trial, which began on April 11, ended in June when the jury unanimously found that Heard had indeed defamed Depp. According to Variety, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor has been awarded $350,000 in punitive damages and $10 million in compensatory damages. Heard, on the other hand, received $2 million in damages and nothing more.
While Depp conceded that “the jury gave me my life back,” according to People, Heard has since expressed disappointment with the verdict. Not only is she disappointed, but the 3 Days to Kill actor is taking action to prove it. Warning – Amber Heard is not backing down!
Amber Heard wants the court to declare a mistrial
Amber Heard is asking the court for a new decision in the Johnny Depp defamation case. Court documents obtained by People show that Heard’s attorneys are requesting a trial based on new information about a certain juror in the case. According to the documents, although it was a 77-year-old who the court had called to serve on a jury, it was actually a 52-year-old with the same name and address who showed up. “It is deeply troubling for a person who has not been summoned to jury duty to nevertheless appear and serve on a jury, particularly one [case] like this one,” the file said.
CNN reports that this new filing means that Heard’s attorneys argue that the trial was compromised because the juror on the list was not the person who sat on the jury. It’s uncertain what the court and Depp will do next.
Heard’s motion for a mistrial follows her allegation that social media users played a significant role in the outcome of the trial. “You still couldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that you think there was a fair representation on social media,” she said during an appearance on Today. The jury may have reached a verdict, but the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard debacle is definitely far from over.