Amber Heard and Johnny Depp faced each other in court for six weeks. In the end, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star won the process. But now the court decision is said to be invalid. The reason for this is a mix-up by a jury in the courtroom.
In early June, Johnny Depp won the defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard after a six-week trial. Now the actress is demanding that the verdict be overturned. The 36-year-old’s legal team gives reasons that the procedure did not proceed properly. As “people.com” reports, new court documents should prove that a wrong jury sat in the courtroom.
Based on a 43-page document filed with Fairfax County District Court, Heard’s attorneys are seeking a new trial “based on newly discovered facts and information.” The reason: Jury member #15, who was subpoenaed on April 11, did not appear to be the person identified by the selection process.
The decisive factor was the age of the man or woman. The person originally selected by the court was supposed to be 77 years old (born in 1945). Instead, a person who had the same name and address, but was only 52 years old (born in 1970), was on trial. The actress’ attorneys are now pleading that due to the mistaken identity and illegally assembled jury, Amber did not receive “due process” and are now calling for “a new trial” for the “Aquaman” actress.
The lawyers also argue that Depp’s claim that he lost his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series because of Amber’s comment in the Washington Post was false. After all, Amber would not have named the perpetrator at the time. The lawsuit allegedly relied solely on a theory of defamation by insinuation, which “dropped any allegation that Ms. Heard’s statements were in fact false.”
However, Amber ultimately lost the defamation lawsuit and the jury awarded the 59-year-old $15 million in damages, albeit with a cap. But Amber also received $2 million in damages for her counterclaim.
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The original of this post “New documents: In the Heard-Depp trial, a wrong jury sat in the courtroom” comes from Bunte.de.