Amber Heard has hinted that she plans to file an appeal following Johnny Depp’s victory in the libel suit between the former married couple.
Judge Penney Azcarate delivered a ruling on Friday echoing the June 1 verdict, Law and crime Angenette Levy reported.
The actors’ legal teams met in court on Friday, but it’s still unclear if they discussed a settlement. Judge Azcarate had given both sides until Friday to reach a settlement if they wished.
Ms Levy reported via Twitter that the judge was “no frills as usual” and that Mr Depp’s legal team did not seek an injunction, as expected.
The order for judgment stated that “the jury’s verdict of $5 million in punitive damages in favor of Mr. Depp is hereby reduced to $350,000, the legal cap … with respect to the claim, a judgment is hereby entered in favor of Mr. Depp against Mrs. Heard in the amount of $10,350,000, with interest at the statutory rate of six percent from the date of this order”.
“With respect to the counterclaim, judgment is hereby entered in favor of Ms. Heard against Mr. Depp in the amount of $2 million, with interest at the statutory rate of 6% from the date of this order,” the judgment order concluded.
In a statement to the independent, a spokesperson for Ms Heard said: ‘As stated during yesterday’s congressional hearings, you are not asking for a pardon if you are innocent. And you don’t refuse to appeal if you know you’re right.
Lawyer Lisa Bloom believes that we have not seen the end of the trial and that the case will be decided on appeal.
Ms Bloom, whose clients have included Janice Dickinson (in her allegations against Bill Cosby), actor Mischa Barton (in a revenge porn lawsuit) and Harvey Weinstein (for whom Ms Bloom was an early adviser before quitting ) spoke to BBC Newsnight after the verdict in the defamation case.
Jurors announced on June 1 that they had reached a decision in the case between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard in Fairfax, Virginia. They found that Ms. Heard defamed Mr. Depp in three statements and that Ms. Heard was defamed in one of the three statements at the center of her countersuit. Mr. Depp was awarded $10.35 million in damages and Ms. Heard was awarded $2 million.
“I want to emphasize that this is not the end, because most defamation cases are really decided on appeal,” Ms Bloom told Newsnight, adding that she saw “a lot of problems on appeal” in the Depp versus Heard case.
She also called the verdict “inconsistent” as the jury found Mr Depp and Ms Heard had been defamed.
Specifically, the jury found that Mr Depp had been defamed in Ms Heard’s op-ed in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence”. They also found that Ms Heard had been defamed in a statement by Adam Waldman (a former lawyer for Mr Depp) calling some of Ms Heard’s claims a “hoax”.
“How come Amber Heard was defamed when Johnny Depp’s lawyer said her allegations were a hoax, and yet Johnny Depp was also defamed when she said she was representative of violence domestic ?” Mrs. Bloom asked. “I think it’s inconsistent, and you can’t have an inconsistent verdict.”
Ms Bloom went on to point out that one of the three statements found to be defamatory by the jury is the title of the article, which Ms Heard “did not write”. “She retweeted it, but she didn’t write it,” Ms Bloom added. “I retweet articles all the time. Am I responsible if there is a misrepresentation in this article? In general, we believe that people are not responsible for this.
Ms Bloom said she believed ‘in a year or two’ the case would receive a ‘more definitive answer’.
Ms Heard’s lawyer told the Today show Ms Heard ‘absolutely’ intends to appeal the verdict, arguing that ‘a number of things have been allowed in this court that should not have been allowed’.