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Amber Heard filed a notice of appeal on Thursday challenging the verdict in Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit against her after a jury determined the ‘Aquaman’ actress owed her ex-husband $10.35 million in damages and interests.
Heard, 36, is asking the Virginia Court of Appeals to overturn the panel’s decision after a shocking live trial that included allegations that the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor penetrated her with a bottle of alcohol and cut off the tip of her finger in a fit of rage.
The one-page notice filed with Fairfax County Circuit Court was to be entered within 30 days of the June 24 judgment and is a precursor to a comprehensive motion that will detail Heard’s grounds for appeal.
“We believe the court made errors that precluded a fair and just First Amendment-compliant verdict. We are therefore appealing the verdict,” Heard’s spokesperson said in a statement.
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“While we realize today’s filing will light the bonfires on Twitter, we must take steps to ensure both fairness and justice,” the statement continued.
The latest filing comes after Trial Judge Penney Azcarate dismissed a series of post-verdict motions from Heard in which she alleged that Depp, 59, failed to prove his claims and that a wrong juror had been named in the case.
After the six-week trial, a seven-juror panel awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, finding Heard defamed him while writing a Washington Post op-ed referring to herself as a victim of domestic violence.
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Azcarate reduced the punitive damages to $350,000 — the maximum allowed by Virginia law — and entered judgment against her for $10.35 million on June 24.
The jury also awarded Heard $2 million in her counterclaim, finding that Depp’s lawyer defamed her in a single statement to the press.
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A spokesperson for Depp said there was no basis for an appeal.
“The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and reached a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant herself repeatedly defamed Mr. Depp,” the spokesperson said. “We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand.”
The warring exes faced each other in protracted legal battles for more than six years, far longer than their brief 15-month marriage.
Since her crushing defeat, Heard has been spotted shopping at TJ Maxx in the Hamptons, while Depp has been on tour with England guitarist Jeff Beck in Europe.
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Depp was recently spotted in Italy with a red-haired French teacher who is said to be helping him prepare for his upcoming movie role.