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Amber Heard’s legal team filed a motion to have the verdict of her blockbuster defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp thrown out.
Lawyers representing Heard, 36, filed the motion on Friday on the grounds that the verdict that she had defamed Depp, 59, were not supported by evidence. They also alleged that a juror had not been properly vetted, and questioned whether that juror was even supposed to be allowed on the jury.
The article goes on to state the following:
In a 43-page memorandum Heard’s lawyers argued that the verdict – and the $10million in damages she now owes Depp – should be tossed out on the grounds that during the trial Depp ‘proceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard’s statements were actually false.’
Heard also claims that one juror who served during the seven-week trial was not properly vetted by court officials because their listed birth year was 1945.
The filing states that Juror 15, “was clearly born later than 1945. Publicly available information demonstrates that he appears to have been born in 1970.”
“This discrepancy raises the question whether Juror 15 actually received a summons for jury duty and was properly vetted by the court to serve on the jury,” the motion adds.
Ben Chew, Depp’s lead attorney, dismissed the motion as “what we expected, just longer, no more substantive.”
— TMZ (@TMZ) July 3, 2022
Amber Heard wants to toss verdict or order new trial in Johnny Depp case https://t.co/MNKNrqY5tE
— The Independent (@Independent) July 3, 2022
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