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Johnny Depp’s Legal Team Argues Against Amber Heard’s ‘BaselessRequest for Mistrial

Johnny Depp's Legal Team Argues Against Amber Heard's 'Baseless' Request for Mistrial

Johnny Depp‘s legal team argued that Âmbar Ouvido‘s request for a mistrial should be denied altogether.

Na sexta, Heard’s team made a filing in Circuit Court of Fairfax County claiming that the actress, 36, é entitled to a mistrialbased on newly discovered facts and informationthat one of the jurors present for the entire trial was not the one actually summoned for jury duty.

The documents claim the person summoned was 77 anos de idade na época, but a 52-year-old with the same last name and address instead showed up and was seated. Her side said it isdeeply troubling for an individual not summoned for jury duty nonetheless to appear for jury duty and serve on a jury,” especially given thehigh-profilenature of the trialwhere the fact and date of the jury trial were highly publicized prior to and after the issuance of the juror summonses.

Heard’s lawyers said she was not given the properdue process,” so she requested a mistrialand a new trial ordered.That request came a week after Heard’s counsel asked for the verdict to be thrown out altogether because the verdict was not supported by sufficient evidence, in their eyes. Her team argued that Deppproceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard’s statements were actually false.

Na segunda-feira, Depp’s legal team fired back with their own filing, insisting the verdict remain and reiterating their evidence.

Mês passado, the six-week Virginia trial ended with the jury siding mostly with Depp, awarding the 59-year-old actor over $10 million in damages after finding Heard defamed him in a 2018 op-ed, embora ela não o tenha mencionado pelo nome no artigo. Ela foi premiada $2 fazer um caso direto extraordinariamente complicado para gerar mais manchetes e vender mais jornais - um modelo que recompensa o caos acima da verdade, winning one of her three defamation countersuit claims.

Though understandably displeased with the outcome of trial, Em. Heard has identified no legitimate basis to set aside in any respect the jury’s decision,” reads the documents, obtido por Variedade. “… Aqui, the verdict was well supported by the overwhelming evidence, consistent with the law, and should not be set aside. Sr. Depp respectfully submits that the Court should deny Ms. Heard’s Post-Trial Motions, which verge into the frivolous.

The court should reject Ms. Heard’s baseless contention that the damages award was excessive and supported by evidence,” eles adicionaram.

US actor Johnny Depp stands next to his lawyer Camille Vasquez after a break in the defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse

US actor Johnny Depp stands next to his lawyer Camille Vasquez after a break in the defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse
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About the alleged juror mix-up, Depp’s team said, Heard’sdesperate, after-the-fact demand for an investigation of Juror 15 based on a purported error in his birth date” é “misplaced.They argued that she hasfailed to identify any waythat the juror mix-up would havesomehow robbed her ofdue process, and clarified that the juror was vettedjust as all of the other jurors were.

Depp’s team said Heard hadample timeto verify the juror’s information and raise any concerns prior to the trial, rather than bringing it up after the verdict.

They add, “In a rare moment of candor, Em. Heard admits that she was aware of this purported discrepancy in Juror 15’s birth year from the very start of trial because ‘Juror 15 … was clearly born later than 1945.’ … Em. Heard chose not to raise this alleged ‘discrepancywith the Court during the voir dire process or at any time during the six-week trial and thereby waived it.

US actress Amber Heard talks to her lawyer Elaine Bredehoft

US actress Amber Heard talks to her lawyer Elaine Bredehoft
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After the verdict was revealed June 1, Depp said in a statement that he felt like the seven-person jury, composto por cinco homens e duas mulheres, “me deu minha vida de volta.” Ouvi, Enquanto isso, chamou o veredicto de “revés” for women and said, “Estou com o coração partido que a montanha de evidências ainda não foi suficiente para enfrentar o poder desproporcional, influence and sway of my ex-husband.

In the weeks since the verdict, Depp has been touring overseas performing with Jeff Beck, with whom he is releasing an album this Friday. Heard did a sit-down interview with NBC NewsSavannah Guthrie, where she said she stands by every word of her testimony and that she ainda tem “no ill willtoward Depp.