After learning that a juror had not received a subpoena for the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp trial, the actress’ attorneys have called for it to be dismissed.
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The trial, opposing Amber Heard to Johnny Depp, ended in early June with a jury concluding that the actress had defamed her ex-husband in a column published in the washington post in 2018. The star ofAquaman was ordered to pay $10.35 million in damages, a sum she cannot “absolutely notBut weeks after being found guilty of defamation, Amber Heard’s legal team is now calling for a mistrial. On Friday, July 8, the actress’ lawyers have officially filed a motion asking that the verdict of the libel lawsuit against Johnny Depp be overturnedincluding the amount of damages awarded to her ex-husband.
New twist in the Johnny Depp / Amber Heard affair!
The 43-page document says a 77-year-old man was due to appear in court, but it was a 52-year-old man – with the same last name and living at the same address – who sat alongside the others jurors during the trial. “Based on newly discovered facts and information, Juror #15 was not the person summoned for jury duty on April 11, 2022and, therefore, was not on the jury panel and should not have been on the jury in this trial.” Thereby, “Ms. Heard respectfully requests the court to declare a mistrial due to the improper attendance of a juror in violation of their right to a fair trial, and to order a new trial, as well as any other appropriate action or relief.” Faced with this new development, Johnny Depp’s lawyer, Ben Chew, reacted: “It is exactly what we expected. It’s just longer than expected, and it doesn’t add much.“
Could the verdict be overturned?
Last week, Amber Heard’s lawyers also demanded the reversal of the trial verdict. The latter judged that the evidence against her was unfounded. The actress has once again assured that Johnny Depp has never lost his role in the saga Pirates of the Caribbean because of his article published in the washington postwhere she described herself as a victim of domestic violence.
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