AceShowbiz - Amber Heard has officially filed to appeal her defamation case against Johnny Depp. On Thursday, July 21, almost two months after the "Aquaman" actress was ordered to pay her ex-husband more $10 million (£8.4 million) damages, her lawyers submitted a notice attempting to reverse the ruling.
The appeal filing came despite Heard being denied her request for a new trial last Wednesday, July 13. Depp's representatives repeated their confidence the payout decision would not be reversed.
On Thursday evening, July 21 in the wake of Heard's appeal application, a spokesman for the "Ed Wood" actor told Daily Mail, "The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and came to a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant herself defamed Mr Depp, in multiple instances. We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand."
In early July, Heard's attorneys asked the judge to declare a mistrial. They argued one of the jurors on the case should not have been eligible to sit as his summons was intended for his father, who had the same name and address.
The request was dismissed with Judge Penny Azcarate ruling there was "no evidence of fraud or wrongdoing" by the juror and the jury's verdict should stand. She also noted both sides had questioned and accepted all jury members at the start of the trial.
Heard has said she is unable to pay the fortune in damages owed to Depp, which was awarded after a jury ruled she defamed her ex in a newspaper opinion piece published in 2018. The 36-year-old actress won only one of her three countersuit claims.
During an interview in June on "Good Morning America", a lawyer for Depp suggested the actor might be willing to forgo the multi-million dollar damages award if Heard agreed not to go ahead with an appeal. Her lawyers lost the chance during a June 24 hearing when they declined to make the agreement and Judge Azcarate finalized the verdict, leaving Heard's only way forward an appeal.