Johnny Depp’s legal representatives want the $10.35 million defamation judgment against the actor’s ex-wife Amber Heard to be upheld, despite the possibility that the wrong juror for the trial showed up, reports Variety. Hurd’s lawyers have argued that the verdict should be set aside and a new trial ordered because one of the seven jurors in the case never received a summons.
But in a filing Monday (Pacific Standard Time) accessed by Variety, Depp’s attorneys argued that Heard has not shown that the error caused him any bias, and that he did not raise the issue sooner than later to object. waived his rights.
Depp’s lawyers wrote: “Amazingly, Ms. Hurd cited no case law to support her argument that Juror 15’s service if she is not the same person the Court has assigned as Juror 15.” Somehow her due process would be compromised and a harsher remedy would be guaranteed. To ‘quash the verdict and order a new trial’. Ms. Hurd does not exhibit any prejudice, and her speculative argument would have failed accordingly. Huh. Read also: Shadow sits on Johnny Depp-Amber Heard verdict as wrong juror, actress ‘wants new trial’
Variety further said that Depp was awarded $10.35 million after a jury found that Heard had defamed him by referring to his domestic violence allegations in a December 2018 op-ed about the #MeToo movement. Heard was also awarded a $2 million award in a counterclaim alleging that Depp’s attorney had defamed him and his friends by accusing him of an elaborate misdemeanor hoax.
Hurd’s lawyers have called for the judgment to be set aside for a number of other reasons as well. He has argued that Depp’s team made unreasonable arguments in the lawsuit, seeking to hold him accountable for domestic violence claims dating back to 2016, which Depp waived his right to challenge in the couple’s divorce settlement. .
He also argued that the jury members could not logically know that Depp had suffered any damage from the op-ed, which came more than two years after Depp’s reputation had already been seriously damaged. .
In the filing, Depp’s lawyers pointed to the evidence they presented showing that Depp lost out on the sixth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film in the wake of the op-ed. He argued that the evidence showed Depp was actually entitled to more than $10 million.