Amber Heard plans to appeal Johnny Depp trial verdict

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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp.

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While a judge ruled in Johnny Deppthe favor of his Amber Heard defamation lawsuit, several sources confirm We Weekly that the Aquaman The actress intends to appeal the verdict.

“She is 100% appealing to free speech and telling her friends that she is determined to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if she has to,” an insider said. We Friday, June 3. “She can’t understand that she lost.”

Although court documents have yet to be filed, the source notes that the 36-year-old Texas native “is not worried” about paying the 58-year-old. Pirates of the Caribbean star because “she is convinced that she will win the appeal”.

Depp filed a lawsuit against his The rum journal costar – who he was married to between 2015 and 2017 – citing defamation in response to a 2018 opinion piece she wrote for the Washington Post. In the op-ed, Heard revealed she was a domestic violence survivor, but did not name Depp or her alleged abuser in the post. (The outlet has since added an editor’s note to the article with the trial results.)

Following the trial that began in April, a jury ruled in favor of Depp on Wednesday, June 1, awarding the Kentucky native $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. . Depp’s punitive award has been reduced to $350,000 since Virginia state law capped the maximum amount that could be awarded.

“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” Heard said in a statement to We at the time. “I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence and sway of my ex-husband.”

She added: “I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It’s a setback. It takes the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. … I am sad to have lost this case. But I’m even sadder to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.

In the middle of the verdict, the Justice League The actress was awarded $2 million after the jury discovered Depp’s lawyer made a defamatory statement about her, alleging her abuse allegations were a hoax.

While Depp was not in court on Wednesday, he released a statement to We that he was “humbled” and pleased with the verdict, noting, “Telling the truth was something I owed to my children and everyone who remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing that I have finally accomplished this.

In addition to filing a possible appeal, Heard hopes to focus her priorities on her family after the trial. The insider explains that the never back down star ‘tells friends she’s just going to focus on raising her daughter [Oonagh.]”

Heard secretly welcomed her first child via surrogate in April 2021.

“Four years ago, I decided that I wanted to have a child. I wanted to do it on my own terms,” the actress wrote via Instagram at the time. “I now understand how radical it is for us as women to think about one of the most fundamental aspects of our destiny in this way. I hope we get to a point where it’s normalized not to want a ring to have a crib. Part of me wants to assert that my private life is nobody’s business. … [Oonagh is] the beginning of the rest of my life.

With reporting by Diana Cooper and Andrea Simpson

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