A little over a month after Johnny Depp was victorious in court over his ex-wife Amber Heard in their highly-publicized defamation trial, there has been a new development that Heard is likely to be pretty upset about. It was just confirmed that a judge formally denied Amber Heard’s request for a new trial following her loss to Johnny Depp and being ordered to pay the $15 million judgement settlement.
@Variety reports, Virginia Judge Penney Azcarate officially denied Amber Heard’s request for mistrial in the defamation lawsuit with ex-husband Johnny Depp. Judge Azcarate’s decision was made due to finding no grounds to overturn the $10 million verdict in Depp’s favor. The judge wasn’t done and also stated that Heard’s legal team should have raised an objection sooner in the case, while also stating that there is no evidence of fraud, and no evidence that a jury mistake resulted in a biased trial. However, Heard is still moving forward with filing an appeal.
Amber Heard previously asked the court to declare the previous verdict as a mistrial, after allegedly discovering that one of the jurors in the trial did not receive an official jury summons. Judge Azcarate addressed the jury issue, saying “Defendant does not allege Juror Fifteen’s inclusion on the jury prejudiced her in any way. The juror was vetted, sat for the entire jury, deliberated and reached a verdict. The only evidence before this Court is that this juror and all jurors followed their oaths, the Court’s instructions and orders. This court is bound by the competent decision of the jury.”
As we previously reported, following Johnny Depp’s long-fought victory over her in court, Amber Heard quickly posted her feelings to social media.
On Twitter, she partially wrote “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disappropriate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.”
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