Johnny Depp, star of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” prevailed in the defamation case he brought against his ex-wife on June 1.
Amber Heard claimed that the wrong juror was seated in the case against her after Johnny Depp was awarded a judgment of $10.35 million against her. On Wednesday, a court in Virginia refused her request for a new trial based on the allegations that the wrong juror was seated.
The extraordinary six-week trial that took place in the Fairfax County Circuit Court was presided over by Judge Penney Azcarate, who noted in her decision that “there is no proof of fraud or malfeasance.”
In a request that was submitted on Friday, Heard’s legal team contended that a summons had been delivered to a man who was 77 years old, but that his son, who is 52 years old and shares the same name and address, had responded to the summons instead. The son served as Juror No. 15 and was positioned on the panel.
Elaine Bredehoft, the attorney for the “Aquaman” actress, stated that it was the obligation of the court to verify the authenticity of the material provided by the jurors.
However, in a brief order, Azcarate stated that it is the obligation of the parties involved in the case because the law makes it very plain that this is the situation.
According to what Azcarate wrote, the summons that was given to Juror No. 15 listed his legal name and address, but there was no indication of his birthdate.
She included the completed jury questionnaire for Juror No. 15 with the order.
She noted that “Juror Fifteen completed the Jury Questionnaire as himself filling in his proper birth date.” “Juror Fifteen completed the Jury Questionnaire as himself.” “The information that Juror Fifteen supplied to the Court is consistent with the information that was presented on the Jury Questionnaire.”
The court also mentioned that both sides questioned the jury panel for a whole day and agreed or disagreed with each member of the jury panel. They were provided with a jury list five days before the beginning of the trial, but they did not bring up this concern.
According to what Azcarate has written, “a party cannot wait until getting an adverse result to object, for the first time, on an issue that has been known since the beginning of the trial.”
Amber Heard has asked the court to overturn the $10 million defamation verdict against Johnny Depp.
The judge further noted that the defendant did not present any evidence to support her claim that she had been harmed as a result of the purported mistake.
Additionally, Azcarate refuted six of Heard’s other arguments that she made in her application to overturn the conviction.
Ben Chew, an attorney for Depp, has filed a motion in which he refers to numerous of Heard’s grounds for a mistrial as being groundless.
According to Chew stated, “While Ms. Heard throws a significant quantity of mud at the wall in the hope that something would stick, the jury’s decision on damages was fully fair and supported by the evidence and testimony in the case.”
In a unanimous decision, a jury panel of seven people found in Depp’s favor on all of his allegations and gave him a total of $15 million in damages: $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
Later on, Azcarate lowered the amount of the punishment to the utmost that was permitted under Virginia law, which was $350,000.
One of Heard’s claims in her countersuit was heard by the jury, and they decided that Depp’s attorney had defamed her by making a statement to the press in which he called her allegations a “hoax.” This claim was heard and decided in favor of Heard. She was given a judgment for damages of $2 million.
Earlier, Bredehoft stated that the actress from “London Fields” intends to file an appeal.