Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Heard’s lawyer says she will appeal

Both Heard and Depp were found liable for defamation Wednesday in duel lawsuits against each other. However, the jury awarded much more compensation to Depp.

appear on “Today”, Heard’s attorney, Elaine Charlesson Bredehoft, said a “huge amount of evidence” that would have aided Heard’s case was withheld during the trial.

“That’s because she’s been demonized here,” Breidhoft said of the verdict. “A number of things that should not have been permitted in this court were permitted, and they confounded the jury.”

In a subsequent interview with CNN’s Kate Boldan, Pridehoft said the jury ruled in Depp’s favor in each of his claims, in part, because he had the advantages of “wealth, power, and fame.”

“I think that made a huge difference in this case,” she said. “But he also said we wouldn’t believe women even when they had pictures.” “Essentially, unless she pulled out her phone and her iPhone and videotaped it hitting her, she wouldn’t be believed, and it didn’t.”

Depp sued Heard for $50 million because he allegedly defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she wrote about her experience with domestic violence.

Depp was not mentioned by name in Heard’s article, but he argued that it cost him the business.

She opposed him for $100 million over statements made by Depp’s lawyer calling the abuse a “hoax.”

The jury found that Heard had defamed Depp in three separate statements in an editorial, and that Depp had defamed Heard with one statement to his attorney.

The jury awarded Depp $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages, which was set at $350,000 in Virginia. The jury awarded Heard $2 million in damages and no money in punitive damages.

CNN also asked to meet with Depp’s lawyer, but they refused.

Plans to appeal

Deep said in a statement Soon after the verdict the jury gave him his life.

“From the beginning, the aim of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something I owed to my children and to all those who remained steadfast in their support of me,” the statement read. “I feel so at peace knowing that I finally got it done.”

Bridehoft told CNN that she felt the mix of cameras and the number of Depp’s fans who came into the courtroom for the ex-couple’s defamation trial turned the courtroom into something that “was like the Colosseum.”

Johnny Depp, leaving court on May 26.

“I think some of that has to do with the amount of social media that was involved, the cameras in the courtroom,” Bredehoft said. “The fact that they have 100 of Depp’s fans there every day, it was like an amphitheater and not a decent courtroom. I think all of those things had a negative impact here which made this more difficult and more difficult.”

Breedhoft also said that while she did not suspect that the jurors at the trial tried to follow the judge’s instructions not to read any news about the trial, she felt it was difficult to obscure all the places where discussions revolved around the six-week long trial that was underway.

“But the reality is that social media is ubiquitous, radios and internet are ubiquitous all over the televisions. It was really hard to block that. And because he was so pungent for Amber, I think he made it even more difficult,” Bredehoft said. .

Amber Heard is leaving court on June 1.

Bredehoft said Heard’s appeal will focus in part on highlighting information that Heard was not allowed to testify during the trial that Depp’s team contested as hearsay.

“I do not question the justice of the judge. I think she is a very good judge, I have known her for a long time. This does not mean that I do not question the judgments and doubt the judgments in this case,” said Bredehoft.

Sonia Moggi contributed to this story.

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