Johnny Depp files an appeal against Amber Heard’s $2 million defamation trial payout, claiming that a few court rulings were ‘erroneous.’

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Amber Heard’s claim that Johnny Depp was “vicariously liable” for comments made by his attorney to a tabloid in 2020 was accepted by the Virginia jury. As a result, she was awarded the $2 million countersuit claim.

Months after winning the defamation trial, actor Johnny Depp has filed paperwork to appeal a Virginia court’s decision that one of his lawyers defamed his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Johnny was awarded $10.35 million in damages against Amber Heard in the defamation case. During the same trial, a Virginia jury awarded her $2 million in a countersuit claim.The US lawsuit took place in a Virginia courtroom in April and May of this year. It was based on the claim that Amber defamed Johnny in a 2018 op-ed for the Washington Post by referring to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” 

Despite the fact that the op-ed did not specifically mention Johnny, he claimed it harmed his reputation and destroyed his career.

According to Fox News, the court “should reverse the judgment on Ms Heard’s counterclaim,” after reviewing Johnny’s documents. He went on to say that, aside from that, he agreed with the jury’s decision. “Mr. Depp was fully vindicated and his reputation was restored by the jury’s unanimous favourable verdict on all three defamatory statements alleged in his complaint. However, the trial court was confronted with a number of novel and complex legal and factual issues, and while the trial court resolved the vast majority of those issues correctly and sensibly, a few rulings were incorrect “It said.

The jury agreed with Amber that Johnny was “vicariously liable” for comments made to a tabloid by his attorney in 2020. In his appeal, Johnny’s lawyers argued that because Adam Waldman was hired as an independent contractor, Johnny was not liable for his remarks. 

“No evidence of Mr Waldman’s actual malice was presented at trial, so the judgement against Mr Depp cannot be sustained,” according to the most recent document. According to the report, Johnny’s team also claimed Adam’s words were a “non-actionable statement of opinion insufficient to support a defamation claim.”

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After two years of marriage, Johnny and Amber divorced a year before the op-ed was published. During their relationship, she claimed Johnny abused her emotionally, physically, and sexually.

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