Amber Heard to appeal verdict after losing to Johnny Depp

Amber Heard isn’t backing down just yet.

On Friday, the legal teams of Heard and ex-husband Johnny Depp met with Judge Penney Azcarate in a courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia. Rather than finalizing a settlement, Heard officials said the actor will appeal the outcome of the six-week defamation trial.

“As established in yesterday’s congressional hearings, one does not ask for forgiveness when one is innocent. And you don’t refuse to appeal when you know you’re right,” a spokesman for Heard said.

The meeting comes just weeks after the controversial televised trial, which concluded on June 1. The jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages, which was eventually reduced to just over $10 million per Virginia legal limit, and $2 million to Heard.

According to Deadline, Azcarate Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, said the actor must post bail of $8.35 million and 6% annual interest in order for the appeal to formally proceed. Bredehoft previously said Heard was “absolutely unable” to afford the verdict, raising doubts about the affordability of a potential appeal.

Neither Heard nor Depp were present at Friday’s hearing.

Heard continued to plead her case after the June 1 verdict. In her first post-trial interview with NBC’s “Dateline” and Savannah Guthrie, the actress provided additional evidence, including a folder of notes from her therapist, which she believes helped sway the court decision in her favor.

Heard also said she “absolutely” still loves her ex-husband and will continue to stand by her testimony in court until the “day of her death.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-06-24/amber-heard-appeal-court-verdict-after-losing-to-johnny-depp Amber Heard to appeal verdict after losing to Johnny Depp

Sarah Ridley

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