This again? Johnny Depp to appeal verdict in favor of Amber Heard

It looks like the legal battle between ex-boyfriends Amber Heard and Johnny Depp has just entered a new chapter.

A day after Heard appealed Thursday, Depp appealed himself. The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor is set to appeal the verdict that netted his ex-wife $2 million at the end of her messy and sensational defamation trial in June. Depp was initially awarded $15 million in damages, but that amount was reduced to approximately $10.4 million per Virginia’s legal limit.

“The verdict speaks for itself, and Mr. Depp believes this is a time for both parties to move on with their lives and heal,” a representative for Depp said in a statement provided to the Times. “But if Ms. Heard is determined to pursue further litigation by appealing the verdict, Mr. Depp is filing a simultaneous appeal to ensure the full record and any legal issues are considered by the Court of Appeal.”

Heard made clear her intention to appeal the verdict more than a month before it was officially filed. Following the Aquaman actor’s official filing this week, Depp’s team said they “remain confident in our case and that the verdict will stand.” Depp had previously not indicated his intention to appeal the verdict before Friday.

Heard officials did not immediately respond to the Times request for comment.

The year-long defamation case stems from a 2018 op-ed Heard wrote for the Washington Post, in which she described herself as “a public figure who portrays domestic violence.” The story didn’t mention Depp by name, but the “Black Mass” actor sued Heard for $50 million. In 2021, Heard sued $100 million over public statements by Adam Waldman, Depp’s former attorney.

On Thursday, Heard’s team said they understood that reviewing the outcome of the trial and challenging Depp again represented a target on the actor’s back, particularly on social media.

“While we recognize that today’s filing will ignite Twitter bonfires, we must take steps to ensure both fairness and justice,” a Heard spokesman said Thursday. This again? Johnny Depp to appeal verdict in favor of Amber Heard

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