CNN – Amber Heard has taken a first step towards appealing the verdict in the defamation case with her ex-husband Johnny Depp and he has done the same.
Heard’s attorneys filed a notice of appeal in Virginia on Thursday, telling the court they intended to appeal the jury trial verdict and all post-trial motions that were not favorable to their case. client in the civil case with Depp.
The court document does not specify Heard’s appeal argument, but her lawyers had previously indicated that she planned to appeal after a jury in June awarded Depp $15 million in damages and only $2. million dollars to Heard in their respective libel suits.
“We believe the court made errors that precluded a just and fair First Amendment-compliant verdict,” a spokesperson for Heard said Thursday. “We therefore appeal the verdict. While we realize today’s filing will light the bonfires on Twitter, we must take steps to ensure both fairness and justice.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for Depp told CNN he supported the result.
“The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and reached a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant herself repeatedly defamed Mr. Depp. We remain confident in our case. and that this verdict will stand,” the spokesperson said.
Earlier this month, a Virginia judge dismissed seven post-trial motions filed by Heard seeking to challenge the jury’s verdict.
Depp’s team filed a notice of appeal on Friday, citing plans to appeal “all adverse rulings and the final judgment,” according to court records.
“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 source close to Depp told CNN. “But if Ms Heard is determined to pursue litigation by appealing the verdict, Mr Depp is filing a concurrent appeal to ensure that the full case and all relevant legal issues are considered by the Court of Appeal.”
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