Johnny Depp isn’t backing down from Amber Heard after his appeal

After losing a high-profile defamation case against Johnny Depp, Amber Heard officially filed an appeal against the verdict, according to People. The jury made its decision on June 1, awarding Depp over $10 million, but Heard made it clear she would fight to have the verdict overturned as soon as it was announced. Heard formally filed a writ of appeal in the state of Virginia on July 21, according to NBC News.

A representative for Heard told TMZ, “We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair trial consistent with the First Amendment. We are therefore appealing the verdict.” The spokesperson continued, “While we recognize that today’s filing will ignite Twitter bonfires, we must take steps to ensure both fairness and justice.”

Earlier this month, Heard was denied a new trial request by Judge Penney Azcarate, per USA Today. This decision will deprive Heard of the ability to ever repeat the process in the future. Heard’s appeal is a bold move by the actor, who has yet to meet the $8.3 million payout from the June trial by the June deadline. While she’s insisted on reversing the sentence since her June 1 loss, Depp and his legal team don’t seem too concerned about that.

Johnny Depp remains convinced of the verdict

Although the jury overall sided with Johnny Depp during his legal battle with Amber Heard, the drama has not yet stalled. As previously noted, Heard filed an appeal in Fairfax County, Virginia, believing she did not receive a fair trial. In late June, Depp’s legal team met with Heards in hopes of reaching a private settlement to settle the case via OK! Magazine. However, it became clear that the legal teams failed to reach an agreement when Heard filed her appeal.

Although Heard and her legal team are pushing the fight to have the verdict overturned, Depp and his team remain “confident” in the jury’s decision. A spokesman for Depp told Deadline, “The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and reached a clear and unanimous finding that the defendant herself defamed Mr. Depp on multiple counts.” Statement added that they believe “this verdict will stand”.

Heard still has to book the $8.3 million she owes Depp plus 6% interest to successfully continue her appeal, per People. It’s unclear what will happen next, but Heard’s legal team appears serious about filing an appeal.