Johnny Depp piles on Amber Heard’s legal troubles after mistrial rejection

Although the defamation trial against Amber Heard and Johnny Depp ended in June, the case is far from over. Heard filed for a trial in early July, claiming that one of the jurors at the trial “was not the person who was summoned to jury duty on April 11, 2022,” according to court documents obtained by NBC News. Judge Penney Azcarate, however, denied her request in a July 13 ruling, saying there was no jury fraud, according to Variety. “The jury reviewed, sat for the full jury, deliberated and reached a verdict,” Azcarate said in her written order.

Heard didn’t walk away quietly. On July 21, the actress officially appealed the verdict she found guilty of defaming Depp in a 2018 comment, per People. In a press statement supporting the appeal, a spokesman for Heard cited “mistakes” by the court “that prevented a just and fair trial consistent with the First Amendment.”

Though Depp appeared to move on with life after the trial, a rep for the “Crybaby” actor issued a statement regarding Heard’s appeal via Deadline. “The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and came to a clear and unanimous verdict… We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand,” the spokesman said. Now, Depp just followed suit and threw another wrench at the ever-lengthening libel case.

Johnny Depp is following in Amber Heard’s footsteps

A day after Amber Heard appealed her guilty verdict in her defamation trial, Johnny Depp is also appealing part of her verdict. Though the jury found Heard guilty of multiple counts of defamation (and thus awarding him millions) in their 2018 comment, they also upheld one of Heard’s three counterclaims that Depp’s ex-attorney Adam Waldman put her in a statement in 2020. per person.

A source told People that while Depp viewed the outcome of the trial as an “overwhelmingly positive verdict” and believed “this is a time for both parties to move forward,” Heard’s team would not let Heard’s team fully control the narrative of the case. “If Ms. Heard is determined to pursue further litigation by appealing the verdict, Mr. Depp is filing a simultaneous appeal to ensure the full records and all relevant legal issues are considered by the Court of Appeals,” the source added.

Heard faces a much more difficult legal battle. Her problems outside of this case have only multiplied since the trial ended. The “Aquaman” star is being sued by her insurer, New York Marine and General Insurance Co., which is no longer paying her multimillion-dollar damages from the lawsuit due to “willful” conduct, according to ABC7. Additionally, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment is still investigating Heard for allegedly lying under oath about illegally importing her dogs into the country in 2015, Newsweek reported.