In her memorandum, the actress stated that the jury’s verdict should be overturned, arguing that the sentence lacked evidence.
Actress Amber Heard’s legal team has asked to overturn a judgment against her in a defamation lawsuit that won her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s victory.
The actress said in a 43-page memorandum that the jury’s verdict should be rejected, as well as the compensation of more than $10 million in favor of Depp, on the grounds that the punishment lacked evidence, writes The Guardian.
Heard was convicted of defamation in June for writing an opinion piece in which she claimed she was a victim of domestic violence while married to Depp.
According to a motion filed Friday by attorney Elaine Bredehoft, Depp “proceeded only on the theory of implied defamation, denying that Heard’s statements were actually false.”
In the filing, the actress also says that the damages awarded against her are excessive, given that the sentence was imposed after she and Depp had mutually defamed each other.
Heard’s defense even raised doubts about the age of one juror. The person identified in the lawsuit as “Juror 15” would have been born after 1945, contradicting his trial. “Publicly available information indicates that he was apparently born in 1970,” the petition states.
“This discrepancy raises the question of whether Juror 15 actually received a notice of jury service and whether he was properly vetted by the court for jury service.”
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In response, Depp’s lead attorney, Ben Chew, sent an email to Courthouse News calling the motion “something we expected, just bigger, but not more substantial.”