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Amber Heard Speaks Out In New NBC News Exclusive About Her Defamation Trial Against Ex-Husband Johnny Depp

Update As Amber Heard Appeals Defamation Loss Against Johnny Depp

She is determined to make her case heard, no matter what. There are new reports that say  Amber Heard is appealing the jury verdict in the multi-million-dollar defamation case she lost to her former husband, Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp. Here’s what you need to know.

Lawyers for Heard, who starred in the movie Aquaman, filed a notice of appeal on Thursday with the Virginia Court of Appeals. “We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment,” a spokesperson for Heard said in a reference to the constitutional amendment protecting free speech.

Amber Heard Appeals Against Her Johnny Depp Defamation Verdict

“We are therefore appealing the verdict. While we realize today’s filing will ignite the Twitter bonfires, there are steps we need to take to ensure both fairness and justice.”

A Virginia jury in June awarded $10 million in damages to Depp after finding that a 2018 newspaper column penned by Heard was defamatory.

Depp sued Heard for $50 million over the piece, titled: “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.” While the article did not mention the actor by name, his lawyers said it falsely implied he physically and sexually abused Heard while they were together. Heard countersued for $100m over the Daily Mail article.

During the trial, Heard testified about more than a dozen episodes of physical and sexual assault that she said Depp inflicted on her. Depp has denied ever hurting Heard and pointed to several instances of her abusing him.

Depp’s statement after the ruling read: “From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.”

However, Heard condemned the verdict, saying it “sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated.”

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