Close to two months after a Virginia jury handed the ex-Pirates of the Caribbean star a big win in his multimillion-dollar defamation trial against his ex-wife and Rum Diary co-star, Heard on Thursday officially informed the court that she plans to appeal the verdict.
“Please take notice that Defendant and Counterclaim Plaintiff Amber Laura Heard, pursuant to Rule 5:9 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, hereby gives Notice of her Appeal to the Virginia Court of Appeals from this Court’s June 24, 2022 Final Judgment Order, the July 13, 2022 Order on Defendant and Counterclaim Plaintiff Amber Laura Beard’s Post-Trial Motions (“Post-Trial Motions Order”), and from all additional Orders and rulings by the Trial Court prior to the entry of the Final Judgment Order and Post-Trial Motions Order,” said the three-page filing in the Old Dominion (read it here).
At this point, Heard has not paid the $8.3 million bond required under Virginia law for her to conduct an appeal, as Judge Penney Azcarate curtly informed the actress’ legal team on June 24. While that fee will be required down the line, Heard only had to put up only $500 to begin the appeal process today.
Soon after the document from Heard head lawyer Elaine Bredehoft was placed in the court docket today, the Aquaman star’s PR team put out a supplementary statement.
“We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment,” a spokesperson for Heard told Deadline. “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.”
In the rules of the PR game that have been played almost since the moment Depp sued Heard for $50 million in March 2019 over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed the latter penned on domestic abuse, reps for Depp had their own statement at the ready.