The two-paragraph notice said “all adverse decisions” would be appealed in a judgment signed last month in Virginia by Fairfax County Chief District Court Judge Penny Azkarate at the end of the stars’ sordid testimony about their deeply disturbing relationship.
Hurd’s lawyers said shortly after the verdict was announced what they planned to appeal the verdict, which also awarded Depp $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages. (It has been reduced to a maximum of $10.3 million to meet the statutory limit.)
Jury sentenced last month after it was revealed that Heard slandered Depp by calling herself a victim of domestic violence in 2018. Washington Post Opinion. Heard, in turn, was awarded $2 million in damages and no punitive damages in a counterclaim against Depp when a jury ruled that one of Depp’s lawyers defamed her by calling her allegations a “hoax.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean star’s appeal notice surprised one of Heard’s lawyers.
“I think [Depp’s team] were so excited by the verdict that they watched [Heard’s verdict] nothing compared to what they got,” said Elaine Bredehoff, lead attorney for the Aquaman actor. Courthouse News. She said she was confident in the strength of their arguments on appeal.
Heard can still appeal the verdict to the Virginia Court of Appeals. Questions submitted to the Court of Appeal may differ from questions rejected by Azcarate.