After Amber Heard filed a motion to appeal the Johnny Depp decision, she revealed her new legal team.
She has a new attorney for her latest court fight.
After filing a motion to appeal the decision in Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against her, the actress has hired Ballard Spahr as her legal representative.
Heard’s legal team members will be David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown, who defended the New York Times against a defamation lawsuit by Sarah Palin.
“We welcome the opportunity to represent Ms. Heard in this appeal as it is a case with important First Amendment implications for every American,” stated the legal team. “We’re confident the appellate court will apply the law properly without deference to popularity, reverse the judgment against Ms. Heard, and reaffirm the fundamental principles of Freedom of Speech.”
After her summer defamation trial, Rottenborn will remain Heard’s co-counsel. However, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft resigned from the case.
“This is the perfect time to pass the baton,” the lady announced by her. “I have pledged to Amber and her appellate team my complete cooperation and assistance as they move forward on a path towards success.”
Heard has hired additional attorneys for her appeal, her spokesperson explained.
“When it comes to protecting the fundamental right of Freedom of Speech, we look at the jury’s decision—to paraphrase a famous quote—not ‘as the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning,'” a spokesperson for Heard said in a statement. “A different court warrants different representation, particularly as so much new evidence is now coming to light.”
Some of the rumors have reached out to Depp’s team for comment.
A Virginia jury ruled in Depp and Heard’s defamation trial on July 1. Six weeks of testimony later, the jury found Heard guilty of defaming Depp and awarded $10 million to the actor in exemplary damages and $5 million in compensatory damages.
Penney Azcarate of the Fairfax County Circuit Court later reduced the punitive damages to $350,000, the state’s legal limit, making his total damages less than $10.4 million.
As for the countersuit Heard filed, the jury awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages.
Depp filed an appeal on July 22, appealing Heard’s $2 million verdict in the couple’s defamation suit.
“This was an overwhelmingly positive verdict for Mr. Depp,” said Depp’s representatives. “The verdict speaks for itself, and Mr. Depp believes that this is a time for both parties to move on with their lives and heal. But if Ms. Heard is determined to pursue further litigation by appealing the verdict, Mr. Depp is filing a contemporary appeal to ensure that the full record and all relevant legal issues are considered by the Court of Appeal.”
Heard plans to appeal after Judge Azcarate rejected her claim that she failed to receive a fair trial since one juror was allegedly summoned without being summoned, stating “no evidence of fraud or wrongdoing” that warrants a mistrial.