Amber Hard’s lawyers have asked a judge to overturn a verdict in a defamation suit filed by ex-husband Johnny Depp.
They argued that the verdict was not supported by evidence and that one of the judges had not been properly verified by the court.
In a post-trial motion filed Friday, Hard’s attorneys called Depp’s June 1 jury reward for 10 10 million in damages and 5 5 million in punitive damages “excessive” and “unforgivable.”
They ask the judge to overturn the verdict and dismiss Depp’s case or order a new trial.
Immediately after the verdict, the judge reduced the damages under the state cap to 350 350,000.
Depp has filed a defamation suit against Hard in Fairfax County Circuit Court for a December 2018 article he wrote in the Washington Post and described himself as “a public figure representing domestic violence.”
Depp’s lawyers have complained that he was defamed by the article although it never mentioned his name.
The six-week televised trial turned into a vision that gave them a window into a void marriage.
Much of the evidence focuses on Hard’s claim that he was physically and sexually abused by Depp.
Hard describes more than a dozen alleged attacks, including a fight in Australia – where Depp was shooting for the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel.
Depp said he never hit Hard and he was the abuser.
Depp had to prove that he never attacked Hard, his article defamed him and he wrote it with real hatred.
In their post-trial motion, Hard’s legal team argued that in order to find out what Hard’s real hatred was, Depp would have to show that when Hard’s article was published, he did not believe he had been abused.
“Instead, the evidence unequivocally supports Ms. Hard, believing that she was abused at the hands of Mr. Depp,” Hard’s lawyers said in their motion.
Hard’s attorneys asked the judge to investigate “potentially inappropriate jury service,” alleging that a jury selected to serve on the jury was listed as born in 1945 in a document provided by lawyers before the jury selection process, but listed as born in 1970 according to publicly available information.
“This inconsistency raises the question that Jury 15 actually received a summons for jury duty and was properly verified by the court to serve on the jury,” Hard’s lawyers said in their motion.
Depp’s attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The jury also paid Hard দুই 2 million in his counter-claim against Depp, finding that Hard was defamed by Depp’s lawyer, who accused him of fabricating a detailed fraud that included making the couple’s apartment look worse to police.