Johnny Depp’s lawyers slam Amber Heard’s request for retrial due to juror mix-up: ‘Desperate’

Actor Johnny Depp has responded to his former wife Amber Heard’s request to have their recent defamation law trial rerun.

Legal representatives for Heard have cited mistrial, claiming that one of the jurors that participated in the case was not who should have been there. They claim a 77-year-old had been supposed to take part in the jury but instead a 52-year-old, who lived at the same address, showed up instead.

On this basis, Heard’s team say the original verdict – which ordered the actress to pay damages to Depp worth about $10 million, and he to pay her $2 million – is invalid and there should now be a retrial.

The original trial gripped the world earlier this year as the two actors played out a very public drama, which centred on an article Heard wrote for the Washington Post about domestic abuse. While he wasn’t named in that piece, Depp said it was defamatory as it implied he abused her during their short-lived marriage.

Johnny Depp testifying in court in Fairfax, Va., on April 21, 2022, and Amber Heard testifying in the same courtroom on May 26, 2022, during their six-week defamation trial.

Depp’s legal team have responded to the request, saying the motion should be struck down. They say Heard’s legal team have had ‘more than enough time’ to find out things about those who served on the jury, according to E! News. They add that the person in question on the jury was still qualified to serve as such.

Johnny Depp’s attorney Benjamin Chew gives closing arguments in the Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 27, 2022.

Thirdly, the request was put in on July 8, which was a week after the deadline the count imposed to make any disputes about the verdict, Depp’s team said.

Heard’s team has already disputed one part of the verdict, claiming one of the three statements found be defamatory – the headline of the piece – was not written by her, and therefore should not count against her. Depp’s lawyers responded saying that as Heard retweeted the piece, it counts as ‘actionable republication.’

Amber Heard with her attorney Elaine Bredehoft before closing arguments in the Depp v. Heard trial at the in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 27, 2022.