After Heard, 36, filed a discover of enchantment with the Virginia Court of Appeals on Thursday, 59-year-old Depp filed his personal discover of enchantment Friday in search of to overturn the $2 million verdict in Heard’s countersuit. While the jury discovered the actress defamed Depp in her 2018 op-ed and awarded him over $10 million, they sided with Heard on one among her three counterclaims, discovering that Depp defamed her by way of feedback made by his legal professional Adam Waldman in 2020.
A supply near Depp tells PEOPLE it was an “overwhelmingly positive verdict” for the actor, who “believes that this is a time for both parties to move on with their lives and heal.” The supply provides, “But if Ms. Heard is determined to pursue further litigation by appealing the verdict, Mr. Depp is filing a concurrent appeal to ensure that the full record and all relevant legal issues are considered by the Court of Appeal.”
Reps for Heard didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
Last week, Judge Penney Azcarate denied Heard’s request for a mistrial. In an announcement Thursday about shifting ahead with the enchantment — which would require Heard to put up a bond of the complete damages quantity she owes — a spokesperson for Heard stated they “believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment.”
“We are therefore appealing the verdict,” they added. “While we realize today’s filing will ignite the Twitter bonfires, there are steps we need to take to ensure both fairness and justice.”
Responding to the event, a Depp spokesperson stated in an announcement obtained by Deadline: “The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and came to a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant herself defamed Mr. Depp, in multiple instances,” learn the assertion. “We stay assured in our case and that this verdict will stand.”
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When they spoke out in regards to the final result of their contentious six-week trial on June 1, Depp stated he felt just like the jury “gave me my life back,” whereas Heard stated the decision can be a “setback” for ladies who converse out.
Said Depp on the time, “My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing and the inevitable, worldwide spectacle into my life, was only made after considerable thought. From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.”
“The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun,” he added.
Heard, in the meantime stated, “I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence and sway of my ex-husband.”
“I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the U.K.,” she added. “I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American — to speak freely and openly.”
When she did a subsequent sit-down interview with NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie, Heard stated she holds no ailing will for Depp and admitted she understands how the jury reached its resolution.
“How could they not come to that conclusion?” she stated. “They had sat in those seats and heard over three weeks of nonstop relentless testimony from paid employees and, towards the end of the trial, randos, as I say. … I don’t blame them. I actually understand. He’s a beloved character and people feel they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.”
Separately, Heard is in a authorized battle along with her insurance coverage supplier over who’s chargeable for paying her courtroom charges, and Depp reached a pre-trial settlement with a crew member from one among his motion pictures who accused him of assault, which he denied.