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Six months after a jury ruled that Heard was liable for defamation of her ex-husband, the actress appealed the verdict on Dec. 5.
In documents obtained by E! News, Heard stated that the ruling “will no doubt have a chilling effect on other women who want to speak out about abuse by powerful men.”
Regarding the damages ruling in Depp’s favour, the document noted that “even if this court disagreed with all of the foregoing, the jury’s decision awarded Depp $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages (reduced to $350,000 by law) is clearly excessive given the tight time frame in which Depp could recover.
Heard’s appeal also related to Depp’s 2020 defamation lawsuit against The Sun, which he sued over an article calling him a “woman-beater.” Because a High Court judge ruled against the actor, Heard says her defamation case should never have made it into the courtroom.