KEY POINTS

  • Amber Heard's lawyers are seeking to throw out the verdict in the defamation trial between the actress and Johnny Depp
  • Her team claimed that the judgment was not supported by sufficient evidence
  • The move received mixed reactions on social media, with some expressing support for Heard and others asking her to move on

Amber Heard wants a Virginia judge to toss her losing verdict in the defamation lawsuit filed by ex-husband Johnny Depp, and Twitter users have mixed opinions about it.

Lawyers for the 36-year-old actress, who was found liable last month on three defamation claims filed by Depp, claimed in a filing sent to a Virginia court Friday that the verdict was not supported by sufficient evidence, People reported.

Heard's filing received mixed reactions on social media, with some expressing support for the "Aquaman" star's move and others saying she should move on.

"Yes! The court needs to set aside that BOGUS verdict!" one person tweeted.

"Lots of people are really against Amber filing an appeal, huh. Probably because they know the jury was clueless, the judge was out of her element, and Amber [will] win her appeal," another Twitter user commented.

"I'm hoping for the best for Amber Heard. She deserves a fair trial and honest and fair verdict from a non-biased jury," another tweeted.

"Most people did not believe Amber when she spoke out in 2016. Instead, they believed Depp's hoax story from the very start," a fourth user claimed. "It is a blatant lie that women are often believed when they come out."

But others criticized Heard, with one Twitter user claiming the actress was "like a dog with a bone."

Another user had some advice for Heard, tweeting: "You can try to get the verdict thrown out, but it's not going to change what the world already heard and saw and what they already know about you - you're an abusive twat."

"Amber Heard can't accept the verdict despite having heavy evidence proving she is the abuser and jurors finding her accountable for defamation. The jurors have spoken, the public eye saw her lies unfold for weeks, and despite all that, this liar can't move on," another claimed.

"Is she ever going to accept she lost, gather any tiny bit of dignity she has left and get on with her life? I mean, I'm thinking no, but it would be nice to be wrong on that one," a fourth person wrote.

In one claim in her latest filing, Heard's lawyers argued that it was incorrect for Depp to claim that he lost his "Pirates of the Caribbean" role because of a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, in which Heard wrote that she was a victim of domestic abuse but did not name the abuser.

According to the actress' team, Depp "proceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard's statements were actually false."

Her attorneys also claimed that one of the jurors who served during the trial was not properly vetted. The person summoned to court had a birth date of 1945, but Heard's team claimed that the person who actually served was much younger.

Heard's legal team also argued that the jurors' $10.35 million award against the actress is "inconsistent and irreconcilable" with the jury's conclusion that both her and Depp had defamed one another.

In addition to Depp's $10 million in compensatory damages, plus $350,000 in punitive damages, the jury also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages for her counterclaim.

In a statement to Courthouse News, Depp's lead attorney, Ben Chew, commented on the motion to toss the verdict, dismissing it as "what we expected, just longer, no more substantive."

Jurors ordered Amber Heard to pay Johnny Depp $10.35 million for defaming him
Jurors ordered Amber Heard to pay Johnny Depp $10.35 million for defaming him POOL via AFP / EVELYN HOCKSTEIN
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