The trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has ended . The Fairfax, Virginia jury found the Aquaman actress guilty and sentenced her to pay $ 15 million to her former partner. Although the judge in the case later capped Depp’s punitive damages at $350,000 in accordance with Virginia law, while the jury awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages and nothing in punitive damages.
However, the legal soap opera may not be over. The actress’s legal team has decided to appeal the verdict, and even her lawyer Elaine Bredehoft said that the Jury’s verdict was influenced by ‘social media chatter and posts about the Johnny Depp defamation trial and turned the courtroom into a “zoo.”
In her own words:
“How can you not? They went home every night. They have families. The families are on social media. We had a 10-day break in the middle because of the judicial conference. There’s no way they couldn’t have been influenced by it,”
When asked will Amber appeal the stunning loss announced on Wednesday, to which Elaine replied, “Oh, absolutely,” Bredehoft said. “And she has some excellent grounds for it.”
She also said that Bredehoft won’t be able the $10 Million, “Absolutely not,” she said. Heard testified that she’s been so far unable to afford to make good on a multimillion dollar pledge to the ACLU, a discrepancy of more than $7 million. “
Bredehoft said that the verdict sends “a horrible message. “Unless you pull out your phone and you video your spouse or your significant other beating you, effectively you won’t be believed,” she added.