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Amber Heard Hires New Lawyers For Johnny Depp Trial Verdict Appeal; Philly Firm Bested Sarah Palin In Recent NYT Libel Battle



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Amber Heard is replacing most of her legal team and leaning into the Constitution as she prepares to appeal a multi-million defamation verdict awarded to Johnny Depp.

Not entirely unexpected, the move by the Aquaman actress to cut loose her main attorney Elaine Bredehoft follows weeks of judicial jockeying by both of the Rum Diary co-stars to have another kick at the courtroom can with notices of intended appeals. Having seen ex-husband Depp awarded $10.4 million by a Virginia jury on June 1 after an often acerbic and explicit six-week trial, Heard has now hired David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown to represent her attempt to rescind the judgment. Ben Rottenborn of Virginia-based Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black will remain as a co-counsel.

The burly decision to bring on board the Ballard Spahr lawyers Axelrod and Brown was made public today in a court filing in the Old Dominion. The make-up of the new Philadelphia originating defense team makes it apparent that Heard’s appeal will focus on the First Amendment aspect of her legal fracas with Depp.

“We welcome the opportunity to represent Ms. Heard in this appeal as it is a case with important First Amendment implications for every American,” said Heard’s newly minted attorneys in a statement this morning. “We’re confident the appellate court will apply the law properly without deference to popularity, reverse the judgment against Ms. Heard, and reaffirm the fundamental principles of Freedom of Speech,” Axelrod and Brown added.

Specializing in the freedom of speech clause in America’s founding document, Axelrod and Brown served as counsel to the New York Times‘ successful battle against Sarah Palin’s libel suit over a sloppy June 14, 2017 editorial in the paper. In the quickly corrected article, the NYT initially drew a link between the ex-GOP VP candidate’s political action committee and a 2011 mass shooting that tragically saw six people killed and then Rep. Gabby Giffords severely wounded. Likely to be appealed, Masked Singer contestant Palin’s legal action was unanimously rejected by an Empire State jury and the judge overseeing the matter on February 15.

Former Pirates of the Caribbean star sued his ex-wife in March 2019 for $50 million over a late 2018 Washington Post op-ed under Heard’s byline. In the article, the American Civil Liberties Union ambassador spoke about becoming a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” While Heard never mentioned Depp by name in the piece in the Jeff Bezos-owned broadsheet, the litigious past Oscar nominee insisted the op-ed “devastated” his already tainted career. Though Depp said nothing during he and Heard’s restraining order loaded 2016 divorce, in his filings,  Depp declared he was in fact the one who was abused in the couple’s relationship. The actor repeated that assertion on the stand during the Virginia trial.

Failing to get the matter tossed out or moved to another jurisdiction, Heard countersued Depp for $100 million in the summer of 2020. That countersuit came months before Depp’s UK libel case against the Rupert Murdoch-owned The Suntabloid for calling him a “wife beater” proved a dramatic failure in November 2020. Bizarrely, the seven-person Virginia jury also handed Heard a $2 million award in compensatory damages on June 1 on one of her counterclaims in a seeming contradiction of the $15 million they first handed Depp.

With the exception of Rottenborn’s May 27 closing argument, the palpable First Amendment grounds was peculiarly almost ignored in the trial. Instead, even with Heard on the stand a number of times, Bredehoft allowed the defense to get snared in a He Said, She Said with Depp’s wily Brown Rudnick lawyers. Faced with an onslaught of social media derision, it was clearly a losing proposition for Heard, who said she was “heartbroken” when the verdict came down.

Preparing to go to appeal mere hours after the verdict was announced earlier this summer, Heard officially gave notice to the court on July 21. As was the case during the media saturated trial, Travelers Commercial Insurance are footing the bill for Heard’s legal team via the actress’ homeowners insurance policy. In this game of legal chess, Depp filed his own appeal notice on July 22. Still expected to put up the $8.3 million bond required under Virginia law for her to conduct a challenge to the verdict, Heard’s lawyers have a September 4 deadline to file their appeal.

Which means this case could be back in front of judges and a new jury when Warner Bros’ sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, featuring Heard, dives into theaters on March 17, 2023. Still, whether or not, Sarah Palin actually appeals her libel loss against the Times, we will at least know tomorrow if the former Alaska Governor has won the special election in the Last Frontier state to fill the last few months of a vacated Congressional seat. At the same time, Palin is also on the ballot in her home state for a full two-year House term starting next January.



Johnny Depp Wished to Write ‘Pirates 6’ With Disney to Give Jack Sparrow a Correct Goodbye




Jack Sparrow is one of the most beloved characters, and many think that Pirates of the Caribbean 6 won’t be the same without Depp.

Johnny Depp reveals that he wanted to help write Pirates of the Caribbean 6 to give Jack Sparrow a proper ending before Disney fired the actor over the domestic abuse allegations.

Depp during the  defamation trial against Amber Heard  was asked if would return to the Pirates franchise after being hacked.

To this, the Fantastic Beasts actor replied that he won’t, even if he is offered $300 million. It was reported that the actor has earned that much by playing the role of the pirate in the first five films. His firing was criticised by fans and even more so now, as fans believe he is innocent.

I didn’t quite understand how after that long relationship and quite a successful relationship, certainly for Disney, that suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent…” Johnny Depp said. “I, in fact, had been approached to take part in writing Pirates 6…” he revealed. “My feeling was that these characters should be able to have their proper goodbye, as it were,” Depp added.

“A franchise can only last for so long, and there’s a way to end a franchise like that. And I thought that the characters deserved… to end their franchise on a very good note. I planned on continuing until it was time to stop,” he continued.

Not just Pirates of the Caribbean 6, Johnny Depp‘s role as Geralt Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise was also sacked and went to Mads Mikkelsen. His general career in Hollywood also took a dip, especially after 2018 op-ed written by Amber Heard.

Now, as per the insider, Disney wants Johnny Depp to return as Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 6’.

Disney is reportedly in talks with Johnny Depp to return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as Captain Jack Sparrow.

The entertainment media giant has even offered $300 million to the Edward Scissorhands star as they are looking forward to the actor’s forgiveness, claimed insider.

Jack Sparrow is one of the most beloved characters, and many think that Pirates of the Caribbean 6 won’t be the same without him.

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Johnny Depp Once Did a Movie He Felt Wouldn’t Be Successful Just to Work With Christopher Walken




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Nick of Time was a 1995 characteristic starring Johnny Depp as an unwitting pawn in a plan to assassinate a distinguished political determine. His Nick of Time function was a little unconventional for Depp given the films he often picked on the time. Depp was principally recognized for taking part in characters that stood out from most individuals in society ultimately. However Nick of Time had Depp taking part in the straight man.

In a 1995 interview with The Washington Submit, Depp asserted that he took the function with this status in thoughts.

“I favored the script,” Depp mentioned. “I believed it was a good time to make a change. I figured I’d do one thing else after being accused by everyone of taking part in weirdos. It was a possibility to play the straight man. It’s actually a problem to do this — you’ve acquired to hold the man attention-grabbing. It’s harder.”

Johnny Depp as soon as shared he solely did ‘Nick of Time’ so he’d get to work with Christopher Walken

Years later, Depp elaborated a bit additional about why he determined to tackle the function. Regardless of his status for taking part in bizarre characters, the actor didn’t need to add films to his prolific filmography the place he felt like he’d bought out. Which was why he was hesitant on taking extra commercially interesting tasks. Nick of Time was the exception.

“I’ve tried issues up to now the place folks thought I attempted to promote out. For instance I did this movie Nick of Time with [director]John Badham. I don’t know if the movie was notably good,” he as soon as mentioned in an interview with Gainesville.

However Depp was keen to brush apart his reservations for the movie if it meant performing alongside one in every of Hollywood’s biggest actors.

“I did that movie not for cash, or not to promote out. I didn’t suppose it was going to achieve success in any respect. I didn’t care. I did it as a result of I needed to work with Christopher Walken and I needed to work with John Badham. The script was very very like an old style Hitchcock movie. All of these parts had been intriguing to me so I took it,” Depp mentioned.

How Johnny Depp responded to followers accusing him of promoting out with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

Within the early 2000s, Depp hooked up himself to the Pirates of the Caribbeanfranchise. He would quickly lead the Disney journey movie into changing into a multi-billion greenback collection. However equally to Nick of Time, some Depp followers would additionally accuse Depp of promoting out due to its huge success. It was an accusation that Depp didn’t respect.

“I wouldn’t change something, no. As a result of I feel I went into it innocently, and it grew to become what it grew to become,” Depp as soon as instructed The Guardian of his determination to do Pirates. “And now they need to tear me down. Immediately, as quickly as I did Pirates II, they are saying: ‘Oh, he’s promoting out.’ What the f*** does that imply, promoting out? What if I did Ed Wooden II, is that promoting out? I imply, it’s not like I used to be ever wanting to develop into franchise boy, I used to be by no means wanting to develop into something like that. I simply latched on to a character I cherished.”

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Johnny Depp Increases Trouble For Amber Heard As He Now Aims At Turning Around The $2 Million Damages Ordered Against Him?




Johnny Depp and his lawyers fire back at Amber Heard’s latest appeal at the court against the verdict in Virginia court. Read the details now!

Johnny Depp has been embroiled in a legal battle ever since ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of domestic violence. While there remain numerous pieces of evidence that may prove his abuse, many of them have been questioned and even termed fabricated. During the latest trial, he was ordered to pay $2 million in damages after his attorney called the allegations a ‘hoax.’ Scroll below for the latest update on the matter.

As most know, Amber lost the Virginia trial and was ordered to pay damages worth $10.35 million to her ex-husband. She has since then sold her California property and is currently living peacefully in Spain with her baby and girlfriend Bianca Butti. It is said that she doesn’t have that kind of money and may go bankrupt!

Amber Heard has appealed the verdict of the Virginia trial saying the trial shouldn’t have taken place in the first place as the Aquaman actress’ opinions in The Washington Post op-ed were subjective. Her attorneys also claimed that the trial taking place at Fairfax County was unfair to her as it limited her ability to get witnesses to testify for her.

Now, the attorneys of Johnny Depp are firing back at the appeal made by Amber Heard. They claimed that the one account on which the actress was declared victorious was not really related to Depp. It was his attorney who made the remark against the actress and the superstar should be held liable for it.

A report by The Hollywood Reporter claims that the documents stated, “If clients cannot control the details of their attorneys’ work, it makes little sense that clients should nonetheless be held accountable for their attorneys’ tortious actions.”

With Johnny Depp and his lawyer claiming that the superstar should not be at fault, it is now to be seen if the verdict will see a turnover and create further issues forAmber Heard.

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