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Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial aftermath news summary | 7 July 2022

The latest news today on the fallout from the Depp v Heard defamation trial, after Amber Heard’s lawyers last week filed a motion to set aside the verdict.

Depp v Heard trial fallout: live updates

Depp v Heard aftermath: headlines 

- Amber Heard lawyers seek to dismiss verdict in defamation trial

- Aquaman star's attorneys submit 44-page motion to set verdict aside

- Virginia jury's verdict "unsupported by evidence", motion claims

- Johnny Depp on tour with musician Jeff Beck - pair to play next in Monaco

- Depp supergroup the Hollywood Vampires to tour Germany, Austria and Luxembourg next summer

Take a look at some of our news articles on Depp v Heard:

WATCH: Recap of the Depp v Heard trial

It was the trial that gripped a nation for seven weeks earlier this year, with astonishing testimonies and A-list witnesses for the court case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. The former won out in Fairfax, resulting in a court order for his ex-wife to pay him more than $10 million in compensation, although that is likely to be the subject of an appeal. 

It seems like a long time since jurors first set to hear testimony from both sides, so many will have forgotten how the whole thing played out. Luckily, the Law and Crime Network is streaming a full recap of the very public trial. 

ICYMI: Hollywood Vampires add Austria date to tour

In case you missed it, Johnny Depp's Hollywood Vampires - the supergroup he formed with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry in 2015 - has added an extra date to its European tour in summer 2023.

The band will now also be playing in Sperken, Austria. Tickets for that concert go on sale on Friday.

Find out more

Depp and Beck concert in Offenbach: more images

Here are some more images of Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck's latest tour concert, which took place in Offenbach, Germany:

Don Jr's Heard obsession

In the Independent, Kathleen N Walsh has given her take on Donald Trump Jr's repeated negative references to Amber Heard. Since the verdict in the defamation trial, Walsh notes, Trump Jr has used Heard as an "all purpose political metaphor for anything he doesn't like". This includes posting the message "I hope interest rates don't go crazy" over a picture of Heard in tears in court.

"Long before Amber Heard became a lightning rod for unspoken sexist fury, Don Jr. made his Instagram and Twitter accounts safe spaces to vent one’s misogyny," Walsh writes. "Sexist jokes and a creepy fixation on trans people are hallmarks of his social media presence. After all, he’s only parroting back what his, and his father’s, base wants to hear. 

Read Kathleen N Walsh's article in full

Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial: Craziest moments and weirdest courtroom appearances


Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial: Craziest moments and weirdest courtroom appearances

You may also be interested in this piece by AS USA's Will Gittins, who has looked over some of the more unusual moments witnessed in the trial.

Key moments from the Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp trial

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Key moments from the Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp trial

Courtesy of my AS USA colleague Jennifer Bubel, here is a video looking back over the pivotal moments in the six-week Depp v Heard trial in Virginia.

Depp and Beck perform in Offenbach

As part of their ongoing tour, Johnny Depp and musician Jeff Beck were on stage at the Stadthalle in Offenbach, Germany, on Wednesday.

The pair's next concert is in Monaco on Friday.

Check out the full tour schedule

Trial verdict "inconsistent", "unsupported by evidence" - Heard lawyers

In the motion to set aside filed by Amber Heard's legal team on Friday, it was alleged that the verdict in the defamation case in Fairfax, Virginia, was “unsupported by the evidence”. Heard's lawyers also said that the jury's findings - together with the $10.35m in damages awarded to Johnny Depp, Heard was also given $2m - as “inconsistent”. 

The motion also claimed that “proper and due process” was not observed in the selection of a member of the seven-person jury. “On the juror panel list sent to counsel before voir dire, the Court noted that the individual who would later be designated Juror 15 had a birth year of 1945," Heard's attorneys said. "Juror 15, however, was clearly born later than 1945. Publicly available information demonstrates that he appears to have been born in 1970.”

Depp v Heard trial aftermath, live updates: welcome

Good morning! It's Thursday 7 July 2022 and welcome to our daily live blog on the aftermath of the Depp v Heard trial, which concluded early last month. 

Last week, Amber Heard's legal team submitted a motion to set aside the verdict reached by the seven-person jury, which awarded just over $10m to Johnny Depp after finding that Heard defamed her former husband in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed.