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Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial aftermath news summary | 8 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 aftermath: live updates


- Amber Heard's legal team has petitioned to have the jury's verdict set aside

- Johnny Depp remains in Europe on tour with the band Beck 

- Depp to play Louis XV in a new film 

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

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Amber Heard's legal team make imposter claim

Amber Heard's legal team claim that an imposter took the place of a jury member and are demanding a retrial. The document, filed by Ms Heard's lawyer Elaine Scott Bredehoft on Friday, requested that the court should "set aside the jury verdict in its entirity, dismiss the complaint, or in the alternative, order a new trial".

Heard's lawyer questioned the validity of Juror 15, whose birthdate was listed as 1945 while claiming that, according to their information, Juror 15 was born in 1970. She explained that two people with the same surname were resident at the home in Virginia where the jury duty summons was sent in April. "It is deeply troubling for an individual not summoned for jury duty nonetheless to appear for jury duty and serve on a jury, especially in a case such as this," Heard's team added.


Where and when is Johnny Depp and his rock band playing in Europe?


Where and when is Johnny Depp and his rock band playing in Europe?

After hooking up on stage with Jeff Beck in several cities across Europe, Johnny Depp will be going on the road with his own band, the Hollywood Vampires, next summer.

AS USA's Andy Hall has the full lowdown

Motion to set aside: verdict "inconsistent" and "unsupported by evidence"

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In the motion to set aside submitted by Amber Heard last Friday, the Aquaman actor's legal team claimed that the verdict in Heard's defamation trial against Johnny Depp was “unsupported by the evidence”.

Her lawyers also said the jury's findings were “inconsistent”: Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10.35m, but was also awarded $2m in damages herself.

The motion additionally alleged that “proper and due process” was not observed in the selection of the 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, Beck in concert in Monaco on Saturday

Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck’s next tour date is on Saturday in Monaco, where the pair will be performing at the Ópera Garnier de Monte-Carlo.

Find out more

Depp and Beck were last in concert in Offenbach, Germany, on Wednesday. Here is some footage of their performance:

What did Heard tell Savannah Guthrie about Depp trial? Summary, highlights of TV interview


What did Heard tell Savannah Guthrie about Depp trial? Summary, highlights of TV interview

NBC on Friday aired the full Dateline interview given by Amber Heard to journalist Savannah Guthrie, portions of which had been released throughout the week. The interview was Heard’s first since losing her defamation suit and counter-suit to ex-husband Johnny Depp earlier this month.

She has been ordered to pay Depp $10.35m in damages after a jury deemed she defamed the 59-year-old in a Washington Post op-ed in which she didn’t mention Depp by name, but described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, has said she intends to appeal.

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Reports show the Depp has donated profits from NFT sale to charity

The new reporting that shows that Depp has made a donation to charity from the selling of NFT. The charity that Depp donated to is associated with Amber Heard. 

Netflix green lights first movie for Depp since the defamation trial

Depp will play King Louis XV in a Netflix funded movie. The movie is still in pre-production and no information on its release or filming schedule has been made publilc. Many see this as the first sign that Depp's acting career will be back in full force after the court's decision in the defamation case against Amber Heard. 

Depp/Heard aftermath: live udpates

It's Friday 8 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.


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