Virginia judge has rejected a request for a mistrial by Amber Heard
After her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, won his defamation case against her, Amber Heard asked a Virginia judge for a mistrial, but the judge denied her plea. Amber Heard must make a $10 million damage payment as a result of this verdict. Heard’s side made an attempt to request a mistrial last week after it became known that a juror who had not been called was on the jury. The jury was made up of a 52-year-old man who shared the same last name and home address as the summoned juror. Nevertheless, according to Deadline, Judge Penny Azcarate rejected the request for a mistrial, stating that the juror had been thoroughly screened, had served on the full jury, had deliberated, and had come to a decision. The fact that this juror and all other jurors adhered to their oaths, the court’s instructions, and its orders is the only evidence in front of the court. The jury’s competent decision is binding on this court.
Amber Heard is now owing money to Johnny Depp because of the mistrial rejection
Heard’s request for a mistrial was denied, but she still owes Depp a sizable sum of money, which she and her attorneys maintain she is unable to pay. Heard and her attorneys have frequently declared they would appeal, but they have been forewarned that this will be a pricey choice. Heard was turned down by Judge Azcarate, which is just another sign that she has a hard road ahead of her.
This defamation case was sparked by an opinion piece Heard wrote for The Washington Post in 2018 in which she discussed experiencing domestic violence. Although she did not specifically specify Depp, his identity was strongly hinted at, and as a result, Depp was shunned in society and dropped from prominent roles. Many of Heard’s claims were challenged when Depp filed a defamation lawsuit because of inconsistencies in her testimony and that of other witnesses. Heard has assumed the role of a pariah in the public eye since the unusual trial concluded in Johnny Depp’s favor. In a statement on the subject, actor Mickey Rourke described Heard as a gold-digger.