Amber Heard’s Spokeperson Calls Out ‘Twitter Bonfires’ As The Actress’ Legal Team Files Notice To Appeal Johnny Depp Verdict

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in cars outside the courtroom during Depp v Heard trial
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Almost immediately following the verdict in the dueling defamation lawsuits between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, Heard’s legal team announced plans to appeal the verdict. Now, the notice to appeal has been officially been filed, so everybody is likely preparing for the social media firestorm to begin anew.

Amber Heard was ordered to pay Johnny Depp $15 million in damages due to what a jury found to be defaming statements in a Washington Post editorial she wrote. The damage award was lowered to a little over $10 million in order to comply with Virginia state law, but Heard’s side isn’t ready to pay that. Variety has confirmed the notice to appeal has been filed. In filing the appeal a spokesperson for Amber Heard said the court made errors the first time around, and thus the verdict needed to be appealed, despite the “Twitter bonfires” that will come as a result. The statement reads...

We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment. We are therefore appealing the verdict. While we realize today’s filing will ignite the Twitter bonfires, there are steps we need to take to ensure both fairness and justice.

And there will certainly be "Twitter bonfires" following this appeal. The first trial was a media, and social media, circus, so there's no reason to believe that the appeal will be any different. both sides had their supporters, as well as their own very vocal detractors. 

The social media attacks were even an element of Amber Heard's defamation case, as the Aquaman star believed that Depp had hired an army of bots to defame her on Twitter. A recent report indicated that this wasn't the case, that most of the people attacking Heard were, in fact, human.

Heard's legal team had previously tried to get the verdict set aside entirely, arguing that one of the jurors in the case was improper, and therefore the verdict should be nullified. The judge has ruled on that issue, and no fraud was found, so the request to kill the verdict was denied. Heard's team was likely waiting for a decision on this before moving forward with the appeal. 

Considering how long it took the initial trial to get in front of a jury, it could be some time before this appeal is actually heard. Once that happens, a variety of things could happen. If the appellate court does not find any of the errors that Heard's side claims exist, the verdict will stand. Even if it does find errors, that doesn't mean we'll see another trial. The appeals court could simply modify, or set aside the judgement. meaning Heard could end up having to pay less, or possibly nothing.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.