Court rejects Amber Heard’s request for new Johnny Depp trial

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A Virginia judge on Wednesday rejected actress Amber Heard’s request for a new trial in the defamation case she lost to her former husband Johnny Depp.

Heard’s lawyers had asked Judge Penney Azcarate to set aside the verdict awarding $10 million to Depp and declare a mistrial, but the judge denied the request.

Heard had asked for a new trial because one of the seven jurors was not the man summoned for jury service but his son in a case of mistaken identity.

“There is no evidence of fraud or wrongdoing,” Azcarate said, and the juror “met the statutory requirements for service.”

The jury in June found Depp and Heard liable for defamation — but sided more strongly with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star following an intense six-week trial riding on bitterly contested allegations of domestic abuse.

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A seven-member jury has awarded damages to Depp after finding that a 2018 newspaper article penned by Heard on her experience of “sexual violence” was defamatory.

“The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun,” Depp had said, ending with the Latin phrase “Veritas numquam perit. Truth never perishes”, after the verdict had been announced majorly in his favour.

Amber Heard to sell pricey gift from Elon Musk to pay Johnny Depp

Amber Heard will have to sell an expensive gift she once received from her friend Elon Musk in order to pay Johnny Depp, according to media reports.

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Heard used to be in a relationship with the founder of Tesla and Space X and that meant that she has been on the receiving end of many gifts from the South African billionaire.

One of these gifts was a Tesla Model X car. The electric vehicle can go 628km on a single charge and it boasts 1,200 horsepower. Despite being quite a big car, it can do 0 to 100km/h in 2.1 seconds and has a top speed of 250km/h.