Things aren’t going well for Amber Heard as she attempts to get a judge to declare a mistrial.
Although she wants a judge to scrap the jury’s verdict siding with Johnny Depp by claiming there was a fake juror on the bench, a judge decided on Wednesday that it wasn’t enough to declare a mistrial.
Amber Heard Wanted A Mistrial Declared… But A Judge Says The Jury Verdict Siding With Johnny Depp Will Stand
According to legal documents obtained by the Daily Mail, a judge struck down Heard and her legal team attempt’s to get a mistrial declared on the basis that a “fake” juror somehow made it into the courtroom.
Her attempt to get a mistrial was likely due to the fact that she will have to front over $8 million dollars in order to declare an appeal, and even Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, made it clear that the “Aquaman” star does not have the money.
In court records, a juror was identified with the birth year 1945. However, Heard’s legal team said that a different person showed up in their place: a 52-year-old male. Their own investigation found that the two lived at the same address and might have even shared the same last name.
In court documents, Heard’s legal team argued that Juror #15 “was clearly born later than 1945. Publicly available information demonstrates that he appears to have been born in 1970.” They added, “This discrepancy raises the question of whether Juror 15 actually received a summons for jury duty and was properly vetted by the court to serve on the jury.”
On Wednesday, Judge Penny Azcarate shot down Heard’s claims and said that she will not hear any more post-trial motions. She noted that Heard’s team knew about the discrepancy before the verdict was decided and had plenty of time to raise concerns about the age difference before now. As she told Heard’s legal team, if the “Zombieland” actress wants an appeal, she can file for one with the court.
It remains to be seen if this will finally put an end to the court battle between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp. It’s clear that Heard wants to file an appeal, but it’s unclear if she will be able to afford one. On June 1, a jury sided overwhelmingly with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor and awarded him $15 million dollars – $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. That $5 million was later reduced to $350,000 dollars, the maximum allowed under Virginia state law.
However, Heard did not walk away empty-handed either. Although “The Lone Ranger” actor had initially sued for $50 million dollars, Heard turned around and countersued him for $100 million dollars after she found that she was unable to get his lawsuit dismissed. She claimed that one of Depp’s attorneys committed defamation against her when he labeled her abuse claims “a hoax.” A jury sided in Heard’s favor for $2 million dollars.
Juror Claims That Heard ‘Didn’t Seem Natural’ While Testifying
EXCLUSIVE: A juror in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial said what the jury concluded was “they were both abusive to each other” but Heard’s team failed to prove Depp’s abuse was physical. https://t.co/Ax4SMZUq2J pic.twitter.com/EMiMeqh5pn
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 16, 2022
Back in June, one male member of the seven-person jury told Good Morning America that Amber Heard just “didn’t come across as believable.”
The juror said that it “seemed like she was able to flip the switch on her emotions,” claiming that Heard “would answer one question and she would be crying and two seconds later she would turn ice cold.” He concluded that her behavior “didn’t seem natural.”
During the interview, the juror noted that Depp and Heard “had their husband-wife arguments. They were both yelling at each other.”
The juror continued, “I don’t think that makes either of them right or wrong. That’s what you do when you get into an argument, I guess. But to rise to the level of what she was claiming, there wasn’t enough or any evidence that really supported what she was saying.”
The juror also took issue with Bredehoft’s claims that they were swayed by social media, which clearly sided with Johnny Depp as the trial progressed.
“Social media did not impact us. We followed the evidence. We didn’t take into account anything outside [the courtroom],” he said. “We only looked at the evidence… There were very serious accusations and a lot of money involved. So we weren’t taking it lightly.”