June 26, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • A petition to permit Johnny Depp to re-appeal his U.Okay. libel case towards The Solar was launched
  • Depp misplaced his lawsuit towards the British tabloid for calling him a “wife-beater”
  • The petition comes after a Virginia jury discovered that Amber Heard defamed Depp in her op-ed about surviving home abuse

A petition to permit Johnny Depp to re-appeal his U.Okay. case towards The Solar following a Virginia jury’s unanimous verdict in his favor has amassed almost 60,000 signatures.

Earlier this month, a Virginia jury dominated in a unanimous choice that Amber Heard, 36, defamed her ex-husband Depp, 58, in a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Publish about surviving home abuse.

Following the June 1 verdict, Daniel ShenSmith, a lawyer in England and Wales who goes by BlackBeltBarrister on YouTube, launched a petition on Change.org calling on the Lord Chief Justice to permit Depp to re-appeal a U.Okay. decide’s 2020 ruling that he assaulted his ex-wife.

In Virginia, a plaintiff will solely win a defamation case if the defendant made a “false and defamatory” assertion “of or regarding” the plaintiff. The jury agreed that Depp glad the circumstances, which now turned followers and authorized specialists’ consideration to the November 2020 verdict in Depp’s libel lawsuit towards British tabloid The Solar for calling him a “wife-beater.”

Depp misplaced the case after a U.Okay. decide upheld the outlet’s claims as being “considerably true,” and Heard testified to again up the claims. In March 2021, the actor’s try to overturn the choice was overruled.

“The world watched because the U.S. trial unfolded and the jury delivered its verdict in distinction to the findings of the trial decide within the U.Okay.,” ShenSmith wrote within the petition, which has obtained over 57,000 signatures as of this writing.

He identified the importance of the decision in Virginia, including, “The jury returned the unanimous verdict that Amber Heard defamed Johnny Depp in her statements of the alleged abuse and, subsequently, that the alleged abuse didn’t happen. That is in stark distinction with the U.Okay. judgment, rendering it wholly incompatible as a matter of pure justice.”

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The lawyer stated that the Virginia trial revealed “inconsistent evidential findings” and that there have been “points with disclosure” within the U.Okay. trial.

“How can this have ever achieved a simply consequence? How can this be honest?” he wrote.

He requested the Court docket of Enchantment to “reopen an attraction with the intention to keep away from actual injustice in distinctive circumstances.”

ShenSmith shared extra particulars concerning the petition on his YouTube channel, the place he stated, “The appropriate proof has been heard within the U.S. trial and determined by a jury, however the issue is that these two selections at the moment are not in sync. And with two very completely different selections, for my part, that is not justice.”

Depp was awarded $15 million in damages, however Heard will solely must pay $10.35 million on account of a Virginia regulation capping punitive damages.

Depp, in the meantime, was discovered to have defamed his ex-wife on considered one of three claims in her countersuit. She was awarded $2 million in damages.

In her first post-verdict assertion, Heard stated, “The frustration I really feel at the moment is past phrases. I am heartbroken that the mountain of proof nonetheless was not sufficient to face as much as the disproportionate energy, affect and sway of my ex-husband. I am much more dissatisfied with what this verdict means for different girls. It’s a setback.”

“It units again the clock to a time when a lady who spoke up and spoke out might be publicly shamed and humiliated. It units again the concept violence towards girls is to be taken critically,” she continued.

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Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft stated her shopper plans to attraction the decision.

The failed libel motion has already broken Johnny Depp’s profession Photograph: AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS

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