Following the recent defamation lawsuit with her ex-husband Johnny Depp, Amber Heard is putting together a new legal team as she prepares to appeal the verdict.
Johnny Depp emerged victorious in the latest defamation lawsuit, being awarded over $10 million in damages for statements found to be defamatory in an op-ed written by Amber Heard for the Washington Post. Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages over a statement previously made by one of Depp’s lawyers.
Following the trial, Amber Heard had made clear her intentions to fight the verdict. Reports have now emerged she has recruited new lawyers as she prepares for the next round of legal wrangling.
Depp Vs. Heard: Round 2
Amber Heard’s previous lawyer, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, will be stepping down as the Aquaman actress appeals the defamation verdict.
Replacing Amber Heard’s previous team are Ballard Spahr lawyers David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown, who will be leading on her appeal. Ben Rottenborn will be continuing in his role as Heard’s co-counsel. Axelrod and Brown have previously successfully defended the New York Times against a defamation lawsuit from Sarah Palin.
Talking about taking on Amber Heard’s case, the two lawyers released a joint statement:
“We welcome the opportunity to represent Ms. Heard in this appeal as it is a case with important First Amendment implications for every American. We’re confident the appellate court will apply the law properly without deference to popularity, reverse the judgment against Ms. Heard, and reaffirm the fundamental principles of Freedom of Speech.”
A spokesperson for Amber Heard said in a statement that a “different court warrants different representation, particularly as so much new evidence is now coming to light.”
Meanwhile, Heard’s previous lawyer Elaine Charlson Bredehoft called this “the perfect time to pass the baton” and pledged her “complete cooperation and assistance” to Heard’s new legal team.
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