Judge Denies Amber Heard’s Request For Mistrial In Johnny Depp Case

Heard's attorney filed a motion to toss the verdict for “improper juror service" last week.

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A Virginia judge dismissed Amber Heard’s motion for a mistrial in the defamation suit involving Johnny Depp.

At the beginning of June, the jury ruled in favor of Johnny Depp in the high-profile defamation case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Since then, Heard has called the trial coverage unfair and vowed to overturn the verdict.

Last week, Amber Heard’s attorney filed a motion to toss the verdict in the Johnny Depp trial for “improper juror service” and proceed with a new trial. On Wednesday, Jude Penney Azcarate denied Heard’s plea for a mistrial and wrote the following:

“Defendant does not allege Juror Fifteen’s inclusion on the jury prejudiced her in any way. The juror was vetted, sat for the entire jury, deliberated and reached a verdict. The only evidence before this Court is that this juror and all jurors followed their oaths, the Court’s instructions and orders. This court is bound by the competent decision of the jury.”

Heard Is Still Expected To Appeal

Despite the judge denying Amber Heard’s request for a mistrial, the Aquaman star is still expected to file an appeal of the verdict in the Johnny Depp case after the judgment becomes final. An appeal would cost Heard $8.35 million with 6% annual interest.

Amber Heard is still expected to appear in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Here is the upcoming film’s synopsis:

When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must forge an uneasy alliance with an unlikely ally to protect Atlantis, and the world, from irreversible devastation.

Directed by James Wan, the upcoming sequel stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Arthur Curry, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, Vincent Regan as Atlan, Jani Zaho as Stingray, Indya Moore as Karshon, and Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbæk in an unknown role.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will hit theaters on March 17, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Amber Heard in the upcoming DC sequel, the potential appeal in the Johnny Depp case, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: FairfaxCounty.gov

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.