Amber Heard isn’t giving up just yet and is preparing to deal a new blow to her ex-husband.
On Friday, opposing legal teams gathered in a Fairfax courtroom with Judge Penny Azkarate. Rather than go through with a settlement agreement, the actress’ reps said she would appeal the results of a six-week defamation trial.
“As yesterday’s congressional hearing said, if you’re innocent, don’t ask for clemency. And you don’t drop an appeal when you know you’re right,” spokesman Heard said.
The meeting came just weeks after the controversial lawsuit ended on June 1. The jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages, which was eventually reduced to just over $10 million under Virginia law, while Amber herself received $2 million in damages.
Judge Azkarat told Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, that the actress must post bail of $8.35 million and 6% per annum in order for the appeal to be formally heard.
However, Bredehoft has previously said that Amber is “absolutely incapable” of paying for the judgement, casting doubt on her next move.
In her first post-trial interview with Dateline and its host Savannah Guthrie, the actress provided even more evidence, including a folder of notes from her therapist that could help tip the court’s decision in the star’s favour.
But Amber herself admitted that she still loves her ex-husband and will continue to stand by her testimony in court “until death”.
In a previous post, the judge overseeing the trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard delivered a final verdict in the case on Friday.
He literally allowed them to reach an agreement at the last minute. However, a rep for the Aquaman star has previously said the actress plans to appeal the verdict.
Amber has 30 days to file a complaint. The jury returned a verdict on June 1, finding the former spouses libeled each other. However, the decision was largely in Depp’s favor.