The most high-profile celebrity lawsuits of all time
Amber Heard's request for a mistrial in Johnny Depp defamation case denied by judge
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Once you hit a certain level of fame or a certain bank account balance, lawsuits become inevitable. Realistically, we'd probably all get sued for libel if all of our social media posts and conversations were analyzed with a fine-tooth comb! It's no wonder then that celebrities are constantly besieged with legal problems. Some are so low-level that they don't even make it into the tabloids, while others dominate the headlines from start to finish.
The trial of Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard came to a close with the jury's verdict delivered on June 1. However, it maintained its grasp on the public attention when Amber Heard doubled down on her attempt to appeal the verdict on the basis of insufficient evidence. Her team argued that Depp's claim that he lost his 'Pirates of the Caribbean' role due to her Washington Post op-ed "proceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard's statements were actually false." They also claimed that one of the jurors who worked on the trial, Juror 15, was not properly vetted. The person summoned to court was supposed to be born in 1945, but Heard's team claims that the person who served "was clearly born later than 1945. Publicly available information demonstrates that he appears to have been born in 1970."
Regardless of the arguments offered by Heard's legal team, the judge has denied her request for a mistrial. In her statement on July 13, she concluded that there was "no evidence of fraud or wrongdoing" to warrant a mistrial. On the issue of the juror, the judge asserted that he was properly vetted, met all of the state requirements, and that Heard and her legal team had the opportunity to review and approve him before the trial. It's not yet clear if Heard has any other cards left to play in battling the verdict.
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