Amber Heard intervenes jurors as big step against Johnny Depp announced

Lawyers for Amber heard have officially summoned a Virginia court to “overturn” the jury’s verdict in her infamous defamation battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp.

In a motion filed with the Fairfax County Circuit Court and published by: Courthouse NewsHeard’s attorneys asked the court to “dismiss” the complaint and “investigate possible improper jury service.”

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Heard was ordered to pay ex-husband Depp, 59, more than $10 million ($A14 million) after a jury trial found out she was slandering him in a Washington Post Op-Ed in which she portrayed herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence”.

Depp had previously lost a libel suit against the publishers of the British tabloid the sunafter the UK Supreme Court ruled that the allegations of abuse leveled by Heard were “substantially true”.

American jurors were not allowed to hear about the British verdict.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in 2014. Credit: Kevin MazuryGetty Images for Spike TV

“The exclusion from the UK verdict, coupled with Mr Depp’s continued urging the jury to go back six years and exonerate him and restore his reputation, resulted in an indefensible $10 million verdict in damages and $5 million for punitive damages,” Heard’s motion said. †

“The verdict is excessive in light of the evidence and the law, and should be quashed.”

The motion went on to say, “During the trial, Mr. Depp relied solely on a theory of defamation by implication and dropped all claims that Ms. Heard’s statements were factually false.”

Amber Heard’s attorneys have officially called for a Virginia court to “nullify” the jury’s verdict. Credit: Getty Images

In addition, Heard’s attorneys suggested that a juror on the panel may have been illegally selected.

Juror No. 15 was apparently born in 1970, not 1945, as reported to and trusted by the parties – including Ms Heard – in selecting a jury panel.

“It appears that the juror’s identity has not been verified. It is unclear whether Judge No. 15 has ever been called up for jury duty or qualified to serve on the panel.

“This warrants an investigation by this court to determine whether the juror was actually summoned and whether the parties’ procedural rights were circumvented.”

Heard’s lawyers said that, depending on the results of the investigation, “it may justify quashing the verdict in its entirety and remanding this case for a new trial.”

Amber’s love for Johnny

The development comes just weeks after Heard left TV presenters stunned when she declared she still loves Depp after the couple’s epic smear battle took the world by storm.

Speak with NBC Today host Savannah Guthrie, in an interview broadcast in the US, Heard made the unexpected revelation.

But despite the lengthy courtroom battle in which Heard accused Depp of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, she told Guthrie she loved him.

Johnny Depp says the verdict has given him his life back. Credit: Getty Images
The development comes just weeks after Heard left stunned TV presenters when she stated she still loves Depp. Credit: Instagram/Amberheard

“Absolutely. I love him,” Heard told the host. “I loved him with all my heart. And I did my best to make a deeply broken relationship work. And I couldn’t,” Heard added.

“I don’t have any bad feelings or ill will towards him at all,” she continued.

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Amber Heard stuns with Johnny Depp confession of love.

Amber Heard stuns with Johnny Depp confession of love.

“I know that might be hard to understand or very easy to understand. If you’ve ever loved someone, it should be easy.”

After the segment aired, Guthrie and co-host Hoda Kotb agreed that the “present tense” word choice was “interesting.”

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