Amber Heard and Johnny Depp could return to court as lawyers announce next step

Fairfax, Virginia - Amber Heard is not giving up without a fight, as her legal team and that of her ex-husband Johnny Depp convened at a Fairfax, Virginia, courtroom with Judge Penney Azcarate on Friday.

Johnny Depp (l.) won his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard
Johnny Depp (l.) won his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard  © REUTERS

Instead of finalizing a settlement, Heard’s representatives said the actor will appeal the outcome of the six-week defamation trial.

"As stated in yesterday’s congressional hearings, you don’t ask for a pardon if you are innocent. And you don’t decline to appeal if you know you are right," a spokesperson for Heard said.

The meeting comes just weeks after the celebrity trial of the century concluded on June 1. The jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages, eventually downsized to slightly more than $10 million per Virginia’s statutory limit, and $2 million to Heard.

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According to Deadline, Azcarate told Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft that the actor will have to pay an $8.35-million bond and 6% yearly interest for the appeal to formally proceed. Bredehoft previously said that Heard is "absolutely not" able to afford the judgment, which casts doubt on the affordability of a possible appeal.

Neither Heard nor Depp were present for Friday’s hearing.

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Heard has continued pleading her case following the June 1 ruling. In her first post-trial interview with NBC’s Dateline and Savannah Guthrie, the actor presented more evidence, including a binder of notes from her therapist that she said would have helped sway the court's decision in her favor.

Heard also said that she "absolutely" still loves her ex-husband and that she will continue to stand by her court testimony until her "dying day."

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