Amber Heard formally announces appeal of Johnny Depp defamation suit

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  • Amber Heard has announced her planned appeal via her attorney, Elaine Bredehoft.
  • In a recent hearing, the judge warned that Bredehoft would have to file motions with the court for an appeal.
  • Heard will also have to put up an $8.35 million bond with 6% annual interest for any appeal to move forward formally.

The multimillion-dollar defamation suit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard may be over, but the legal battle is not.

In a short hearing on Friday, Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft sought to set a briefing schedule and more for a proposed appeal for her client.

According to Deadline, Judge Penney Azcarate told Bredehoft that she would have to file motions with the court if she wanted to appeal the verdict from the seven-person jury. Azcarate also informed Heard's attorney that the Aquaman star would have to put up an $8.35 million bond with 6% annual interest for any appeal to move forward formally.

This comes after a six-week legal tussle between Heard and Depp, in which a US jury awarded Depp more than $10 million in damages for defamation, in contrast to just $2 million for Heard, who had counter-sued.

Reiterating what she and Heard have said publicly over the past few weeks, Bredehoft made it clear Friday that Heard will be appealing the verdict.

Heard spoke out about the verdict in her first interview after the trial earlier this month.

"I don't presume the average person should know those things," Heard told NBC at the time. "And so I don't take it personally."

"But even somebody who is sure I'm deserving of all this hate and vitriol, even if you think that I'm lying, you still couldn't look me in the eye and tell me that you think on social media there's been a fair representation," she added when addressing the countless social media posts and internet memes targeted toward her during the trial.

Days after her interview, a member of the seven-person jury divulged why they sided with Depp, saying, "The crying, the facial expressions that she had, the staring at the jury – all of us were very uncomfortable."

A man identified as "one of five men on the jury" continued, "She would answer one question, and she would be crying and then two seconds later she would turn ice cold… Some of us used the expression 'crocodile tears.'"

READ MORE | Depp vs Heard juror explains why the jury sided with the Pirates actor 

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