Each Heard and Depp have been discovered accountable for defamation Wednesday in dueling lawsuits in opposition to one another. The jury, nonetheless, awarded considerably extra damages to Depp.
“That is as a result of she was demonized right here,” Bredehoft stated of the decision. “Quite a lot of issues have been allowed on this courtroom that ought to not have been allowed, and it brought about the jury to be confused.”
In a subsequent interview with CNN’s Kate Bouldan, Bredehoft stated the jury dominated in Depp’s favor on every of his claims, partially, as a result of he had the benefits of “wealth, energy and fame.”
“I believe that made an enormous distinction on this case. Nevertheless it additionally stated we’re not going to consider ladies even once they have photographs,” she stated. “Principally, except she had pulled out her cellphone, her iPhone and videotaped him as he was beating her, she’s not going to be believed, it did not occur.”
Depp sued Heard for $50 million as he alleges that she defamed him with a 2018 Washington Publish op-ed through which she wrote about her expertise with home violence.
Depp was not referred to by identify in Heard’s piece, however he argued it price him work.
She countersued him for $100 million over statements Depp’s legal professional made through which he referred to as her abuse claims a “hoax.”
The jury discovered that Heard defamed Depp in three separate statements within the op-ed, and that Depp defamed Heard with one assertion by his legal professional.
The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million dollars in punitive damages, that are capped at $350,000 in Virginia. The jury awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages and no cash in punitive damages.
CNN additionally requested an interview with an legal professional for Depp however they declined.
Plans to enchantment
“From the very starting, the objective of bringing this case was to disclose the reality, whatever the final result. Talking the reality was one thing that I owed to my youngsters and to all those that have remained steadfast of their assist of me,” Depp’s assertion learn. “I really feel at peace understanding I’ve lastly achieved that.”
Bredehoft informed CNN she felt the mix of cameras and the variety of Depp followers who got here to the courthouse for the previous couple’s defamation trial turned the courtroom into one thing that “was like a coliseum.”
“I believe a few of it needed to do with the quantity of social media that was concerned, the cameras within the courtroom,” Bredehoft stated. “The truth that they’d 100 Depp followers in there day-after-day, it was like coliseum versus a dignified courtroom. I believe all of these issues had a destructive affect right here that brought about this to be rather more difficult and rather more troublesome.”
Bredehoft additionally stated that, whereas she has little question that the jurors within the trial tried to stick to the decide’s directions to not learn any information concerning the trial, she felt it might have been troublesome to dam out all the locations the place discussions concerning the six week-long trial have been happening.
“However actuality is social media is in all places, it was everywhere in the TVs the radios, the web, in all places. It was actually onerous to dam that out. And because it was so vitriolic to Amber I believe it made it much more troublesome,” Bredehoft stated.
Bredehoft stated Heard’s enchantment will partly give attention to highlighting the knowledge Heard was not allowed to testify about through the trial that Depp’s staff objected to as rumour.
“I do not query the decide’s equity. I believe she’s an excellent decide, I’ve identified her for a very long time. That does not imply that I do not query rulings and I do query rulings on this case,” Bredehoft stated.
Sonia Moghe contributed to this story.