Amber Heard has hired new legal counsel to represent her as she appeals a verdict in a defamation case against ex Johnny Depp.
Elaine Bredehoft is stepping down after a wild six-week trial as Hurd replaces David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown have been selected. The pair made a successful rescue The New York Times In a defamation lawsuit against Sarah Palin earlier this year. Ben Rotenborn will continue to represent Heard as co-counsel.
“When it comes to protecting the fundamental right of free speech, we view a jury’s verdict — to paraphrase a famous quote — ‘not as the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning,'” Herd spokeswoman said. tells Yahoo Entertainment. “A different court warrants different representation, especially since so much new evidence is now coming to light.”
On June 1, a Virginia jury found Depp defamed in a 2018 The Washington Post op-ed when she wrote about surviving domestic abuse and sexual violence, though she never named the actor.
“We welcome the opportunity to represent Ms. Hurd in this appeal because this is a case with important First Amendment implications for every American,” Axelrod and Brown noted in a joint statement. “We are confident that the appellate court will correctly apply the law without respect for popularity, overturn the decision against Ms. Heard, and reaffirm the fundamental principles of free speech.”
It is not uncommon for a person to change lawyers during the appeals process.
“It’s the right time to pass the baton,” adds Bredehoft. “I have pledged my full cooperation and support to Amber and her appellate team as they continue on their path to success.”
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Although the verdict is considered a major victory for Depp, the jury sided with Heard on one of her three counterclaims for defamation. The actress was awarded $2 million in damages, compared to Depp’s $10.35 million. The Pirates of the Caribbean The star has launched his appeal, but is sticking with his legal team.
Depp’s acquittal in the court of public opinion could help launch his Hollywood comeback.
Earlier on Monday, it was announced that the actor will be directing his first film in 25 years. Image, title Modigliani, It is about the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, and will be co-produced with Al Pacino and Barry Navidi.
“The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I am incredibly honored and truly humbled to bring to the screen,” said Depp. The Hollywood Reporter. It will be produced for IN.2, the European arm of his production company Infinitum Nihil. “It was a life of hardship, but triumph in the end – a universal human story that all audiences can identify with.”
This is the second European project for Depp as he recently started shooting Jeanne du Barry. The film is the actor’s first feature film in three years. Depp plays King Louis XV, which is being directed by French filmmaker Maven.