Amber Heard's request for a fresh trial in her defamation case against ex-husband Johnny Depp has been denied by a Virginia court in the US.
The judge who presided over the six-week trial from April to June denied Amber's plea to have the June 1 decision in the well-known case set aside or have a mistrial declared in a written order on Wednesday.
In the judgement, Amber was ordered to pay $2 million to Johnny and $10 million in compensatory damages and $3.5 million in punitive damages.
The request was submitted last week by Amber's attorneys, who claimed that one of the jurors selected for the Amber Heard v. Johnny Depp trial was not the same person who was served with the jury summons.
Johnny’s legal team had rejected the efforts by Amber’s lawyers and called the filing ‘frivolous’.
Judge Penney Azcarate dismissed all of Amber's arguments in a written ruling on Wednesday, stating that she was not biassed and that the jury problem in particular was not significant.
“The juror was vetted, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict. The only evidence before this Court is that this juror and all jurors followed their oaths, the Court’s instructions, and orders. This Court is bound by the competent decision of the jury,” Azcarate wrote,
Johnny sued Amber for defamation in March 2019 after she wrote a 2018 op-ed piece in The Washington Post about domestic violence.
The article did not mention Johnny by name, but his lawyers said the article defamed him by referring to allegations of abuse as she filed for divorce in 2016.
In early June, a jury at Fairfax County, Virginia, found Amber guilty of three defamation claims and ordered her to pay $10.35 million in damages to Johnny.