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Johnny Depp files appeal against single conviction for defaming Amber Heard

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Johnny Depp has filed an appeal against his conviction for defaming ex-wife Amber Heard a day after his ex-wife sought to have her convictions for defaming him overturned.

In new legal documents obtained by DailyMail, it was revealed that the actor’s legal team filed the appeal in Fairfax County, Virginia on Friday July 22, just one day after Heard filed her notice to appeal the three defamation charges she was convicted of.

Depp, 59, was ordered to pay Heard, 36, $2 million in damages after he was convicted of a single count of defamation, for calling her domestic abuse claims against him a hoax.’

Although, the judge ordered Heard to pay Depp $10.35 million after she was convicted of three counts of defamation in June, for branding her ex a domestic abuser.

Depp’s legal team said on Friday, July 22, that he’d filed the appeal to ensure ‘all information is considered by the court’ while they consider Heard’s application to overturn her three defamation convictions.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor accused his ex of defaming him by ‘falsely’ calling herself a domestic violence victim in a Washington Post op-ed in 2018. The jury ruled in favor of all his claims.

Heard then countersued, claiming she was defamed when Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, publicly called her allegations a ‘hoax.’ That counterclaim awarded the Aquaman actress $2 million in compensation.

A source close to Depp claimed he believes it is time the pair ‘move on with their lives and heal,’ but since Heard pursued further legal action, Depp must counter-appeal to ensure all relevant information is considered by the appeals court.

Depp originally sued Heard for $50 million over the Washington Post essay in which she described herself as ‘a public figure representing domestic abuse.’

The actor’s lawyers alleged he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned him by name, arguing the piece clearly referred to their 15-month marriage.

Heard countersued for $100 million, alleging that Depp’s former lawyer defamed her by publicly characterizing her abuse allegations as a hoax.

The jury ordered Heard to pay Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The punitive damages were reduced to $350,000 under a state cap. The jury also awarded Heard $2 million on her counterclaim.’

‘This was an overwhelmingly positive verdict for Mr. Depp,’ a source close to Depp told Entertainment Tonight on Friday. ‘The verdict speaks for itself.’

However, Heard notified the Virginia court on Thursday that she will appeal the judgment, as well as rulings the judge made after the verdict – including rejecting Heard’s motion to declare a mistrial and dismiss the lawsuit or order a new trial.

‘Mr. Depp believes that this is a time for both parties to move on with their lives and heal,’ the source said.

‘But if Ms. Heard is determined to pursue further litigation by appealing the verdict, Mr. Depp is filing a concurrent appeal to ensure that the full record and all relevant legal issues are considered by the Court of Appeal.’

Much of the testimony during the six-week trial focused on Heard’s claims that she had been physically and sexually abused by Depp at least a dozen times.

Depp insisted that he never hit Heard and that she was the abuser.

A spokesperson for Heard, in a statement Thursday, claimed her legal team believes ‘the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict.’

‘We are therefore appealing the verdict. While we realize today’s filing will ignite the Twitter bonfires, there are steps we need to take to ensure both fairness and justice,’ the spokesperson added.

Depp’s team hit back, saying: ‘The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and came to a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant herself defamed Mr. Depp in multiple instances.’

‘We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand,’ his spokesman said Thursday.

Earlier this month, Heard’s attorneys asked the judge to throw out the decision and declare a mistrial, arguing that one of the jurors on the case should not have been eligible to serve because his summons was intended for his father, who had the same name and lived at the same address.

The request was shot down in a written order last Wednesday, with Judge Penny Azcarate ruling there was ‘no evidence of fraud or wrongdoing’ by the juror and that the jury’s verdict should stand.

She noted both sides had questioned and accepted all jurors at the start of the trial.

‘Due process was guaranteed and provided to all parties in this litigation,’ Azcarate wrote.

In the 43-page memorandum filed July 1, Heard’s lawyers had also argued that the verdict – and the $10 million in damages she now owes Depp – should be tossed out on the grounds that during the trial, Depp ‘proceeded solely on defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard’s statements were actually false.’

Depp’s lead attorney, Ben Chew, responded to the motion in a statement to Courthouse News, saying: ‘What we expected, just longer, no more substantive.’

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Kim Kardashian ‘fears Kanye West will never let her move’ on after Pete Davidson split

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Kim Kardashian fears Kanye West will never let her move on after her split from Pete Davidson, according to reports.

The mum-of-four, 41, broke up with the former Saturday Night Live funnyman after nine months – in news which appeared to delight Ye.

In a post which was slammed by Kim’s fans, the Stronger rapper posted a fake New York Times cover on social media declaring “Skete Davidson” was “dead at 28”.

Kim is said to have been horrified by the meme and now a source claims she’s worried her ex will sabotage her future romances.

They said: “Kim’s heartbroken over her split from Pete and to have Kanye only add more upset has been a double blow.

“His bad taste made her realise that he might never let her move on with her life and be happy,” reports Closer magazine.

Pete and Kim are said to have ended their relationship due to their hectic schedules and the distance between them.

The SKIMS founder resides in California while Pete’s pad is in New York.

The comedian has also been away in Australia filming Wizards!

Then there was the issue of the couple’s 13-year age gap.

As a mum of four, Kim isn’t keen on another child while Pete is said to want to start a family, an insider told the publication.

The source added: “The more serious things got, the more Kim visualised having a fifth child. She had to let him go.

“She’s heartbroken but she’s trying to stay positive.”

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Davido reacts to his sleeping meme that has gone viral

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Davido has reacted to a viral meme of him sleeping.

A photo of the singer sleeping in a car was shared with the words, “see person wey stand strong”.

This is a reference to his song “Stand Strong”.

Reacting, Davido shared the meme and wrote: “If I catch this person, na fight.”

He added: “I don dey laff for one hour straight.”

Davido reacts to his sleeping meme that has gone viral

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A$AP Rocky charged with assault over 2021 shooting

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Rapper A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault for the November 2021 shooting of a former friend in Hollywood.

Prosecutors said earlier that Rocky pointed a gun at a man (since identified as Relli) during a heated conversation in Hollywood last fall. Later, Rocky allegedly fired two shots in Relli’s direction. Relli has said that he was hit with bullet fragments and suffered injuries as a result of the shooting.

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced on Monday August 15, that the rapper is facing two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm with allegations of personally using a firearm.

George said;

“Discharging a gun in a public place is a serious offense that could have ended with tragic consequences not only for the person targeted but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood.

“My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a special firearm allegation was warranted.”

Rocky will be arraigned on Wednesday Augusy 17. The “Praise the Lord” artist had been taken into custody and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after arriving in LAX airport with girlfriend Rihanna in April. He was released on $550,000 bail.

Rocky previously found himself in legal hot water in 2019 when he was arrested and jailed in Sweden for a month for his involvement in a street fight with alleged “drug addicts.”

The rapper and Rihanna welcomed their first child together, a boy, on May 13. The pair started dating in 2020, and the “Umbrella” singer announced her pregnancy in January.

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