“I think this is an inconsistent verdict”: Heard will likely appeal, expert tells BBC
Lawyer Lisa Bloom says she believes the Depp v Heard case is far from over, telling BBC Newsnight that she expects Amber Heard to appeal against what Bloom described as an “inconsistent” verdict.
“I want to emphasise that this is not the end, because most defamation cases are really decided on appeal,” Bloom told BBC Newsnight. “I have handed a number of defamation cases, including representing Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby. We had to argue two appeals in that case, both of which were successful.
“And I think there are a lot of issues on appeal. For example, I think this is an inconsistent verdict. How can it be that Amber Heard was defamed when Johnny Depp’s lawyer said that her allegations were a hoax, and yet Johnny Depp was also defamed when she said she was representative of domestic violence. I think that’s inconsistent, and you can’t have an inconsistent verdict.
“She also got hit with the defamation verdict for the headline in the article, which she did not write. Now, she retweeted it, but she didn’t write it. I retweet articles all the time. Am I responsible if there’s a false statement within that article? Generally, we think people are not responsible for that.
“So I think this is going to go up on appeal, I think that within a year or two we’re going to have a more definitive answer and outcome in this case.”