Johnny Depp looks upbeat as he arrives for Italian jazz festival after Amber Heard denied new trial in defamation case

Johnny Depp smiled as he arrived for the festival days after Amber Heard was denied a new trial (Picture: Backgrid/Reuters)

appeared to be in good spirits as he was spotted in Italy after was denied a new trial in their defamation case.

The actor, who’s been enjoying a stint in Europe afterfollowing the trial’s verdict, was seen arriving for a rehearsal at the Umbria Jazz Festival at the Arena Santa Giuliana in Perugia.

Seemingly unfazed by the scorching temperatures, Depp, 59, donned a white tee and jeans with a hat and shades.

Joined by two companions, the star made his way to rehearsals ahead of his performance with his pal Beck, 78.

The pair, who have been touring together,

The performance comes days after Heard

Earlier this month, Heard’s lawyers claimed that the verdict that she had defamed Depp was not supported by evidence, and that 

Depp arrived to rehearse for the jazz festival (Picture: Focus Tuscany / BACKGRID)
Beck and Depp toured together in the UK (Picture: PA)

Last week, Judge Penny Azcarate said the juror issue was irrelevant and that Heard could not show she had been prejudiced.

‘The juror was vetted, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict,’ she said.

‘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.’

Depp’s lawyers had also hit back at Heard’s request, saying: ‘Following a six-week jury trial, a jury of Ms Heard’s peers rendered a verdict against her in virtually all respects.

Depp won the defamation case (Picture: AP)
Heard appealed the verdict, but her request for a new trial was denied (Picture: Getty)

‘Though understandably displeased with the outcome of trial, Ms Heard has identified no legitimate basis to set aside in any respect the jury’s decision.

‘Virginia law is clear that a verdict is not to be set aside unless it is “plainly wrong or without evidence to support it.”‘

Their statement continued: ‘Here, the verdict was well-supported by the overwhelming evidence, consistent with the law, and should not be set aside.

‘Mr Depp respectfully submits that the court should deny Ms Heard’s Post-Trial Motions, which verge into the frivolous.’

Last month, the Aquaman star, 36, was found by a unanimous seven-person jury in Fairfax, Virginia, in a Washington Post article in which she claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse.

While Depp wasn’t named in the article, his lawyers argued the piece was defamatory against the actor and the court awarded him $15million (£12m) in compensatory and punitive damages.

Heard won one count of her $100m (£83m) countersuit, and was given damages of $2m (£1.6m), meaning she has to pay the 59-year-old $8m (£6.6m).

Her lawyers later said that she was not able to pay Depp the $8m and her insurance firm reportedly said it will not pay out for the damages due to Heard comitting ‘wilful defamation’.


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