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Amber Heard hires new legal team as she appeals Johnny Depp defamation verdict

After a six-week trial, a jury ruled in June that Heard's 2018 Washington Post op-ed, defamed Depp, her ex-husband. The court also awarded Heard damages for a defamatory statement made by Depp's former lawyer. The Aquaman actress officially filed to appeal the verdict in July and has now assembled a new legal team to help her case. On Monday, Heard announced that she had hired new lawyers, David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown. Ben Rottenborn who represented her during the trial, will remain on the team as co-counsel, while her other trial attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, is stepping down.

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