Elaine Bredehoft, a trial attorney, leaves when Amber Heard selects a new legal team.

 Elaine Bredehoft, a trial attorney, leaves when Amber Heard selects a new legal team.

A representative said on Monday that actress Amber Heard has split up with Elaine Bredehoft, who represented her during the Depp v. Heard trial.

Heard, 36, has recruited David Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown, First Amendment lawyers who successfully defended the New York Times against a libel lawsuit brought by Sarah Palin, a former governor of Alaska and the 2008 Republican vice presidential contender.

Axelrod and Brown stated in a joint statement, "We appreciate the chance to defend Ms. Heard in this appeal since it is a case with vital First Amendment consequences for every American."

The statement added, "We're certain the appellate court will apply the law correctly without regard to public opinion, reverse the decision against Ms. Heard, and reaffirm the basic values of Freedom of Speech."

The jury found against Heard in the slander lawsuit and gave her ex-husband Johnny Depp $10.35 million as a result.

Heard will continue to be represented by Ben Rottenborn, Bredehoft's co-counsel in the case, during the appeals procedure.

After a lengthy courtroom fight that was broadcast live online in Fairfax, Virginia, Johnny Depp, 59, was awarded $10.35 million in damages against the "Aquaman" actress.

The jury determined that by describing herself as a victim of domestic violence in an opinion piece from 2018 she had defamed the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor.

In addition, Heard received a $2 million reward from the panel when it upheld one of her counterclaims.

But both in the courts and among the general public, Depp emerged as the undisputed winner. Both parties have stated their intent to challenge the judgment.

According to Bredehoft, a successful and well-known trial lawyer in Virginia, it is customary to retain a new legal firm for an appeal.

Bredehoft stated, "We strongly advised that here, and we have been aiding Ms. Heard in the procedure of interviewing and selecting her counsel," adding that an appeal benefited from a "fresh viewpoint" and a "new pair of eyes."

Bredehoft is likewise prepared to leave the Depp v. Heard case, which has dominated her professional life for the past few years, behind.

In addition to a six-week trial in autumn, she noted, "I have a really hefty case load." "I really need to go back to my clients, who have been so patient," I said.

Heard obtained a restraining order against Depp in 2016, alleging him of hitting her in the face with a smartphone, an accusation he has adamantly denied. This is when the legal drama started.

Six years later, the bitter ex-couples are still squabbling in court and the media, continuing a battle that has lasted far longer than their 15-month union.

tags: Amber Heard,Elaine Bredehoft
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