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Johnny Depp Files To Appeal $2 Million Verdict In Amber Heard’s Favor From Defamation Countersuit

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Following Amber Heard‘s file to appeal ex Johnny Depp‘s $15M judgment against her, the Pirates of the Caribbean star clapped back with an appeal of his own. Amber was awarded $2M in her countersuit against Johnny, and the Edward Scissorhands actor is also pushing back on that much smaller award. Per documents obtained by HollywoodLife, Johnny filed his appeal on Friday, July 22 at the Virginia Court of Appeals in Fairfax County, Virginia.

News hit Thursday, July 21 that lawyers for the Aquaman beauty, 36, had officially filed an appeal in Johnny’s infamous defamation case against her. Per papers obtained by HL, Amber seeks to appeal the verdict stating that she was guilty of sabotaging her ex-husband’s career, when she wrote an editorial in the Washington Post identifying herself as a “public figure” representing domestic violence. Amber never named Johnny in the op-ed. The Ed Wood star was previously awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, in a highly publicized case that overwhelmingly cast Amber as the villain in the court of popular opinion.

“We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment,” read a statement forwarded to HL from Amber’s spokesperson. “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.” Amber’s move to have the entire case thrown out by mistrial was denied on July 13.

Amber had asked judge Penney Azcarate to throw out the case, claiming that a wrong juror was seated and ultimately helped seal the actress’s fate in the defamation case. Meanwhile, Johnny’s immediate post trial statement declared that “The jury gave me my life back.”

This isn’t the first time the actor has filed an appeal. After a dramatic loss in his UK libel case against The Sun, whom he sued for labeling him a “wife beater,” Johnny appealed in November of 2020. However, Judge Andrew Nicol again ruled against him, upholding his original verdict that of 12 of 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence against Amber did happen in his opinion, per the evidence presented.

“The findings of fact by a first instance tribunal (particularly one, such as myself, who has heard oral evidence) are rarely open to challenge on appeal,” read the ruling. “In any event, I do not consider that the proposed grounds of appeal have a reasonable prospect of success (and that is also the case so far as the grounds of appeal suggest that I erred in principle or in law) and there is not some other compelling reason why permission to appeal should be granted.”

Johnny was ultimately forced to resign from his role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise following the loss.

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Dominique Sharpton: 5 Things About Al Sharpton’s Daughter Who Was Revealed On ‘Claim To Fame’

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The tensest guess-off to date went down on the August 8 episode of Claim To Fame. It came down to Kai and Dominique, with Kai guessing that Dominique is related to Rev. Al Sharpton. She was right. Dominique is none other than the daughter of Rev. Al Sharpton.

She didn’t win Claim To Fame, but Dominique is accomplished just like her father. From her personal life to her career, HollywoodLife has rounded up what you need to know about Dominique.

1. Dominique was revealed as Al Sharpton’s daughter on Claim To Fame.

Kai was chosen as the guesser and picked Dominique as the contestant to join her in the guess-off. Kai guessed correctly — after getting a big hint from Logan — that Dominique’s relative is Al Sharpton. After the reveal, Dominique noted in front of her fellow cast members that she’s “Proud of my dad for the important work that he did and for putting his life on the line as he does every day to really make the world a better place. I’m proud of him for being unapologetic in everything that he does, and I’ve tried to carry that on in everything that I do, including being here.”

2. Dominique is married.

Dominique is married to Dr. Marcus Bright. The couple wed in Queens, New York, on October 15, 2017, after a 16-month engagement. Their wedding had 1,000 guests, according to The Knot.

3. Dominique works for National Action Network.

Dominque joined National Action Network in 2008. She helped increased NAN members as the group’s membership director. The organization is a not-for-profit, civil rights organization founded by Dominque’s father.

4. Dominique is the oldest of Al’s two kids.

Al and his now ex-wife Kathy Jordan welcomed Dominique in 1986. The couple also has a second daughter named Ashley.

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5. Dominique is also an actress.

Dominique attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She appeared in the musical Showboat in Cape Cod and had an under five in the 2009 film Duplicity. Dominque also co-produced her father’s radio show for a year.

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Jennifer Lopez Rocks Rainbow Tie-Dye Sweats In 1st Pic Back In LA After Italy Getaway

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Jennifer Lopez doesn’t waste time getting back to what she best — looking amazing while getting from one place to the next! Fresh off her Italian getaway, the Marry Me star and brand-new bride stepped out in Los Angeles on August 8, rocking an unexpected tie-dye rainbow look! In photos, Jennifer stunned in the eye-catching ensemble, which consisted of bright sweats and a hoodie, bright-pink statement sunglasses, and oversized hoop earrings. She also carried a green Birkin bag and a cell phone. The “Jenny from The Block” icon finished off the look with a perfect pink manicure and classic Nike sneakers with neon details.

JLo’s loud look comes after she was seen wearing a breezy blue outfit for a gorgeous photoshoot on a yacht in Capri, Italy. But she’s also been throwing out bridal vibes with stunning white looks, among other fashion statements, ever since her surprise July 16th nuptials to Ben Affleck in Las Vegas.

She surprised and delighted fans by rocking a wedding dress from an “old movie” for the ceremony, and later revealing that she legally took Ben’s last name — she’s now Jennifer Lynne Affleck. Bennifer 2.0 spent a little time apart after their leisurely European family-style honeymoon, with Jennifer staying in Europe for work, and Ben returning to Los Angeles.

A source close to Jen told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY last week that the time apart certainly hasn’t undermined their new union and has in fact made their love “stronger.” Furthermore, before JLo returned to Los Angeles, the source tells HL she spent a lot of time connecting with her new hubby via phone. “They are always talking, texting, FaceTiming, and even camming when they are apart working,” they said in the exclusive comments. “And the time that they spend away from each other makes reuniting again that much better. JLo loves the fact that she knows her husband will be there for her no matter what.”

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