- Johnny Depp's legal team wanted to include a teenage speeding ticket of Amber Heard's as evidence in their defamation trial.
- Newly unsealed court documents revealed that Heard's legal team requested it be struck from evidence as "irrelevant."
- The traffic violations didn't come up at the trial, where the jury largely sided with Depp.
Johnny Depp's legal team wanted to include a speeding ticket from when Amber Heard was a teenager as evidence in his defamation trial against his ex-wife, newly unsealed court documents revealed.
According to court documents obtained and posted online by Washington defense attorney Andrea Burkhart, Depp had cross-examined Heard's sister, Whitney Heard Henriquez, about Heard allegedly driving on a suspended license and getting a speeding ticket when she was a minor.
The documents said that Depp never questioned Heard about these matters.
Heard's legal team argued that such details shouldn't be included as evidence in the trial because "these driving violations were when Ms. Heard was a minor, and even then, are neither felonies nor 'misdemeanors involving moral turpitude,'" the documents said.
The lawyers said the evidence should be excluded as "irrelevant" to the trial at hand.
"Whether Ms. Heard had speeding tickets as a minor and drove on a suspended license as a minor have no bearing on whether Ms. Heard is lying about whether Mr. Depp committed domestic abuse of her, and the prejudice far outweighs any potential relevance," the documents said.
The legal records manager at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia confirmed to Insider that the unsealed court records posted online were legitimate.
The traffic violations were not brought up at the trial, in which Heard countersued Depp for defamation as well. The jury found both sides liable for defamation but largely sided with Depp, awarding him a larger multi-million dollar penalty.