For the past six weeks, the world has been talking about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard‘s public defamation lawsuit. In this case, Depp is arguing that Heard defamed him (and ruined his career) by writing an op-ed about domestic abuse. Heard’s team is counter suing for $100 million and say that she didn’t name Depp in the piece, and that by calling her allegations false rumors, Heard’s career has suffered more damage than necessary.
Both legal teams have accused the other party of being physically and verbally abusive. Heard has also testified that Depp sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle. Depp later described this as “insane.”
He continued on to add, “Horrible. Ridiculous. Humiliating. Ludicrous. Painful. Savage. Unimaginably brutal, cruel, and all… false. All false. No human being is perfect, but I have never in my life committed sexual battery, physical abuse. All these outlandish, outrageous stories of me committing these things, and [I’ve been] living with it for six years and waiting to be able to bring the truth out.”
The trial has had a lot of witnesses. Some people who used to work with Depp, Kate Moss (Depp’s ex-girlfriend), Whitney Heard (Heard’s sister), and experts on different things like psychology and forensic evidence have testified.
When will the Depp v Heard verdict be announced?
Last Friday, both Depp and Heard’s teams presented their final closing arguments to the judge and jury. They took a break over the weekend so that people could have time to rest. Normally, they would come back on Monday to discuss all of the evidence that was presented. However, because it is Memorial Day weekend in America, they were given today as a break.
It is unlikely that we will hear news about the Depp v Heard verdict tomorrow. The jurors have six weeks of testimonies, audio recordings, video footage, and images to read through before making a decision.
We expect the verdict to be given sometime this week.
When making their closing arguments, Depp’s team said that Heard had given the “performance of her life” on the stand and urged the jury to give Depp “his life back”. In contrast, Heard’s legal team said Depp had subjected her to an insidious “campaign of global humiliation” and told jurors that to rule in Depp’s favour would make them an “accomplice” to his alleged abuse.
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