Amber Heard-Johnny Depp Trial

Amber Heard says Johnny Depp jury deliberations will resume

Actor Johnny Depp gestures as he leaves the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse following his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., May 27, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Tuesday, jurors deliberating opposing claims filed by Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will reconvene to determine whether either star was defamed and entitled to millions of dollars in damages.

The 58-year-old "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor Depp sued his ex-wife Heard in Virginia for $50 million, claiming she defamed him when she referred to herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse" in a newspaper op-ed.

Heard, 36, countersued for $100 million, alleging that Depp's attorney slandered her by calling her allegations a "hoax."

The seven-person jury deliberated for around two hours on Friday before adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the United States.

Depp has denied hurting Heard or any other woman, stating that she was the aggressor in their relationship.

At the center of the legal dispute is Heard's December 2018 Washington Post opinion post, in which she made the domestic violence statement. Although Depp was not mentioned by name in the piece, his attorney told the jury that it was apparent that Heard was referring to him.

Attorneys for Heard contended that she had expressed the truth and that her statements were protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

In February 2015, Depp and Heard wed after meeting in 2011 while filming "The Rum Diary" Their divorce was finalized around two years after their separation.

During the six-week trial, jurors heard recordings of the couple's disputes and viewed gruesome photographs of Depp's bleeding finger. In 2015, Heard allegedly cut the tip of his finger when he hurled a vodka bottle at him.

Heard denied hurting Depp's finger and claimed Depp sexually attacked her with a liquor bottle on that same evening. She stated that she had just struck him to defend herself or her sister.

The testimony was widely livestreamed on social media, attracting big viewers interested in the couple's tumultuous relationship.

Once one of Hollywood's top performers, Depp claimed that Heard's accusations had lost him "everything." A new "Pirates" film was put on hold, and Depp was replaced in the "Fantastic Beasts" spinoff "Harry Potter" film franchise.

Less than two years ago, Depp lost a libel case against the Sun, a British tabloid that called him a "wife beater." A London High Court judge concluded that he had assaulted Heard on multiple occasions.

Because the Washington Post is printed in Fairfax County, Virginia, Depp's attorneys filed the U.S. complaint there. The newspaper is not a party to the case.

Publish : 2022-05-31 19:53:00

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