Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Trial: Closing Words In Progress

FAIRFAX, Va. – After six weeks of grueling and often harrowing testimony, the jury began hearing closing arguments in the defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard on Friday morning.

“There is an abuser in this courtroom, but it’s not Mr. Depp,” his attorney Camille Vasquez said.

Depp, 58, is suing Heard for $50 million over her 2018 Washington Post essay, in which she wrote about being a “public figure who depicts domestic violence,” the “anger of our.” Culture” was exposed. He said although the play didn’t give his name, it tarnished his reputation and cost him eight figures in potential earnings.

Heard fired back with a $100 million counterclaim, arguing that Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman’s 2020 statements that she fabricated her domestic violence allegations destroyed her career and made her life hell had.

Amber Heard in court on Friday.
Amber Heard in court on Friday.
Attorney Benjamin Chew and Johnny Depp hug.
Attorney Benjamin Chew and Johnny Depp hug.
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Judge Penney Azcarate gave each side two hours to wrap up the seemingly endless testimony, which took the jury on a tour of the doomed couple’s relationship, traversing continents, film sets and Depp’s entire homes.


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Vasquez insisted that Heard ruined Depp’s life “by falsely telling the world she was a survivor of domestic violence at the hands of Mr. Depp.”

“The mountain of evidence that Mr Depp abused Ms Heard is just not there. What we have is a mountain of unproven claims that are wild, exaggerated and implausible,” Vasquez told the jury.

Mr. Depp is no saint and he never claimed to be one," Chew told the court.
“Mr. Depp is not a saint and he never claimed to be one,” Chew told the court.
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Johnny Depp watches the closing arguments.
Johnny Depp watches the closing arguments.
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“And you don’t get to choose which of these wild allegations to believe and which to ignore,” she added.

“Either you believe everything or you don’t. Either Mr Depp sexually assaulted Ms Heard with a bottle in Australia, or Ms Heard got into the stands in front of you all and made up this horrific story of abuse.”

Heard’s team has yet to make their closing statements.

Johnny Depp is observing the proceedings on Friday.
Johnny Depp is observing the proceedings on Friday.
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“There is an abuser in this courtroom, but it’s not Mr. Depp,” Vasquez said.
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After Vasquez finished her part of the closing arguments, she turned it over to her colleague Ben Chew, who began to summarize Depp’s difficult childhood in Kentucky and his rise to worldwide fame while struggling with substance abuse.

“Mr. Depp is not a saint and he never claimed to be one,” Chew told the court. “He made mistakes in his life, as do we all.”

“He’s struggled with drugs and alcohol … but he’s not a violent offender. He is not an abuser as Ms Heard claims and he does not deserve to have his life and legacy destroyed by [a] malicious lie.”

Benjamin Chew delivers his closing remarks.
Benjamin Chew delivers his closing remarks.
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The jury begins deliberating on Friday afternoon.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/27/johnny-depp-amber-heard-trial-closing-statements-underway/ Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Trial: Closing Words In Progress

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