The jury in the bombshell defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will resume deliberations Tuesday morning after a three-day hiatus for Memorial Day weekend.
The seven-member panel, which spent just two hours deliberating on Friday, is scheduled to reconvene around 9 a.m. at the Fairfax, Va., courthouse to further weigh evidence they have heard over the past six weeks.
Depp, 58, is suing his ex-wife for $50 million in defamation over her 2018 essay in The Washington Post, in which she wrote about addressing the “anger of our culture” as a “person of public life that depicts domestic violence.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star says that although the play didn’t name him, it tarnished his reputation and cost him eight figures in potential earnings.
Heard, 36, fired back with a $100 million counterclaim, claiming Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, ruined her career and made her life hell by telling the press in 2020 that she had her domestic violence allegations invented.
The jury must decide who defamed whom and could rule in favor of either, neither, or even both.
Depp flew to England shortly after the argument concluded on Friday and joined rocker friend Jeff Beck, 77, on the stage at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday to perform covers of John Lennon’s “Isolation”, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and Jimi to perform Hendrix’s “Little Wing”.
Two days earlier, Depp’s attorney told the jury that the actor was the true victim of domestic violence in his previous relationship with Heard.
“There is an abuser in this courtroom, but it is not Mr. Depp,” Camille Vasquez said in her closing statement. “Miss Heard is indeed the abuser and Mr. Depp is the abused.”
Heard fabricated the abuse allegations because she is a “deeply concerned person” who is desperate for attention, Vasquez claimed.
She asked the jury, “Mr. To give Depp his life back by telling the world that Mr. Depp is not the abuser that Miss Heard has claimed and to hold Miss Heard accountable for her lies.”
After Depp’s team was done, Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, told the jury, “If Amber was molested by Mr. Depp just once, then she wins.
“And we’re not just talking about physical abuse,” he said. It also included “emotional abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse.”
He argued that Depp’s true self was revealed in court by the vulgar texts he sent about his wife fantasizing about her “decaying corpse”.
“Ladies and gentlemen, those words are a window into the heart and mind of America’s favorite pirate,” the attorney said.
It’s unclear how long the jury will deliberate and if, and how much, it will award each party.
Her decision will mark the end of the doomed relationship between Depp and Heard that has haunted the public for more than a decade.
The couple met in 2009 while filming the theatrical adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary, in which Depp plays a journalist who takes a job in Puerto Rico and falls in love with Heard’s character.
They both met at the time but got back together as single in 2012 and started dating.
Depp proposed to Heard in 2014 and they married in early 2015 in a ceremony on Depp’s private island in the Bahamas.
Heard filed for divorce in May 2016 and petitioned the court for a restraining order against Depp.
“Our relationship has been very passionate and sometimes volatile, but always bound by love,” the two said in a joint statement released after the divorce. “Neither party lied or made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent to cause physical or emotional harm.”
But their relationship didn’t end there. Heard has claimed she was sexually, physically and emotionally abused by Depp.
Depp previously sued the British publication The Sun for defamation after an article they called him a “wife beater”.
He lost his court case in the UK – where it’s arguably easier to win a defamation case than in the US – and his current fight in Virginia was widely viewed as his last chance to reinvigorate his legacy and recover from abuse allegations.
Depp, who has always denied the allegations, told the court in commenting that he sued Heard to “clear my name.”
Heard, meanwhile, said the suit had haunted her and she wanted to leave it all in the past.
“That’s awful. This is painful. And that’s humbling for everyone,” she said in her final statement to the jury last week.
“At the harassment and humiliation, the campaign against me that echoes on social media every day. And now in front of cameras in this room. I have to relive the trauma every day,” she cried.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/31/jury-in-depp-heard-trial-to-resume-deliberations-tuesday-morning/ Jury in Depp, Heard trial to resume deliberations Tuesday morning