Jury enters deliberations in Johnny Depp, Amber Heard case

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Jury enters deliberations in Johnny Depp, Amber Heard case

Actor Johnny Depp leaves Fairfax County Courthouse at some level of a wreck at some level of his trial against actress Amber Heard in Fairfax, Va., on April 13. File Photo by Bonnie Money/UPI | License Photo

Would possibly perhaps possibly 27 (UPI) — A Fairfax County, Va., jury began deliberations Friday within the defamation trial between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard after about six weeks of testimony and accusations of abuse from every.

The seven-person panel began discussions after loads of hours of closing arguments, The Washington Post reported.

Depp sued Heard, his ex-wife, after she wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post in 2018 announcing she used to be a survivor of home abuse. Though she didn’t title Depp as her abuser within the article, Depp argued it’s clear she used to be relating to him after obtaining a transient-term restraining explain against him at some level of their 2016 divorce court cases.

Heard countersued Depp for $100 million after the latter’s attorney acknowledged her abuse allegations were faux.

In closing arguments Friday, Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, acknowledged Heard abused Depp and staged photos to design it seem as although the Pirates of the Caribbean actor bodily abused her.

“On the novel time, on Would possibly perhaps possibly 27, 2022 … we interrogate you to offer Mr. Depp his existence assist by telling the field that Mr. Depp is no longer the abuser Ms. Heard acknowledged he is and build Ms. Heard accountable for her lies,” Vasquez told the jury.

Benjamin Rottenborn, Heard’s criminal expert, acknowledged Depp verbally, emotionally and bodily abused the Aquaman neatly-known person. He accused Depp’s group of sufferer-blaming, NBC News reported.

“The facts are completely overwhelming of abuse. One time, that is all you’d like to construct in mind,” Rottenborn acknowledged. “Mr. Depp merely can’t point out to you that he by no come once abused Amber. … A ruling against Amber right here sends a message that no topic what you design as an abuse sufferer, you the least bit times must design extra.”

The jury did no longer attain a verdict by discontinue of industry Friday and were brushed aside for the weekend. They’re due to resume deliberations Tuesday after the Monday Memorial Day vacation.

In 2020, Depp lost a libel lawsuit against the parent company of The Sun newspaper after the tabloid known as him a “wife-beater” within the headline.