The jury of the trial between the actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, who accuse each other of defamation, has reached a unanimous decision this Wednesday, as announced by the court. The seven members of the jury – five men and two women – began deliberating on Friday, at the end of six weeks of testimony in the court of Fairfax, a small town near Washington. The verdict will be issued at 15:00 local time (19:00 GMT).
When everything seemed that it was going to be resolved, the judge asked the jury to return to his premises and complete the paperwork in which he suggests compensatory and punitive damages. Therefore, the court is in recess again, although the judge has asked those present in court “not to go too far”, which makes one suspect that the recess will not last too long.
The star of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean saga sues Heard for defamation for a column published by the Washington Post in 2018 in which she defined herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence.” She did not name Johnny Depp, who is seeking $50 million in damages because she claims it has destroyed her career and reputation.
Amber Heard, one of the actresses from ‘Justice League’ and ‘Aquaman’, counterattacked asking for double. The 36-year-old actress claims to have exercised her right to freedom of expression by writing that column.
Following an argument in May 2016 during which Johnny Depp allegedly threw a phone in her face, she filed for divorce citing domestic violence after just over a year of marriage.
Since April 11, the jury has heard dozens of hours of testimony and audio or video recordings that have revealed lurid details of their lives between 2011 and 2016, which have little to do with the glamor of Hollywood.
The actress said that Johnny Depp became a “monster” under the influence of drugs and alcohol and that he was not in detoxification treatment. According to her, Johnny Depp‘s complaint is “futile” and prolongs “the abuse and harassment” that she claims to have suffered from him. Heard accuses a former attorney of the actor of defaming her by telling the press that her domestic violence claims were “false.”
But the 58-year-old actor said he never raised his hand to a woman and that she was the violent one. The actor has already lost a first libel suit in London in 2020 against the tabloid The Sun, which called him a “violent husband”. The two actors claim to have each lost between 40 and 50 million dollars since the publication of the column.