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Johnny Depp LIVE trial outcome: Jury returns verdict in Amber Heard libel case

Depp’s lawyer accuses Heard of faking tears in ‘execution of his life’

The jury in the libel trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has delivered its verdict on the third day of deliberations.

Depp sued Heard for $50 million for suggesting he abused her in 2018 Washington Post editorial. Although she did not name him, he says her allegations have impacted his ability to work. She is pursuing a $100 million counterclaim.

During closing arguments on Friday, Depp’s attorneys asked jurors to “return her life” after she was “ruined” by Heard’s domestic violence allegations. They alleged Heard would rather fight than let the actor go, called her claims an act of profound cruelty to true survivors and said she gave the performance of her life on the helm.

In their conclusion, Heard’s attorneys said a ruling in Depp’s favor would make jurors an “accomplice” to his abuse and “global humiliation campaign,” and called the actor “laughing” and “sarcastic comments” during closing arguments, adding that he had pledged to “blame the victim in its most disgusting form”.

Depp’s team filed a denied motion on Tuesday to strike out part of Heard’s closing, which asked jurors to consider the “message” a ruling against her would send to other abuse victims.

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Commentary: Johnny Depp is proof that men accused of abuse never suffer the same lifelong consequences as survivors

As the jury deliberates in the Depp v Heard libel trial, Emmie Harrison-West asks why high profile men who face allegations have a special place in the limelight.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 1, 2022 7:20 p.m.

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“Your presence shows where your priorities are”

Regarding Johnny Depp’s absence from court, a spokesperson for Amber Heard said:

“Your presence shows where your priorities are. Johnny Depp plays guitar in the UK while Amber Heard awaits a verdict in Virginia. Depp takes his sneer and lack of seriousness on tour.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 1, 2022 7:09 p.m.

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Johnny Depp v Amber Heard judge and staff applauded in court

The judge and court staff who testified for six weeks in the libel trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard received a round of applause as the jury finally began deliberations on the case.

The Fairfax County, Va., courtroom witnessed a rare moment of levity — and agreement between the ex-spouses’ legal teams — on Friday, May 27, as they expressed their thanks to the judge Penney Azcarat.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 1, 2022 7:02 p.m.

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Johnny Depp will not be present for the verdict

Johnny Depp will not be present for the verdict reading as he is still in the UK.

A source close to Mr Depp said: “Due to previously scheduled work commitments made prior to trial, Mr Depp will not be physically present for today’s verdict at 3pm and will be watching from the UK. United.”

Olivier O’ConnellJune 1, 2022 6:49 p.m.

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BREAKING: The jury returns its verdict

The jury has returned a verdict in the libel lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

The court in Fairfax, Va., issued an alert Wednesday afternoon that the verdict would be read in court at 3 p.m. after about 12 hours of deliberation.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 1, 2022 6:35 p.m.

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Amber Heard’s testimony on Johnny Depp

WARNING: This article contains allegations of physical and sexual abuse that some readers may find distressing.

Amber Heard spent several days on the witness stand in the defamation lawsuit brought against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp, telling jurors about the abuse she claims she suffered at his hands.

She began on May 4 by explaining how they met and fell in love, before sharing several allegations of physical abuse and sexual assault over a further three days on the stand.

Here is what we learned from Ms. Heard’s testimony:

Olivier O’ConnellJune 1, 2022 6:15 p.m.

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Johnny Depp’s testimony on Amber Heard

Johnny Depp testified for nearly four days in his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, seeking to convince the jury that he had not abused her and was in fact a victim of her abuse.

Mr. Depp first spoke on Tuesday, April 19, and then continued to testify daily until the end of Thursday, April 21. The procedure was interrupted on Friday April 22, then during the weekend, and resumed on April 25 with the continuation of the testimony of Mr. Depp. He then returned to the stand for his rebuttal on May 25.

Here is what we learned during his time as a witness:

Olivier O’ConnellJune 1, 2022 5:45 p.m.

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Johnny Depp asks jurors to “give him back his life”

Johnny Depp’s lawyers have pleaded with jurors to ‘give her her life back’ after she was ‘ruined’ by Amber Heard’s domestic abuse allegations as closing arguments began on Friday (May 27).

Mr Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, told the jury that the evidence had shown that Ms Heard was “the abuser” and that Mr Depp was “abused” during their tumultuous relationship, saying that the “good Mr Depp’s reputation’ and his ‘life’ were at stake as they deliver their verdict.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 1, 2022 5:15 p.m.

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Amber Heard’s attorney says ruling in favor of Johnny Depp would turn jurors into ‘accomplices’

Amber Heard’s attorney told jurors a ruling in Johnny Depp’s favor would make them an ‘accomplice’ to his abuse and ‘global campaign of humiliation’ as the case neared its end. dramatic end Friday, May 27.

Attorney Benjamin Rottenborn gave closing statements in court in Fairfax, Virginia, where he warned that Mr Depp’s argument that he was not abusive towards Ms Heard sent a ‘message’ to survivors of domestic violence all over the world.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 1, 2022 4:45 p.m.