The defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is ending. The two sides presented their closing arguments, and now the jury has begun deliberating the verdict. Who is telling the truth?
On Friday morning, the actors’ lawyers had the last opportunity to summarize the accusations and evidence presented in the trial, which began on April 11 in Fairfax, VA. Johnny Depp is seeking $50 million in compensation from his ex for allegedly defaming him in an article in The Washington Post. He claimed to have been a victim of domestic violence, although he did not mention names.
Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim in which she says she was only violent with the actor in self-defense or to defend her little sister and accuses him of damaging her career.
In its closing argument, Johnny Depp’s defense argued that the actress falsely suggests that she was a victim of abuse and domestic violence alongside the Pirates of the Caribbean protagonist.
“Either they believe everything or they don’t believe anything,” said the actor’s lawyer Camille Vásquez. “Either she’s a victim of real appalling abuse or she’s a woman who’s willing to say anything.”
Vasquez accused the 36-year-old actress of being cruel with her actions and statements against her ex-husband, who loved her deeply.
“[He came] to this court prepared to give the best performance of his life, and he did,” the lawyer said.
For his part, the lawyer of the Aquaman actress said that most of the witnesses of the famous actor were on his payroll, so it was expected that they would testify on his behalf.
“If you abused her only once, Amber wins,” attorney Ben Rottenborn told the jury.
After closing arguments, the judge instructed the jury about the deliberation process and reminded them that the verdict must be unanimous based on the evidence. The jury must reach an agreement before returning to the judge.
His decision is eagerly awaited by the millions of viewers worldwide who have followed the case in detail through its digital broadcast.
“No human being is perfect, certainly not. None of us. But I have never committed sexual abuse, physical abuse, or all these strange, outrageous stories that have been told about me.
I’ve wanted the truth to be known for six years,” the actor said during his testimony. “I know this is not easy for any of us. I know.”
The actress, for her part, stated that every day she relives the trauma she allegedly suffered at the hands of the actor.
“It might be easy to forget that, but I’m a human being,” she said through tears. “I am being harassed, humiliated, threatened every day.
Even just for the sake of walking into this court, sitting here in front of the world and seeing that the worst parts of my life, the things I’ve lived through, are used to humiliate me.”
The couple met in the film The Rum Diary set in 2009 and began dating three years later. Around the same time, the actor ended his long relationship with actress Vanessa Paradis.
In 2015 the actors got married, but Heard filed for divorce and filed a restraining order. The actor has redundantly denied committing any abuse against his ex-wife.