– End of debates at Amber Heard vs. Johnny Depp trial
After more than two hours of discussions without a decision on Friday, the jury will meet in court on Tuesday because Monday is a US holiday.
The jury retired on Friday to deliberate in the high-profile trial amid mutual allegations of domestic violence between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard in a US court that cast a harsh light on their life as a couple for six weeks .
Amber Heard’s life has “been hell” since the trial began, his attorney Elaine Bredehoft said on the last day of the court hearing in Fairfax near Washington. She asked the jury – five men and two women – to dismiss Johnny Depp’s lawsuit in order to “let her get on with her life and raise her child”.
The 58-year-old actor also wanted to “resume the course of his life,” his lawyer Camille Vasquez had previously confirmed. The judges left without a decision after more than two hours of discussion. They will return to court starting Tuesday because Monday is a public holiday in the US.
The Pirates of the Caribbean saga star is suing his ex-wife for defamation, who wrote in a 2018 column published by The Washington Post that she was “a public figure who advocates domestic violence,” sans Johnny Depp to call.
He is seeking $50 million ($48 million) in damages because he believes the platform destroyed his career and reputation. Amber Heard, who appeared primarily in Justice League and Aquaman, countered and claimed the double. In her opinion, this “futile” complaint “prolongs the abuse and harassment” that Johnny Depp subjected her to.
If the jury decides that “Amber suffered just one attack, she wins,” said one of her attorneys, Ben Rottenborn, after listing the couple’s many arguments, some of which the actress says have escalated into violence.
“Think of the message Johnny Depp and his lawyers sent to Amber and by extension to all victims of domestic violence,” he added, referring to the Washington Post platform. “This lawsuit is about much more than Johnny Depp versus Amber Heard, it’s about freedom of speech. Defend her, protect her,” he told the jury.
“The First Amendment (of the Constitution) does not protect those who lie and slander others,” Camille Vasquez replied. The actor’s lawyers denounced the ‘lies’ of Amber Heard who wanted to ‘ruin’ her ex-husband.
“Six years ago today, May 27, 2016, Amber Heard went to court and filed a fabricated domestic violence complaint,” Camille Vasquez said, saying her client was the victim, not the victim, on the contrary, violence on the part of his partner .
His other attorney, Ben Chew, recalled that “at Amber Heard, never before has a woman accused Johnny Depp of laying hands on her in 58 years, and since then no one has.” Johnny Depp “lost everything.” ” and was “deleted by Hollywood” after the column published by his ex-girlfriend, the lawyer said, because “everyone knew who (she) was talking about”. The actor “supports and believes in” the #MeToo movement, which denounces violence against women, he asserted.
Since April 11, the jury has heard dozens of hours of testimony and audio or video recordings that have revealed the shabby details of their life together, far removed from Hollywood glitz. The actress said Johnny Depp became a “monster” under the influence of an explosive cocktail of drugs and alcohol and didn’t go to rehab.
He is said to have raped her with a bottle of alcohol in March 2015, a month after their marriage, in Australia where the actor was filming Episode 5 of Pirates. That day, Johnny Depp had the end of a finger severed and he was hospitalized. He claims it’s because of the shine from a bottle thrown by Amber Heard. She says he injured himself.
After leaving him in May 2016, she said she became the target of a social media smear campaign that wiped out her career. Since the trial began, she has been “harassed,” broadcast live on television, and has received “thousands” of death threats, she says. Johnny Depp has the support of hundreds of fans cheering him on in court every day.
The comedian lost his first lawsuit for defamation in London in 2020 against the tabloid “The Sun”, which described him as an “abusive husband”. The two actors, who divorced in 2017, say they’ve each lost between $40 million and $50 million in royalties since The Tribune was published.
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