Johnny Depp's defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard is closing after Friday's final arguments. After six weeks of scathing and scandalous testimony from both sides, jury deliberations have begun in the trial.
There is no clear winner in this case, although many believe that the whole affair drew praise from the audience for Depp. But the jury doesn't have online opinions, but testimony and evidence. It is not open and closed at this time.
|When will the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial be decided|
For those looking for the end of the trial, it won't come before the Memorial Day holiday. The jury was sent home around 5 pm for the long weekend. Local time and won't go back until after the holiday.
On Friday, both sides presented emotional arguments on behalf of their clients. Not only will the jury have to decide the outcome in Depp's case against Heard, but they will also address a $100 million countersuit filed on comments made by Depp's former attorney, Adam Waldman.
Heard, with the support of his team, does his best to prove that Depp has leveled abuses against him over the years during their marriage, sometimes accusing the actor during testimony. Depp has stood by his claim that Heard was the abuser, with many in his favor claiming that the actress was responsible for the "abuse fraud".
"Today, May 27, 2022 ... We ask you to give Mr. Depp his life back by telling the world that Mr. Depp is not the abuser. Ms. Heard said he is and Ms. Heard was told his lies to hold accountable for," Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez told the jury on Friday.
Heard's defense closed when, led by Benjamin Rottenborn, Depp's legal team claimed that the actress faked her evidence and was "victim-guilty." The lawyer told the court, "The facts are full of abuse. Once in a while, that's all you have to remember." "Mr. Depp can't prove to you that he never abused Amber. ... A verdict here against Amber sends a message that whatever you do as a victim of abuse, you will always have to do more."
The Washington Post op-ed with Heard's byline at the center of the matter did not explicitly name Depp. But judging by their high-profile divorce and comments made in emails with the ACLU, it looks like Heard is speaking out about his ex's alleged behavior.