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Martin Adam Pavlík
May 31, 2022, 11:40am
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Johnny Depp Vs. Amber Heard: When Can We Expect A Verdict?

Closing arguments were made on Friday, and now, it is all in the hands of the jury. How much time do they have to make a decision?

Martin Adam Pavlík
May 31, 2022, 11:40am
Reading time: 1:19
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The trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in Virginia, USA, which began in April 11, ended on Friday, May 27. The actor sued his ex-wife for defamation of character after he lost the trial in Britain. If he wins, Amber Heard will have to pay him up to $ 50 million. However, the actress filed a counterclaim - same as him, for defamation. She is suing the actor for $ 100 million.

 

The process was broadcast live over the Internet, making it one of the most watched cases in recent years. As a result, the public has split into two camps, the Pirates of the Caribbean star no doubt having a larger crowd of fans. According to Sky News, several emotional speeches were made during the closing arguments on Friday.

 

"For Mr. Depp, this case has never been about money ... It's about Mr. Depp's reputation and his release from the prison in which he has lived in for the last six years," said Depp's lawyer Benjamin Chew, meaning the word prison, of course, metaphorically. Hollywood turned it's back on the actor and he lost several projects. "We ask you to give him back his name, reputation and career," Chew added.

 

"There is an assaulter in this courtroom, but it's not Mr. Depp. And there is a victim of domestic violence in this courtroom, but it is not Mrs. Heard," said Camille Vasquez, another lawyer of Johnny Depp, before the jury. However, according to Benjamin Rottenborn, who represents Amber Heard, Depp's lawsuit was not about the actor's reputation, but was part of an ongoing defamation campaign that Depp launched after Heard filed for divorce.

 

What interests us all most at the moment is when we can expect a jury verdict. As Inews writes, Judge Penney Azcarate said, the seven-member jury and the two alternates have no time limit to discuss their decision. This means that the verdict may come today, but could just as easily happen anytime in the next couple of days.

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