Fairfax, Virginia – The second day of deliberations has begun for the jury in the defamation case against Johnny Depp & Amber Heard.
Depp brought a lawsuit against Heard. Heard, his ex-wife was accused of defamation over an opinion piece published in The Washington Post in 2018. It was titled “I spoke out against sexual harassment.”
Depp sued Heard, his ex-wife, to defend herself from defamation claims. She was defending herself against defamation claims stemming from an opinion piece she published in The Washington Post in 2018. It was entitled: “I spoke out against sexual violence and was subjected to the wrath of society.” This must be changed. Depp claimed that his claims made him unable to get film roles, even though he was not mentioned in the article.
Heard her counter-sue her ex-husband accusing her of conducting a “smear camp” against her, and describing her suit as an extension of “abuse & harassment.”
Depp demanded damages of $50 million. Heard demanded $100 million in damages and immunity from Depp’s claims.
On April 11, Depp’s lawsuit was brought to trial. Six weeks of evidence provided a disturbing picture of the relationship. Jurors had the opportunity to hear testimony from actors and other witnesses who were intimate with the couple.
Last Thursday, 27 May, both sides presented final arguments before the case was turned over to the jury. The debate lasted around two hours before they broke up for the three-day weekend. Wednesday, 31 May, is the first day for debate.
Here’s the future:
When will the decision be made?
Jurors were told to take a break after the closing arguments to deliberate and then come up with an opinion on whether or not Heard had defamed Depp in the Washington Post article at the core of the trial.
Heard will be ordered by the jury to pay Depp $50m. However, Depp could be awarded more or less compensation if he believes she committed the crime.
Even if the victim didn’t receive the amount he sought for damages, His legal team will praise the outcome as a vindication and declare that their client is now rehabilitated.
If the jury rules in favor of Ms. Heard, Depp will not get anything. A judge could order Depp to pay his ex-wife $100 million to settle her lawsuit.
Jurors could decide whether the number is too high or low and recommend a reduction.
Given the amount of evidence presented, it is difficult to predict how long it will take for Depp to address his allegations of defamation.
After deliberations begin on 27 May, jurors will have a three-day vacation in memory of Memorial Day. They will resume on Monday, May 31, however.