Depp’s lawyer accuses Heard of faking tears in ‘execution of his life’
The jury in the libel trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard resumed deliberations on Tuesday after a three-day weekend.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million for suggesting he abused her in 2018 Washington Post editorial. Although she did not name him, he says her allegations have impacted his ability to work. She is pursuing a $100 million counterclaim.
During closing arguments on Friday, Depp’s attorneys asked jurors to “return her life” after she was “ruined” by Heard’s domestic violence allegations. They alleged Heard would rather fight than let the actor go, called her claims an act of profound cruelty to true survivors and said she gave the performance of her life on the helm.
In their conclusion, Heard’s attorneys said a ruling in favor of Depp would make jurors an “accomplice” to his abuse and “campaign of global humiliation,” and called the actor “laughing” and “sarcastic comments” during closing arguments, adding that he had pledged to “blame the victim in its most disgusting form”.
Depp’s team filed a denied motion on Tuesday to strike out part of Heard’s closing, which asked jurors to consider the “message” a ruling against her would send to other abuse victims.
A seven-person jury was appointed for this case.
According Court Televisionthe jurors include five men and two women, with two alternate jurors remaining on standby if any of the main class members are fired or have to step down.
Clemence MichallonMay 31, 2022 10:45 p.m.
Why does Depp’s team want to undo part of Heard’s shutdown?
Depp’s attorneys raised concerns about an “inappropriate argument” in Heard’s closing statement in a filing in Fairfax County District Court on Tuesday as the jury deliberated for a second day in the case of Depp. defamation of the couple.
They asked a judge to strike the argument from the record, order the jury to disregard it and revise the special verdict form.
The Independents Megan Sheets explains:
Megan SheetsMay 31, 2022 10:20 p.m.
A lawsuit by TikTok and the death knell of MeToo
As Johnny Depp and Amber Heard rest their cases in the multimillion-dollar libel lawsuit, it’s now up to the jury to decide the verdict.
In a case where both ex-spouses have made serious domestic violence allegations against each other and tens of millions of dollars are at stake, social media has increasingly hijacked the proceedings.
The online obsession prompts a troubling question: Does the verdict really matter?
Clemence MichallonMay 31, 2022 10:10 p.m.
What did Amber Heard do Washington Post op-ed actually says?
The current legal case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard revolves around an opinion piece Heard wrote in 2018 for The Washington Post, titled: “I spoke out against sexual violence — and I faced the wrath of our culture. This must change.
Mr Depp sued Ms Heard, his ex-wife, for alleged defamation over the article. Although Mr. Depp has not been named, he says his claims that the play made it difficult for him to land film roles.
Clemence MichallonMay 31, 2022 9:40 p.m.
Johnny Depp’s lawyers seek to strike out part of Amber Heard’s team’s closing arguments
Johnny Depp’s legal team has asked the court to strike out part of Amber Heard’s team’s closing arguments.
The objection was filed on Tuesday (May 31) as the jury continued to deliberate.
She calls the statement in question “inappropriate” and asks that the jury be ordered to disregard it.
The remarks were made on Friday (May 27), when a lawyer for Ms Heard told the jury his decision would send a message to “all victims of domestic abuse everywhere”.
The objection highlights further remarks in which Ms Heard’s lawyer said a decision against Ms Heard would show that ‘as a victim of abuse you always have to do more’.
Mr Depp’s legal team argues that the remarks “mistakenly invite the jury to focus on a larger social purpose beyond the [case].”
The document also includes a motion asking for corrections to be made to the verdict form that jurors were instructed to use to present their decision.
The court’s decision has yet to be announced. The memorandum in support of the objection can be consulted here.
Clemence MichallonMay 31, 2022 9:31 p.m.
Elon Musk intervenes in Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against Amber Heard
Elon Musk has weighed in on the controversial lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, saying that “I hope they both move on. At best, they’re all amazing.”
Final arguments in the libel trial between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard took place on Friday. The jury will return on Tuesday to deliberate.
Report by Gustaf Kilander and Rachel Sharp:
Clemence MichallonMay 31, 2022 9:10 p.m.
What happens next in Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit against Amber Heard?
Johnny Depp, 58, is suing Amber Heard, 35, for $50m (£40m) over an opinion piece she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she discussed domestic violence and experiencing “the full force of our culture’s anger for women speaking out.”
Although Ms Heard did not name her ex-husband in the article in question, Mr Depp’s legal team argues that readers were likely to assume that he was the person responsible for the ordeal to which she was alluding to and claimed that the article lost their client. on lucrative film roles following its release.
The trial concluded on Friday, May 27 when attorneys for both sides made their closing statements, after which the jury was asked to retire, deliberate and return a verdict on whether, on the preponderance probabilities, Ms. Heard had defamed Mr. Depp in the Job item in the center of the case.
Joe Sommerlad reports on the next steps:
Clemence MichallonMay 31, 2022 8:40 p.m.
How the Verdict Sheet for Amber Heard’s Countersuit Works
Similarly, jurors are asked to complete the rest of the verdict form (or verdict sheet) to express their decision on Amber Heard’s counterclaims.
Here too, the jury is invited to provide answers concerning three assertions.
If they find in favor of Ms. Heard on the three declarations, the jurors are then invited to indicate the amounts of compensatory and punitive damages that they wish to award her.
Clemence MichallonMay 31, 2022 8:10 p.m.
How the verdict will be presented
The jury will announce its verdict thanks to a verdict sheet to be completed.
The eight-page verdict sheet was shared by the Fairfax County Courthouse as the jury deliberates.
He’s asking the jury to rule on the three statements behind Johnny Depp’s allegations against Amber Heard.
If they find in favor of Mr. Depp on the three statements, the jurors are then asked to indicate the amounts of compensatory and punitive damages, if any, that they wish to award him.
The verdict form can be consulted here.
Clemence MichallonMay 31, 2022 7:40 p.m.
The jury asks whether to consider only the title or the entire editorial
The jury asked whether they should consider only the title of Ms. Heard’s editorial or the entire text of the article in their deliberations.
“I think the confusion came in this particular one because the statement in question is the title of the editorial. So I think they’re just confused if it’s the whole editorial or just the title like statement,” Judge Penney Azcarate said Tuesday.
“And clearly the title is the statement, so I was going to respond that the title is the statement in question,” she added.
Gustaf KilanderMay 31, 2022 7:12 p.m.