The verdict has been delivered in Johnny Depp and Amber Heard‘s defamation trial in Virginia.
After six weeks of testimony, the seven-person jury has delivered their verdict to Judge Penney Azcarate, who asked for more detail. The jury has been asked for more detail, and are now on a break. No concluding outcome has been publicized yet.
The verdict was delivered in a Fairfax, Virginia courtroom about 3pm on Wednesday (5am on Thursday AEST) after the jury had been deliberating for more than 12 hours over three days.
Heard was present but Depp was not inside the courtroom for the verdict, having played at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday night alongside Jeff Beck, his second performance this week.
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What you need to know about the case
Depp and Heard met in 2011 while filming The Rum Diary and married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized about two years later.
Depp, 58, sued Heard in Virginia in the United States for $US50 million ($69.7 million) and argued that she defamed him when she called herself “a public figure representing domestic abuse” in an opinion piece in the Washington Post.
He was not mentioned by name in the piece, but Depp’s lawyers argued that it was clear she was referring to Depp, given that she had publicly accused him of domestic violence during their 2016 divorce proceedings.
Heard’s lawyers said most of the article focused on public policy on domestic violence and that she had a First Amendment right to weigh in on that subject. They also maintained that Depp did in fact abuse Heard. Depp has denied all accusations of abuse.
Heard, 36, countersued for $US100 million ($139.4 million), saying Depp smeared her when his lawyer called her accusations a “hoax”.
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Jurors and audiences worldwide have listened to recordings of the couple’s fights, heard explicit and disturbing claims from both sides, and seen graphic photos, including one of Depp’s bloody fingerand a social media storm has closely followed each day in court.
After closing arguments on May 27, Judge Azcarate handed the case over to the seven-person jury.
“You must not base your verdict in any way on sympathy, bias guesswork, or speculation,” Judge Azcarate told jurors.
“Your verdict must be based solely upon the evidence and instructions of the court. Your verdict must be based on the facts as you find them and on the law that you find in all of these instructions.”
The Washington Post was not a defendant in the trial.
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