FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — After a lurid six-week trial, a jury has resumed deliberations to settle defamation charges Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard in their unstable and unhappy marriage.
A seven-person civil jury heard closing arguments on Friday and deliberated for about two hours before leaving the long Memorial Day weekend. Jurors resumed deliberations in Fairfax County Circuit Court just after 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Depp is suing Hurd for $50 million, accusing her of defaming him in an op-ed published in 2018 and calling herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Hurd filed a $100 million countersuit against the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star after his lawyers called her allegations a hoax. Each blamed the other for ruining their careers.
The testimony contained a series of lurid details about their short-lived marriage. Heard testified that Depp physically or sexually assaulted her more than a dozen times. In his testimony, Depp testified that he never hit Heard, that she fabricated allegations of abuse, and that she was the one who physically assaulted him multiple times.
In the final argument, both sides told the jury that a verdict in their favor would bring their client back to life.