Depp sued Hurd for $50 million in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she called herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse,” claiming it cost him his job. Hurd has filed a $100 million countersuit for defamation.
“On May 27, 2016, Ms. Heard walked into a courthouse in Los Angeles, California to obtain a non-notice, ex parte restraining order against Mr. Depp, and in doing so, by falsely telling the world that she was A survivor of domestic abuse under Mr Depp,” Vasquez said. “Today, May 27, 2022, exactly six years later, we ask you to bring Mr. Depp back to life by telling the world that Mr. Depp is not an abuser. Ms. Heard said he was an abuser, and hold Ms Heard accountable for her lies.”
Heard’s lawyers, Elaine Bredehoft and Ben Rottenborn, also delivered closing statements to jurors.
“The Amber ruling here sends the message that whatever you do as a victim of abuse, you always need to do more,” Rottenborn said. “Whatever you document, you always have to document more. No matter who you tell, you always have to tell more people. No matter how honest you are about your imperfections and your shortcomings in a relationship, you need to be perfect and make people believe in you. Don’t send that message.”
Rottenborn added that there was “overwhelming” evidence that Depp abused Heard.
Jurors heard 45 minutes of rebuttal closing arguments before starting their deliberations.
Judge Penney Azcarate gave jurors deliberation instructions at the start of the day.
“You must never make a ruling based on sympathy, biased guesswork or guesswork in any way,” Azkarat said. “Your judgment must be based solely on the court’s evidence and directions. Your judgment must be based on the facts you find and the law you find in all these directions.”