© Reuters. SUBMIT IMAGE: Actor Johnny Depp gestures as he leaves the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse following his disparagement trial versus his ex-wife Amber Heard, in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., May 27, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
By Lisa Richwine
(Reuters) – Jurors in Virginia will resume considerations on Wednesday in the multimillion-dollar disparagement claims brought by stars Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, the Hollywood stars who have actually implicated each other of abuse prior to and throughout their two-year marital relationship.
The seven-person jury weighed the proof for about 7 hours on Tuesday without reaching a decision.
Depp, the 58-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, taken legal action against Heard for $50 million and argued that she disparaged him when she called herself “a public figure representing domestic abuse” in a paper viewpoint piece.
Heard, 36, countersued for $100 million, stating Depp smeared her when his attorney called her allegations a “hoax.”
Depp has actually rejected striking Heard or any female and stated she was the one who turned violent in their relationship.
Depp and Heard satisfied in 2011 while recording “The Rum Diary” and wed in February 2015. Their divorce was settled about 2 years later on.
At the center of the legal case is a December 2018 viewpoint piece by Heard in the Washington Post in which she made the declaration about domestic abuse. The post did not point out Depp by name however his attorney informed jurors it was clear that Heard was describing him.
During considerations on Tuesday, jurors asked Judge Penney Azcarate if they ought to think about the whole post or simply the heading. The heading stated Heard “spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath.”
Azcarate stated she would inform the jury that the heading was the declaration they ought to think about to reach their decision.
During 6 weeks of statement, Heard’s lawyers argued that she had actually informed the reality which her remarks were covered as totally free speech under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.
Throughout the case, jurors listened to recordings of the couple’s battles and saw graphic images of Depp’s bloody finger. He stated the top of the finger was severed when Heard tossed a vodka bottle at him in 2015.
Heard rejected hurting Depp’s finger and stated Depp sexually attacked her that night with an alcohol bottle. She stated she struck him just to protect herself or her sibling.
Testimony was livestreamed extensively on social networks, drawing big audiences to hear information about the couple’s struggling relationship.
Once amongst Hollywood’s most significant stars, Depp stated Heard’s claims cost him “everything.” A brand-new “Pirates” film was postponed and Depp was changed in the “Fantastic Beasts” movie franchise, a “Harry Potter” spinoff.
Depp lost a libel case less than 2 years ago versus the Sun, a British tabloid that identified him a “wife beater.” A London High Court judge ruled that he had actually consistently attacked Heard.
Depp’s legal representatives submitted the U.S. case in Fairfax County, Virginia, since the Washington Post is printed there. The paper is not an accused.