Johnny Depp trial – live: Jury resumes deliberation in Amber Heard defamation case

Oliver O’Connell,Megan Sheets and Maanya Sachdeva

Tue, 31 May 2022, 2:20 pm

The jury in the defamation trial opposing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard resumed deliberations on Tuesday after a three-day weekend.

Heard is being sued by Depp for $50m for implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she didn’t name him, he claims her allegations impacted his ability to work. She is pursuing a counterclaim of $100m.

In closing arguments on Friday, Depp’s lawyers asked jurors to “give him his life back” after he claims it was “ruined” by Heard’s allegations of domestic abuse. They alleged Heard would rather be in a fight than let the actor leave, called her claims an act of profound cruelty to true survivors, and said that she gave the performance of her life on the stand.

In their closing, Heard’s lawyers said a ruling in favour of Depp would make jurors an “accomplice” to his abuse and to his “campaign of global humiliation”, and called out the actor for “laughing” and “snide comments” during closing arguments, adding that he engaged in “victim-blaming at its most disgusting”.

As the verdict looms, Depp turned up to perform alongside Jeff Beck in the UK on Sunday.

Key points

When will there be a verdict?

14:20 , Megan Sheets

As the jury enters its first full day of deliberation on Tuesday, it’s impossible to say definitively how long it will take to reach a verdict.

Here’s what we know:

When will there be a verdict in Johnny Depp’s trial against Amber Heard?

Jury resumes deliberation

14:00 , Megan Sheets

Jurors should just now be sitting down to resume deliberations at 9am EST.

They have thus far spent just over two hours in the deliberation room after being sent out following closing arguments on Friday afternoon.

Upon passing the case over, Judge Penney Azcarate cautioned jurors against jumping to quick conclusions and instructed them to carefully review all relevant evidence before reaching a verdict.

Heard lawyer says she should win case even if she cut Depp’s finger off with an axe

13:40 , Oliver O’Connell

Amber Heard’s lawyer raised eyebrows in his closing argument as he sought to downplay the importance of a fight in which Johnny Depp’s finger was severed.

Hours of testimony in the defamation trial opposing the Hollywood stars centred around a violent incident in Australia in 2015, during which the tip of Mr Depp’s finger was cut off.

Amber Heard lawyer says she should win even if she cut Johnny Depp’s finger with axe

Heard lawyer calls out Depp for ‘laughing’ and ‘snide comments’ during closing argument

13:20 , Megan Sheets

Amber Heard’s lawyer accused Johnny Depp of “laughing and making snide remarks” in court as the jury was shown a video which the actor himself previously said showed him “assaulting cabinets”.

Attorney Ben Rottenborn replayed the video – filmed by Ms Heard in 2016 – during closing arguments in the couple’s defamation trial on Friday.

Read more:

Amber Heard lawyer calls out Johnny Depp for ‘laughing’ during closing argument

Heard lawyer says ruling in favour of Depp would make jurors an ‘accomplice’ to his abuse

13:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Amber Heard’s attorney has told jurors that ruling in favour of Johnny Depp would make them an “accomplice” to his abuse and “campaign of global humiliation”, as the former couple’s multi-million-dollar defamation neared a dramatic close on Friday morning.

Attorney Benjamin Rottenborn delivered closing statements to the court in Fairfax, Virginia, where he warned that Mr Depp’s argument that he was not abusive to Ms Heard sends a “message” to survivors of domestic abuse everywhere.

Amber Heard lawyer urges jurors not to be ‘accomplice’ to Johnny Depp’s abuse

Heard would ‘rather be in a fight than let Depp leave’, jury hears in closing argument

12:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez alleged that Amber Heard “would rather be in a fight than have him leave” in closing arguments on Friday (27 May).

Ms Vasquez delivered closing arguments on behalf of Mr Depp in the multi-million dollar defamation trial, which began on 11 April in Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Amber Heard would ‘rather be in a fight than let Johnny Depp leave’, jury hears

Depp lawyer calls Heard’s domestic abuse claims ‘an act of profound cruelty to true survivors’

11:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez said it was an “act of profound cruelty… to true survivors” for Amber Heard to “hold herself out as a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

In her closing arguments on Friday (27 May) at Virginia’s Fairfax County circuit court, Ms Vasquez told the jury: “The mountain of evidence that Mr Depp abused Ms Heard is simply not there.”

Johnny Depp lawyer calls Amber Heard’s abuse claims ‘an act of profound cruelty’

What are the possible verdicts?

09:00 , Oliver O’Connell

What happens next in the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard defamation trial?

Most explosive moments from the trial

07:00 , Oliver O’Connell

The defamation trial opposing Depp and Heard has put the Hollywood heavyweights’ tumultuous relationship on full display inside a courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia.

Here are some of the most dramatic moments:

Most explosive moments in the star-studded Johnny Depp v Amber Heard defamation trial

RECAP: Depp’s testimony on Heard

04:59 , Oliver O’Connell

Depp’s testimony on Heard, which spanned three and a half days in April, centred around his claim that she was the abuser, not him.

He described how they fell in love quickly after meeting on the set of The Rum Diary before everything went downhill.

Below are the key revelations from his testimony:

A severed finger and shouting matches: Johnny Depp’s testimony on Amber Heard

RECAP: Heard’s testimony on Depp

03:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Heard gave her account of her tumultuous relationship with Mr Depp over several days of testimony earlier this month.

She began by providing background how they met and they fell in love, before sharing several allegations of physical abuse and sexual assault.

Below are the key revelations from her testimony:

Key moments from Amber Heard’s testimony on Johnny Depp

How Depp and Heard each made their case for being a victim, not a perpetrator, of abuse

01:00 , Oliver O’Connell

After six weeks of testimony, the jury in the high-profile defamation trial finally began deliberating on Friday afternoon. Rachel Sharp reports from Fairfax, Virginia, on what you need to know about the case.

Johnny Depp v Amber Heard: What to know about the case

Most viral moments from the media circus defamation trial

Monday 30 May 2022 23:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Former husband and wife Depp and Heard are finally approaching the end of their bitter defamation trial, which has attracted headlines across the world over the last six weeks as well as a feverish international audience online.

Fans of the Hollywood actors have closely followed proceedings from the Fairfax County courthouse on TikTok and Instagram, obsessing over the testimonies offered, cutting clips of their favourite exchanges, making unlikely stars of the attorneys involved and cheerleading for their preferred side.

Here is an overview of some of the many viral episodes from the marathon trial ahead of closing arguments on Friday:

The most viral moments from the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial

Will Amber Heard ever act again?

Monday 30 May 2022 22:00 , Oliver O’Connell

On Monday (23 May), entertainment industry expert Kathryn Arnold testified that she found the op-ed had no impact on Depp’s career, but the surrounding scandal had cost Heard up to $50m in earnings.

But what impact could the trial and its fallout on her career going forward?

Will Amber Heard act again? A look at actor’s scheduled films amid Johnny Depp trial

Will Johnny Depp ever act again?

Monday 30 May 2022 21:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Throughout the case, Depp and his legal representatives have referred to the actor’s career being negatively impacted as a result of the claims.

Though his future presence in Hollywood productions is unconfirmed as of yet, Depp is reported to have at least one acting role in the pipeline.

Read more:

Will Johnny Depp act again? A look at the actor’s scheduled projects

Depp grilled about photos from honeymoon where he claims Heard punched him

Monday 30 May 2022 20:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Also in his testimony on Wednesday, Depp was grilled about the photos taken during his 2015 honeymoon with Heard, in which he claims she punched him.

Depp has said the photos show him with a black eye on the Orient Express from Bangkok to Singapore, but Heard’s attorneys sought to undermine that.

The Independent’s Inga Parkel reports:

Johnny Depp grilled about honeymoon photos where he claims Amber Heard punched him

Depp said Heard was ‘begging for global humiliation’ after she filed for restraining order

Monday 30 May 2022 19:00 , Oliver O’Connell

In a 2016 text shared in the court, Depp said Heard was “begging for global humiliation” after she filed for a restraining order.

The text was allegedly sent on 15 August 2016, according to court documents – a few months after Ms Heard sought a restraining order against Mr Depp in late May that same year.

The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander reports:

Johnny Depp said Amber Heard was ‘begging for humiliation’ after restraining order

Depp calls Heard’s abuse allegations ‘unimaginably brutal, cruel, and all false’

Monday 30 May 2022 17:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Giving rebuttal testimony in the defamation case he brought against his ex-wife on Wednesday, Depp told the court listening to her testimony regarding alleged abuse was “unimaginably brutal” and what she said in the witness box was “all false”.

In direct examination by his own legal team, Mr Depp was asked what it has been like to hear Ms Heard’s testimony during the trial.

Read more:

Johnny Depp calls Amber Heard’s abuse allegations ‘brutal, cruel, and all false’

What are the ‘Waldman statements’?

Monday 30 May 2022 16:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Heard’s $100m countersuit centres around her claim that Depp defamed her in multiple statements to the press via his attorney Adam Waldman after she published the 2018 op-ed at the heart of Depp’s suit.

Below, The Independent’s Megan Sheets explains what the statements are:

What are the ‘Waldman statements’ in Amber Heard’s countersuit against Johnny Depp

Depp denies involvement in Waldman statements calling Heard abuse claims a ‘hoax’

Monday 30 May 2022 15:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Johnny Depp has returned to the witness stand to give more testimony in his multi-million dollar defamation trial against Amber Heard.

Mr Depp was called back for his own team’s rebuttal on Wednesday (25 May) and his direct testimony began with questions about his former attorney Adam Waldman.

Mr Waldman’s statements – calling Ms Heard’s allegations of domestic abuse against Mr Depp a “hoax” and an “ambush” – are at the centre of Ms Heard’s $100m countersuit against Mr Depp.

Read more:

Johnny Depp denies involvement in lawyer’s ‘hoax’ remarks about Amber Heard

Heard’s team hits back at Kate Moss testimony

Monday 30 May 2022 13:00 , Oliver O’Connell

A source close to Heard offered a strong response to Kate Moss denying a claim that Depp pushed her down the stairs during their relationship in the 1990s.

“So Johnny Depp didn’t abuse Kate Moss. That makes him one for two in the abuse column,” the source told The Independent following Ms Moss’s testimony on Wednesday.

“But, to date, he’s zero for one in the courtroom on the central issue in this case back when he lost the same exact case in England. And when the jury deliberates over the singular issue in this case – whether Amber Heard can exercise her right of Freedom of Speech – he’ll be zero for two, no matter how much his lawyers try to distract and divert the jury’s attention.”

The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports:

Amber Heard team hits back after Kate Moss denies claim Johnny Depp pushed her

Johnny Depp joins Jeff Beck for surprise Sheffield performance as jury deliberates

Monday 30 May 2022 11:10 , Maanya Sachdeva

Johnny Depp turned up to perform alongside Jeff Beck in Sheffield on Sunday (29 May), following the closing arguments in his $50m defamation trial against Amber Heard.

Depp and Beck – who is currently touring the UK – performed their 2020 collaboration “Isolation”, which is a reworking of a 1970 John Lennon song, on stage at the Sheffield show.

Reports suggest Depp could also join Beck on his next two tour stops at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Monday (May 30) and Tuesday (May 31).

Full story here:

Johnny Depp joins Jeff Beck during live performance in Sheffield

Depp fans delight over his smile during Kate Moss testimony

Monday 30 May 2022 09:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Viewers noticed Johnny Depp “smiling” as Kate Moss took the stand in his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Moss testified for only a few minutes on Wednesday (25 May) via video link, during which she denied Heard’s claim that Depp had pushed her down the stairs in the Nineties.

Johnny Depp smiles during Kate Moss testimony at Amber Heard trial

Depp claims he called Warner Bros about Heard’s Aquaman role to ‘curb their worries’

Monday 30 May 2022 07:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Testifying on Wednesday, Depp disputed Heard’s claims that he did not assist in helping her land her Aquaman role.

Asked by his legal team whether he recalls Heard testifying that he “did not assist her in getting her role in Aquaman”, Depp replied: “It’s not exactly true.”

The Independent’s Annabel Nugent reports:

Johnny Depp says he called Warner Bros about Amber Heard’s role in Aquaman

Heard’s team accuses Depp of trying to get her fired from Aquaman

Monday 30 May 2022 04:59 , Oliver O’Connell

Johnny Depp has been accused of trying to get Amber Heard fired from the Aquaman franchise.

The actor returned to the witness stand on Wednesday (25 May) to give more testimony in his multi-million dollar defamation trial against ex-wife Heard. He was called back for his own team’s rebuttal.

During his testimony, Depp was challenged as to whether he attempted to get Heard fired from the Warner Brothers superhero movie.

Johnny Depp accused of trying to get Amber Heard fired as texts are shown in court

What happens next and what are the possible verdicts?

Monday 30 May 2022 01:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Divorced Hollywood actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have reached the close of their acrimonious defamation trial in Virginia, which has created headlines across the world over six weeks and seen fans closely following proceedings on TikTok and Instagram and treating the case like a spectator sport, micro-analysing the evidence and cheering on their preferred side.

What happens next?

What happens next in the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard defamation trial?

Heard spars with Johnny Depp attorney when grilled about Kate Moss

Sunday 29 May 2022 23:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Amber Heard sparred with one of Johnny Depp’s attorneys as she was grilled about Kate Moss and other witnesses supporting him.

Ms Heard returned to the stand as the last witness for her rebuttal on Thursday and spoke of the toll the trial has taken on her as she was “harassed, humiliated and threatened” on a daily basis by Mr Depp’s fans.

She then faced an intense cross-examination from Mr Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez, who began cross-examination by asserting that the trial has been hard because her “lies have been exposed to the world multiple times, right?”

Read more:

Heard spars with Depp attorney when grilled about Kate Moss and others supporting him

Heard begs Johnny Depp ‘leave me alone’ claiming daily death threats over trial

Sunday 29 May 2022 21:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Amber Heard has returned to the stand as part of her legal team’s rebuttal in the multi-million dollar lawsuit brought against the actor by ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Asked how she’s been affected by the Depp-Waldman statements at the centre of her counterclaim, Ms Heard on Thursday (26 May) said: “I am harassed, humiliated, threatened, every single day.”

Read more:

Amber Heard begs Johnny Depp ‘leave me alone’ claiming daily death threats over trial

Former TMZ employee snaps back at Heard lawyer

Sunday 29 May 2022 20:00 , Oliver O’Connell

A former TMZ employee testifying for Johnny Depp in his defamation trial against Amber Heard offered a scathing response when her lawyer suggested he was looking for his “15 minutes of fame”.

Morgan Tremaine appeared as a witness for the Pirates of the Carribbean actor on Wednesday in Fairfax, Virginia.

Ex-TMZ employee denies Amber Heard lawyer’s suggestion he wants ‘15 minutes of fame’

RECAP: Depp’s testimony on Heard

Sunday 29 May 2022 18:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Depp’s testimony on Heard, which spanned three and a half days in April, centred around his claim that she was the abuser, not him.

He described how they fell in love quickly after meeting on the set of The Rum Diary before everything went downhill.

Below are the key revelations from his testimony:

A severed finger and shouting matches: Johnny Depp’s testimony on Amber Heard

RECAP: Heard’s testimony on Depp

Sunday 29 May 2022 17:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Heard gave her account of her tumultuous relationship with Mr Depp over several days of testimony earlier this month.

She began by providing background how they met and they fell in love, before sharing several allegations of physical abuse and sexual assault.

Below are the key revelations from her testimony:

Key moments from Amber Heard’s testimony on Johnny Depp

Inside the sea of devoted fans camped out at the Depp v Heard trial

Sunday 29 May 2022 15:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Yvonne Deboer booked a whole year off work to support Johnny Depp.

The travel agent and self-proclaimed “number one fan” left behind her life in Los Angeles to come to Fairfax, Virginia, for the entirety of the actor’s defamation trial.

For the last six weeks, she has spent every day inside the courtroom watching the case unfold and every night camped outside the courthouse to snap up one of the limited spaces in the public gallery the next morning.

Ms Doboer is one of hundreds of fans who have devoted more than a month to being at the trial. Below, The Independent’s Rachel Sharp speaks to many of them outside the courthouse about why they came:

Who are the Johnny Depp fanatics camping outside the Amber Heard trial?

Explained: The fight where Johnny Depp’s finger was severed

Sunday 29 May 2022 14:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Over six weeks of explosive testimony in the trial opposing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, one especially gruelling fight has captured prominence in the case.

What’s become known as the “severed finger incident” unfolded in March 2015 when the couple were staying in Australia while Depp filmed the fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Depp and Heard each shared their own accounts of the events that led to Depp losing the tip of his finger; with him alleging that it was cut when Ms Heard threw a vodka bottle at him. Ms Heard said she was not awake when the injury occurred and claimed that Depp assaulted her with a vodka bottle the same night.

Attorneys for both actors brought in their own medical experts to testify about the injury and what could have caused it, while witnesses for Depp described efforts to locate the tip of the finger.

The jury was also shown countless grueling photos of Depp’s wound as well as messages he wrote in blood and paint on the walls that night.

Whether jurors choose to believe Mr Depp or Ms Heard’s account of the fight is likely to have huge implications on the outcome of the case in which both stars claim they were victimised by the other.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets explains the evidence at play:

How was Johnny Depp’s finger severed in Australia fight with Amber Heard?

Explainer: How did this trial come about?

Sunday 29 May 2022 12:00 , Oliver O’Connell

A jury began deliberations in the defamation trial opposing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard on 27 May after six weeks of explosive testimony.

As the verdict looms, here’s everything to know about the case:

Why is Johnny Depp suing Amber Heard?

Most explosive moments so far in star-studded defamation trial

Sunday 29 May 2022 10:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Over six weeks of testimony, jury heard from string of witnesses including the couple’s friends, psychiatric experts, surgeons and the actors themselves. Testimony painted captivating and disturbing portrait of a doomed marriage, laying bare violent fights, drug use and vicious words to each other. Here are some of most dramatic moments.

Most explosive moments in the star-studded Johnny Depp v Amber Heard defamation trial

Depp v Heard judge and staff applauded in court as jury sent out to deliberate

Sunday 29 May 2022 08:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Rachel Sharp reports from Fairfax County, Virginia.

Depp v Heard judge applauded as jury sent out to deliberate

The trial’s bizarre parasocial fans

Sunday 29 May 2022 06:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Within hours of a makeup company posting about the trial on TikTok, a Johnny Depp fan turned up at the courthouse in Virginia to hand-deliver ‘evidence’ to Depp’s lawyers. Another posts videos online suggesting a secret relationship between Depp and his lawyer, Camille Vasquez.

Meredith Clark reports.

The bizarre parasocial fans of the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial

Heard lawyer says she should win case even if she cut Depp’s finger off with an axe

Sunday 29 May 2022 04:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Amber Heard’s lawyer raised eyebrows in his closing argument as he sought to downplay the importance of a fight in which Johnny Depp’s finger was severed.

Hours of testimony in the defamation trial opposing the Hollywood stars centred around a violent incident in Australia in 2015, during which the tip of Mr Depp’s finger was cut off.

Megan Sheets reports.

Amber Heard lawyer says she should win even if she cut Johnny Depp’s finger with axe

Jack Sparrow cosplayers, court campers and dogs dressed as lawyers

Sunday 29 May 2022 02:00 , Oliver O’Connell

For the last six weeks, hundreds have descended on the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia for the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. With the trial drawing to a close, Rachel Sharp speaks to the fans about why they turned up.

Heard lawyers accuse Depp of ‘victim blaming at its most disgusting’

Sunday 29 May 2022 00:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Amber Heard’s lawyer Benjamin J Rottenborn accused Johnny Depp of “victim blaming at its most disgusting” during his closing argument at the couple’s defamation trial.

Taking the jury through the individual sentences in Ms Heard’s 2018 The Washington Post op-ed at the heart of Mr Depp’s $50m lawsuit against her – and why they weren’t defamatory in nature – Mr Rottenborn on Friday reminded the jury of Ms Heard’s testimony earlier in the trial.

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