The jury in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial announced a verdict today in the high-profile defamation lawsuit filed by Depp against his ex-wife. It found Heard liable on all three of the claims against her and Depp liable on two of her three claims against him.
The verdict was announced at noon PT. Depp, who has been performing with guitar legend Jeff Beck in the U.K., was not there for the announcement. Heard, dressed all in black, fought back tears as the jury’s findings were announced one by one.
Both sides presented their cases before a seven-person jury, the judge, and a growing online audience over the course of the past six weeks.
The jury started its deliberations on Friday, and was given intricate instructions that had them weighing whether any of three statements in the Heard op ed rise to the level of defamation. In Heard’s countersuit, the jury weighed whether any of three statements also amount to defamation. The jurors determined any damages.
Both Heard and Depp took the stand twice to varying degrees of success.
Last week, Depp’s long-ago ex Kate Moss took the stand and gave brief but effective testimony refuting rumors about an alleged incident in Jamaica. The supermodel says Depp not only did not assault her, he actually came to her aid after she had an accident.
In his early testimony, Depp said he was fighting back against Heard’s accusations, in part, for his children’s sake. At the beginning of the defense’s case, Heard’s team motioned to have the case dismissed, as is required under Virginia law. It was quickly denied, as was expected.
Tom Tapp contributed tho this report.