Johnny Depp-Amber Heard case: when is the verdict expected?

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Johnny Depp-Amber Heard case: when is the verdict expected?

The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial began on April 11 and continued for 6 weeks.

The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Court battle is in its final stages, with the jury deliberating in Fairfax, Virginia before announcing its decision.

Mr Depp has sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed he wrote in The Washington Post, calling himself a victim of domestic abuse. He did not name Mr Depp, but his team claimed that the actor lost several films because of the allegations.

Ms Hurd countered Mr Depp, seeking $100 million, accusing him of planning a “smear campaign” against him.

When did the trial start?

It began on 11 April with both Mr Depp and Ms Heard painting a painful picture of a turbulent relationship. Both the actors accused each other of physical abuse.

Final arguments were given on May 27, after which the matter was referred to a seven-member jury. Tuesday (31 May) was the first full day of deliberations by the jury.

Now what happened?

The jury is deliberating before reaching a verdict. If the jury members decide that Ms. Heard has indeed defamed Mr. Depp, they will be asked to pay the actor $50 million. Even if Mr. Depp does not receive the full amount, his legal team would appreciate such an outcome.

If the jury decides in Ms. Heard’s favor, Mr. Depp will be asked to pay her $100 million. The amount can also be adjusted based on the decision of the jury.

When is the verdict expected?

After six weeks of trial, all eyes are now on the verdict of the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard case. But it is impossible to determine how long the jury will continue its deliberations.

Meanwhile, Mr Depp is in the UK where he performed at a rock concert. BBC Said that for the decision the jury must come to a unanimous decision, which can happen at any time.