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Jury verdict in Johnny Depp, Amber Heard trial

FAIRFAX, Va. ( Associated Press) – A jury said Wednesday that it has reached a verdict in Johnny Depp’s defamation suit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, who testified that Depp physically and sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions .

The jury also ruled regarding Heard’s $100 million counterclaim filed against Depp. Heard said he was slandered when Depp’s attorney denied his abuse allegations.

The verdict is expected to be read inside a Virginia court at 3 p.m. Wednesday. A seven-person civil jury had to make a unanimous decision in order to reach each verdict. They deliberated for about 12 hours over three days.

Depp has sued his ex-wife for $50 million, accusing her of defaming her with a 2018 op-ed that described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse” . Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim against the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star after his attorney denied his allegations. They are accusing each other of ruining their careers.

Testimony during the six-week trial includes vague details of their short and unstable marriage. Heard testified that Depp physically or sexually assaulted her more than a dozen times. Depp said that he never hit Heard, that he had fabricated allegations of abuse, and that he had physically assaulted her multiple times.

Jurors must decide both claims on the basis of whether the statements were made with “actual malice,” meaning they knew what they were saying was a lie, or because of reckless disregard for the truth. were working together.

During the closing arguments, both sides told the jury that a verdict in their favor would give their clients their lives back.

Depp is not waiting for the verdict in Virginia. He has spent the past few days singing and playing guitar on stage with Jeff Beck in the United Kingdom.

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