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

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

The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard court battle is in its final stages, with the jury deliberating in Fairfax, Va., before announcing their verdict.

Mr Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as a victim of domestic abuse. She did not name Mr. Depp, but her team said the actor had lost numerous films due to the allegations.

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Ms Heard countersued Mr Depp, demanding $100 million, accusing him of orchestrating a ‘smear campaign’ against her.

When did the trial start?

It started on April 11, when Mr Depp and Ms Heard painted a heartbreaking picture of the tumultuous relationship. The two actors accused each other of physical violence.

Closing arguments were made on May 27, after which the case was sent to a seven-member jury. Tuesday (May 31) was the first full day of jury deliberation.

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What happens now?

The jury deliberates before rendering a verdict. If jury members decide Ms Heard did indeed defame 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 will welcome such an outcome.

If the jury finds in favor of Ms. Heard, Mr. Depp will have to pay her $100 million. The amount could also be adjusted, depending on the decision of the jury.

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When is the verdict expected?

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

Mr Depp, meanwhile, is in the UK where he performed at a rock concert. The TAUT says the jury must come to a unanimous decision for a verdict, which some could at any time.

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