The jury deliberates the multi-million-dollar defamation trial of Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard. But even after hours of deliberation on 31st May, there was no verdict. It was in Virginia Fairfax County Circuit Court where the case is getting analyzed and the jury deliberates the six-week-long trial to conclude the stars’ explosive marriage. So, what did the jury deliberate? What has been the update on the case?
The Jurors Had a Question for the Judge
After considering all the facts and pieces of evidence, the jury deliberates the situation and presents a question. They want to know “about how they should weigh the headline in Heard’s Washington Post op-ed”.
When talking about this op-ed, let us highlight the point that it was this op-ed that led to the defamation case. The op-ed was published in 2018 and it read, “I Spoke Up Against Sexual Violence — And Faced Our Culture’s Wrath. That Has To Change.” The actress described herself as the “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
After all, the jury must deliberate based on the truth. As the headline and the piece was the main reason for Johnny Depp suing Amber Heard, the jurors wanted to know more about what things must be considered in the case.
Judge Penney Azcarate stated that the members of the jury wanted clarity if they must consider the headline and evaluate if it was defamatory or not. Or whether they must also read the content and consider the entire op-ed before passing their judgment.
Judge Penny added, “I think the confusion came in this particular one because the statement in question is the title of the op-ed, so I think they are confused as to whether it is the whole op-ed or the title is the statement,” “It is clear that the title is the statement.”
What Did the Jury Verdict Forms Read?
As the jury deliberates, the jury verdict forms mention “the headline is one of three statements that the jury has to weigh in determining whether to rule for Depp”. Now, the seven jurors have to evaluate whether the statements that were issued in the op-ed were defamatory for Depp.
We have exclusively obtained the statements that were given in the form. The jury deliberates two passages and they are going to give a decision on that.
One of the many given statements was, “Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”
The other given statement is, “I had the vantage point of seeing, in real-time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse.”
— worldomus (@Unanimousworld0) June 1, 2022
Before the jury deliberates, Heard’s legal team mentioned time and again during the trial that in the entire op-ed, there was no direct reference to Depp. On the other hand, Depp’s attorneys argued that the obvious reference was to Depp and it was pretty clear for the readers as well.
It is true that Heard didn’t include Depp’s name anywhere in the op-ed and also didn’t specifically highlight physical or emotional trouble. However, the headline was too controversial and it did provide a direct indication of sexual violence.
The Jury Will Meet Again on 1st June
As the process is continuing, the jury will be coming together for further proceedings. While the jury deliberates, the entire world is waiting to know the verdict. Since this is a defamatory case, the jury needs to take all the points of domestic abuse and the toxic relationship that the couple had into consideration.
It is not known if the jurors will provide their decision today or do they need more time. But whatever the jury deliberates, the decision can turn the fate of the high-profile stars. So, who do you think will win, Johnny Depp or Amber Heard?