The Thursday hearing will witness the last witnesses testify Thursday will see the final witnesses take the stand, with Heard being expected to be the last witness.
Deadline is reporting that the Aquaman actor will soon be identified by her team of defense lawyers as the final witness, giving her her final say before closing arguments.
The trial has been one of the most talked-about media stories of the past few years because it was live-streamed on YouTube as well as other sites.
It has attracted some prominent names like Elon Musk as well as Kate Moss, who spoke on behalf of her former co-star Depp on Wednesday.
Here’s when you can expect the verdict, and what the outcome of the trial could be.
What is the verdict in the trial of Depp and Heard?
The legal teams of Depp, as well as Heard, will release their final announcements on the 27th of May on the 27th day of May.
When the final arguments are been made the jury is sent off to take a look at their decision.
This can take a matter of hours or even a few days depending on how long they have to think about it.
What is the reason Johnny Depp suing Amber Heard?
Depp is seeking to sue Heard as his ex-wife for $50 million (PS40m) due to an article she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018 which she declared herself an “public figure representing domestic abuse”.
Heard didn’t mention Depp in the piece, but Heard claims that it has caused him to lose his acting gigs.
She counter-sued him for $100m, alleging Depp insulted her by referring to her claims as “fake” and his lawyers described her claims to be “fake” and a “sexual violence hoax”.
The couple that was previously married, which was married between the year 2015 until 2017 both accuse each one of having been physically violent during their marriage. Both deny the allegations of the other.
Depp and Heard were seen together in 2009 while filming their set for The Rum Diary In the film, they appeared as lovers.
The couple issued the joint statement following the divorce was finalized and stated: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.”
What are the potential outcomes of the test?
The jury will decide if it is a matter of probabilities, Heard did defame Depp in the 2018 Washington Post article.
If they determine that she did, she’ll be required to compensate Depp’s costs. Depp is seeking $50 million (PS40m) in damages however, the jury could decide to award him more or less than the amount.
If they are in favor of Heard Depp will not be required any obligation of paying Depp any cash.
Heard that he will not be sent to jail even when the jury rules that Depp is the winner.
This is an open trial for civil litigants which is not a criminal matter. There is no evidence that Heard or Depp are being investigated for criminal charges.
The term “civil case” refers to a court proceeding that which a person or organization (the plaintiff) can hold another individual (or entity) (the defendant) accountable for a specific type of wrongdoing or infraction. If someone is sued, it’s a civil matter.
If the plaintiff wins and wins, they are likely to be able to receive some sort of payment from the defendant.
A civil lawsuit could be brought on any issue from a dispute over a contract to the eviction of a homeowner to injuries suffered during a car accident and a myriad of other injuries or disagreements.
Civil cases are designed to pay the victim of hurt, rather than punish the defendant. If a plaintiff loses in a civil lawsuit, they do not get accused of committing a crime like they would in a criminal trial but they don’t risk prison time even if they’re guilty of committing a crime that is comparable to a crime.
A burden to show proof is lower in a civil matter than in a criminal trial. In a criminal trial the defendant’s guilt needs to be proved “beyond reasonable doubt”, while in a civil matter, the jury is required to choose which side they think is more likely.
Civil disputes can be resolved outside of the courtroom. Lawyers representing both the plaintiff and the defendant are often in a debate and attempt to agree on an amount that could be given to the defendant, closing the court case without no having to settle.
What are the most important events from the trial thus far?
The actress Depp said he did not strike Heard as well as any of the other women. He also said Heard had the last say and was abusive in the past and “bullied” him with “demeaning name-calling”.
“If I stayed to argue, eventually, I was sure it was going to escalate into violence, and oftentimes it did,” He told the court. Heard in court that “she didn’t assault Johnny, ever”.
The two offered differing versions of a heated argument that took place in early 2015 in Australia in Australia, where Depp was filming his sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film.
Depp stated that Heard dropped an empty vodka bottle which cut off from the tip of his middle finger. Depp said he was in shock and left messages for Heard on the walls with blood from his finger.
Heard crying when she told the jury Depp had sexually assaulted and abused her that night, by putting an alcohol bottle into her vagina. “I was scared,” she admitted. “I had just married him.”
Heard the source say that just a few months after, Depp broke her nose and tore off chunks of her hair in another violent fight.
The attorneys of Heard introduced photographs that they claimed showed bruises following various fights and abrasions, such as marks on her arm that were evident when she was posing on a red carpet as well as swelling and redness around the eye area that was hit by a phone Depp dropped her phone.
A lawyer for Depp presented images from public appearances, which they claimed were taken at the time of their fights. They seemed to show no physical injuries and even Heard suggested Heard edited the images to have the redness seem more obvious. Heard denied editing the images, and instead utilized makeup to cover up injuries.
— Depp admitted that feces had been discovered in the bed of the couple in the year 2016. The security personnel told him that Heard said that it could be “a horrible practical joke gone wrong”. Heard denied involvement and claimed that one of the dogs was at fault.
The lawyers of Heard’s introduced text messages that Depp described Heard as a “filthy whore” and said that he would like her to die.
In a letter in a letter to actress Paul Bettany in 2013, Depp wrote: “Let’s drown her before we burn her” and “I will f**k her burnt corpse afterward to make sure she is dead”.
Psychologist Shannon Curry took the stand and testified that Heard exhibits signs of that borderline personality disorders as well as Histrionic Personality Disorder.
She also stated that Heard exaggerated symptoms of PTSD The actress claims she suffered due to the relationship she had with Depp.
— Psychologists from the forensic and clinical fields Dr. Dawn Hughes, called to the witness stand as the first witness she described a variety of possible instances of sexual violence before the court, such as one in which the actor was alleged to have done a “cavity search” of Heard as a way of looking for drugs.
“These incidents often happened in a drug-fuelled rage,” she explained.
— Heard about Depp’s suspected drug abuse, claiming that the actor was “different versions” of himself, “depending on which drug he was on”. Former Depp employees have also provided similar descriptions of Depp’s frequent use of alcohol and drugs.
Heard of an incident during which she claimed Depp stuck her to an object with her throat. She testified before the judge: “I remember looking down at Depp… and grabbing at him, trying to pull his arms off my neck. At some point, I can remember the man ripping my shirt, and my breasts were exposed… It was then that I tugged at his lapel, and the shirt tore… It was torn off the top and put on the neck of my.”
— Heard that she was not aware that the Washington Post article did not mention Johnny Depp. “It’s not about Johnny,” she said to the court. “The only person who thought that it had to do with Johnny wasn’t Johnny. The story was about my own life and the one I lived following Johnny.”
Heard’s sister Whitney Heard Henriquez, is the first witness in the civil trial that lasted for five weeks to testify before the court that she was the one who observed Depp striking Heard.
She recounted a fight in March 2015. Ms. Henriquez stated that at one time she was trapped in the middle of Depp and Heard when Depp jumped through a flight of stairs to fight Heard. Ms. Henriquez claimed she was hit by Heard in the back. A bodyguard of Depp intervened and ended the fight. However “by that time, Johnny had already grabbed Amber by the hair with one hand and was whacking her repeatedly in the face with the other”.
Moss was mentioned in court in the course of testimony by Heard, in which she recalled a moment when Depp claimed to “swung at” Heard’s sister while she was standing on the stairs.
Heard she said it reminded her of a rumor that Depp had pushed Moss down the stairs in the 90s. Depp does not deny and Moss was not able to discuss it in public until recently.