Jury Reaches Verdict In Johnny Depp And Amber Heard Defamation Trial

Johnny Depp Amber Heard Verdict: A verdict has been reached by the jury after a six-week trial, which began on April 14.
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The jury in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial has reached a verdict

According to reports, the seven-person panel has come to a decision on the actor’s $50million case against his ex-wife, who is also countersuing him for $100million.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing the actress over a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post, which he has alleged implied he was abusive, despite the fact she didn’t name him.

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In the US, defamation claims involving public figures – including actors – are thought to be difficult cases to win. This is due to the high standard a plaintiff must prove.

It’s believed the jury will reveal the decision of who they have sided with at approximately 3pm in Virginia – where the trial took place – which is 8pm UK time.

Over the weekend, psychologist Jessica Taylor claimed that the high-profile case may cause ‘immense damage’ and could potentially have a ‘ripple effect for years’.

Speaking to The Independent, she alleged: “I’m getting comments from women from all over social media who are being called ‘Amber’ by their abusive ex, or their husbands or boyfriends.

“It is being used by perpetrators when the woman is seen to be overacting, or getting upset, or challenging them on their abusive behaviour.

“Amber Heard has become the personification of victim-blaming and misogyny. The trial has had immense damage and will have ripple effects for years.”

The psychologist went on to discuss the actor’s alleged text messages, and them being ‘misogynistic’.

“His texts are misogynist,” she claimed. “He talks about murdering her, and burning her body, what more do people want.”

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