The blockbuster defamation trial between Johnny Depp and his ex Amber Heard ended with a closing speech on Friday. As the jury deliberated, we considered the different ways the verdict could be reached
After six weeks of shocking statements and hazy, personal details, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s US defamation trial ended on Friday.
After final arguments from both sides, it’s now up to the jury to decide who will win, given the millions of insiders and the reputations of both stars.
With a decision not expected between now and at least Tuesday, we’ve looked at all possible outcomes.
But first, to recap, Depp is suing Heard for defamation over a Washington Post article she wrote about the alleged domestic violence she suffered, though she did not name her husband. his old.
He is demanding more than £38m, saying her allegations of domestic abuse ended his career and ruined his reputation.
Depp denied that Heard had ever physically or sexually assaulted, claiming that he himself was a victim of domestic violence at her hands.
The Aquaman actress has filed against Depp, demanding nearly £78 million in damages and says a former lawyer for Depp, Adam Waldman, has accused her of fabricating claims against the actor.
Who pays whom?
There are several options open to the jury, explains David Banks, media law expert and consultant.
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First, they could rule in Depp’s favor and award him up to $50m (£38m) in damages, the amount Depp is suing Heard for.
But what if Heard couldn’t pay Depp the expensive sums?
“So you get into all sorts of problems, negotiating how it’s going to be paid out over time, people go bankrupt. Not many people have that kind of cash,” David said.
Second, if the jury sided with Heard with her objection, they could award her up to $100 million (£78), the amount she is suing the actor for. Caribbean Sea.
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Or, the jury may, while still deciding the winner, decide not to award damages to either party.
David added: “As for the damage they give, it’s in their hands.
What if the jury cannot reach a decision?
The seven jurors had to come to a unanimous decision, and if they didn’t, it was a mistake and the parties decided to retrial.
Can Depp or Heard appeal the decision?
David thinks it’s likely that whoever loses the legal battle will appeal the decision.
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“I doubt there will be an appeal, as the reputations and careers of two major movie stars are at stake,” he said.
Speaking of Depp, he said: “This has done a lot of damage to his reputation and his marketability. So I would be very surprised if the jury ruled against him that he was. will ignore that.”
He added that Heard might particularly want to pursue an appeal, as Johnny lost his case to the News Group Newspaper in 2020 after claiming The Sun wrongly labeled him a “wife beater”.
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David continued: “Neither side backed down. They were almost too far down the road to accept the verdict they received this time.”
One thing’s for sure, though: “It’s a bargain for attorneys.”
Can either party be forced to issue an apology to the other?
David said an apology from Depp or Heard could be a long way off, as he believes both sides are likely to appeal.
He added that the apology could be part of a “negotiated settlement”, after a possible appeal.
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