Johnny Depp Verdict Updates

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Jury deliberations in the high-profile defamation battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have begun after a six-week trial in Virginia.

Mr Depp, 58, sued his ex-wife for $50m (£40m) for an article in which she claimed herself to be a victim of abuse. Ms Hurd, 36, counterclaimed for $100m.

Mr Depp's lawyer asked jurors to "hold Ms Heard accountable for her 'lies'".

Ms Heard's team, in turn, said it was Mr Depp who is a bully and abuser who should not be trusted.

Ms Heard's lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn reminded jurors of the explicit text messages between Mr Depp and his friends, saying he intended to harm his ex-wife.

"It's a window into the heart and mind of America's favorite pirate," said Mr Rottenborn. "This is the real Johnny Depp."

In contrast, Mr Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez called Mrs Heard's allegations of abuse "wild, over the top and impossible".

"Mr Depp experienced persistent verbal, physical and emotional abuse by Ms Heard," she said.

Friday's arguments resonated heavily over the past six weeks of trial, where both sides presented warring accounts of the former couple's five-year relationship.

Taking the stand on Thursday, Ms Heard became emotional as she spoke about the "harassment, humiliation, campaign against me

Mr Depp paints a completely different picture, alleging that Ms Heard was an unstable spouse who abused and humiliated her.

The case stems from a 2018 op-ed written by Ms. Heard, in which she described her experience as a "public figure representing domestic abuse".

"If you thought they were both abusive to each other... then Amber wins," he said. "If Amber is abused even once, she wins".

"If you thought they were both abusive to each other... then Amber wins," he said. "If Amber is abused even once, she wins".

Mr Depp arrived on Friday morning and was greeted by hundreds of shouting fans, as was the case for most days of the trial.

The Celebrity Case - broadcast live every day - garnered intense public interest as both actors leveled serious allegations of emotional, physical and verbal abuse against each other.

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