The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial is nearing its end as we can finally get a definite answer to who will win this high-profile case between the two former spouses. This trial has been going on for six weeks as each party has presented evidence that they hope could sway the jury over to their side. But when will the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial finally end?
Each party’s final arguments on the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial will be heard on Friday, May 27th. After that, the jury will be given time to confer with one another to come up with a verdict in relation to who is liable to who in this high-profile case between the former spouses.
We are finally at the tail-end of one of the most high-profile cases in recent memory, as the final arguments are going to be given out by each party soon. That said, those who have been keeping up with this story are now on the edge of their seats, waiting for the jury’s verdict. With that said, let’s look at what we know about the entire trial and when it will finally end.
What Is The Johnny Depp And Amber Heard Trial All About?
One of the biggest cases that we have seen in recent memory is the battle between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard as they are in the midst of a legal war that has roots that can be traced all the way back to when they were still married. But what is this case really all about?
It all began when Johnny Depp and Amber Heard began dating during the early part of the 2010s as the two eventually got married in 2015 in what was a private ceremony. However, things eventually went south for the couple very quickly as, in 2016, Heard filed for divorce and alleged that Depp had been abusing her physically while they were still married.
After Amber Heard filed for divorce, they ended up on a settlement of $7 million. Heard was supposed to donate the settlement to charity after she and Johnny Depp decided to settle their divorce out of court. They even had a joint statement that goes:
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”
Meanwhile, the divorce was finalized in 2017. There was even a clause in the settlement that agreed that they were not allowed to say anything negative about one another, their marriage, and their breakup. But that wasn’t something that was actually followed because, in 2018, Amber Heard penned an essay for the Washington Post. This essay claimed that she was a victim of domestic abuse, as seen in this excerpt:
“I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”
In 2019, Johnny Depp finally instituted a case against Amber Heard for that Washington Post article. This came just after he had been released from some of his roles in some of the biggest movie franchises. Warner released him from his role as Grindelwald in the big-budget Fantastic Beasts franchise. Meanwhile, Disney went on to say that they were no longer working with Johnny Depp in any of the subsequent movies in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which has become synonymous with his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Depp claimed in that suit that Heard was not a victim of domestic violence but was the perpetrator instead. He also went on to say that the essay was a way for her to gain positive publicity at the expense of his name. And in a day and age where women have been coming forward to tell the stories of the abuses they had to endure in their marriages, Amber Heard would have had a lot of different people flocking over to her side had it been proven that she indeed was the victim of domestic violence.
Then, in 2020, Johnny Depp sued the British news outlet called The Sun, which called him a wife-beater, for libel. However, because libel is easier to prove in the UK because all that The Sun had to do was to prove in court that Johnny Depp did indeed physically abuse Amber Heard, the former star of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise lost that case.
In April of 2022, the high-profile case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard began. Depp filed a case worth $50 million. Meanwhile, Heard filed a counter to Depp’s suit, and her claim is worth $100 million.
These are some of the things mentioned by Depp’s party:
- Amber Heard had a need for violence during their relationship.
- Heard cut off one of Depp’s fingers when they were in a heated argument.
- Heard or one of her friends defecated on his bed after they had broken up.
- Depp had never abused any of his former partners.
- There is a recording of Amber Heard saying that no one will ever believe Johnny Depp was the victim of abuse because he is a man.
- Heard is yet to donate the money she pledged to the different civil rights groups that supported her.
Meanwhile, here are some of the things mentioned by Heard’s party:
- Johnny Depp sexually abused her when he was in a bad mood.
- Heard thought that Depp was merely joking when he first assaulted her.
- Depp abused one of her dogs.
- Depp hurt himself in their fights so that he had “evidence” of being the victim of abuse.
- Depp has been lying the entire time because he can’t even look her in the eyes.
Both parties brought in different witnesses to testify on their behalf while also testifying themselves. This has become one of the most publicized cases in recent memory because of how big Johnny Depp’s profile as an actor is.
When Will The Johnny Depp And Amber Heard Trial End?
At this point, both parties had already rested their case in relation to the different evidence and testimonies that they had presented. The lawyers of both Depp and Heard have already done their part in the trial, and it is now up to them to present their closing arguments before giving the jury enough time to come up with a verdict.
The closing arguments will be presented on May 27th in the US. After that, the jury will confer so that the jurors can come up with a decision regarding the case. As such, the case will be concluded on May 27th as well, just after each side’s closing argument.
From the looks of it, both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have their own faults in this entire legal war, as it was a marriage that was doomed from the start. However, the trial has always been about the defamation suit that Depp filed, and it is going to be tough for the jury to decide whether or not Heard did indeed defame her ex-husband in that essay that she wrote.
In the end, it is still up to the jury to decide who wins and who loses. Considering this isn’t a criminal case, there is a good chance that the jury will decide that both parties are liable to one another in relation to their claims against each other. And all we can do now is wait.