The highly publicized public libel trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard ended last week, with both sides presenting closing arguments and the jury heading out to deliberate. The jury is expected to resume deliberations on Tuesday after the three-day recess for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million in damages over an op-ed she wrote in 2018 and published in The Washington Post, while the Aquaman The actress is asking for $100 million. As millions of fans wait for the final verdict, here’s a quick look at what will happen if Amber Heard wins the case.
What happens if Johnny Depp loses his lawsuit against Amber Heard?
If Amber Heard wins the countersuit against her ex-husband, then the Pirates of the Caribbean The actor may be required to pay her the $100 million she is suing him for, or whatever amount — greater or lesser — the jury deems appropriate.
Similarly, if Depp wins, Heard could be required to pay the full compensation amount of $50 million or less or more than that. The jury could also determine that neither party should be awarded damages. Both sides could decide to appeal the decision if they lose.
It is important to note that since this is a civil case, neither party can go to jail if they lose. Indeed, a civil case is a dispute between people or companies over money or harm to human rights. The plaintiff can declare the defendant liable to pay a sum of money or provide compensation for injury or wrongdoing. A civil case is not about breaking the law and as such the defendant is not charged with any crime.
Highlights from the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard
The trial, which lasted six weeks, was filled with sordid personal details and startling statements from several witnesses, attracting worldwide media attention. Take a look at some of the key moments from the trial:
- Psychologist Dr Shannon Curry, hired by Johnny Depp’s legal team, testified that Heard suffered from borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder.
- Depp claimed he never abused Heard or any other woman. He added that she was the one who became violent.
- In one of the most shocking claims, Depp testified that he found feces in the former couple’s bed in 2016. Depp’s security guard said Heard told him it was “a horrible prank gone wrong”. Heard denied the allegation.
- The Aquaman The actress claimed the op-ed she wrote in 2018 was not directed at Depp.
- Kate Moss, who dated Depp in the 90s, has dismissed rumors that he pushed Moss down the stairs when they were dating.
Closing arguments were presented by both sides on Friday and the jury is expected to return for deliberations on Tuesday after a three-day break for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The final verdict is expected by the end of this week.