Last week, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's lawyers made their closing arguments in Depp's defamation case against his ex-wife. Since then, the jury has been deliberating on the case.
According To Reports, The Jury's Decision Will Rest On 12 Words Only
Let's have a look at what happened.
Initially, Things Between Heard And Depp Seemed To Be Going Great
The couple met during the filming of 2011's The Rum Diary. After Depp broke up with Vanessa Paradis after years of being together, he started dating Amber Heard.
In 2014, Heard And Depp Got Engaged
After the engagement, the two did not waste much time. In February 2015, they got married.
It Was During The Marriage That Everything Went Wrong
After a short honeymoon, their rocky marriage began. A few months later, there were reports that Depp had suffered a hand injury after "smashing bottles and windows" while arguing with his wife, Amber.
Over The Coming Years, More Shocking Details Emerged
Given how challenging their marriage was, people were not shocked when their marriage ended in divorce in 2016. They had only been married for 15 months.
There Was Nothing Strange About The Divorce
According to many media outlets, people learned that Heard had claimed that there were "irreconcilable differences" between them while filing for divorce.
A Couple Of Months Later, Another Issue Popped Up
Heard filed a restraining order claiming that Depp had physically assaulted her.
The Accusation Was Quite Shocking
Despite the seriousness of the accusation Heard made, she quickly retracted it a day before the scheduled hearing.
The World Still Turned Against Depp
Heard had accused Depp of hitting her on several occasions. She also offered video footage that showed Depp throwing a glass of wine across the room, full of rage.
In 2018, Heard Wrote An Op-Ed For The Washington Post
In the op-ed, she said she was a victim of domestic violence and abuse.
The article did not specifically name Depp, but it referred to a time when they were married. She claimed that she had become a "public figure representing domestic abuse."
Heard Got An Outpouring Of Support
Due to her story, Heard was made an "Ambassador for Women's Issues" by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Depp Denied All Allegations Made Against Him
Depp's career suffered due to the allegations he was facing.
Fewer Directors Were Willing To Work With Depp
After he appeared in The Crimes of Grindewald, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts, he drew criticism.
He Also Lost His Role As Captain Jack Sparrow
Just four days after Heard wrote the op-ed, Depp was fired from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Many people believed that Disney fired Depp to distance themselves from the scandal he faced following Heard's accusations. The company had made $4.5 billion from the Pirates franchise.
Things Changed In A Big Way
Depp decided to file a $50 million defamation case against Heard and accused her of being the abuser and not the abused as she had claimed.
Depp Claimed He Had Been A Victim All Along
In his lawsuit, Depp claimed that the op-ed Heard wrote was based on the claim that she was the domestic abuse victim while suggesting he was the person abusing her.
The Lawsuit Claimed That Heard's Claims Were "Categorically And Demonstrably False"
The charges also stated the incidents in which Heard was abusive towards him during their marriage. The attacks included kicking, punching, and staging attacks.
The Accusations Depp Made Against Heard Were Quite Serious
According to Depp, Heard "repeatedly and frequently threw objects" at his body and head. Some of the things she threw included TV remotes, candles, and paint thinner cans.
The lawsuit alleged that these actions by Heard severely injured Depp.
He Damaged Heard's Reputation Even More
In audio released in court, Heard admitted to hitting Depp.
The Audio Also Proved That She Taunted Him
In the audio file, Amber told Depp he was "such a baby" before telling him to "Grow the f*** up."
The Case Was Not Easy
Depp filed a case against The Sun newspaper over a 2018 article calling him a "wife-beater."
His Defamation Case Against The Sun Took 3 Weeks
In court, both Depp and Heard revealed incriminating details about each other, including very compromising photos. The new evidence brought about additional allegations.
Eventually, Depp Lost The Case
In the end, the court decided the case against Depp.
The Loss Was A Huge Blow To His Career
After his loss in court, his career suffered a huge blow. However, he was not about to give up altogether despite losing the case.
His Legal Team Wanted To Prove That Heard Had Submitted Forged Pictures
Depp was determined to prove that he was the victim of abuse, not Heard, as she claimed.
Depp's Lawyers Said That Heard Edited The Photos
Heard had allegedly edited the photos to make it seem like she had two black eyes. She was accusing him of attacking her in 2015.
Depp's Lawyer Claimed Heard's Lawyers Had Used The Photos As Evidence
Benjamin Chew said that Heard's legal team kept using the doctored photos in court. He also claimed that the LA Police Department had caught on and "disavowed the photographs" because they did not demonstrate what the policemen had seen.
Heard Had No Injuries On Her
The police did not find any injuries on Heard, and it was clear that her penthouse had not been disrupted in any way.
The lawyer went on to say that Heard and her friends edited the photos, which she used to get a restraining order and a $7 million divorce settlement which she falsely claimed to have given to ACLU and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
According To Chew, Someone Doctored The Photos
The lawyer pointed out that Heard or someone else edited the photos three years after they were taken, which she falsely denied in London.
Depp Was Given Access To Heard's Phone
Due to the claims that Heard had doctored evidence, Depp's legal team was granted access to Heard's phone records. Tech expert Brian Neumeister analyzed the phone.
Big Celebrities Were Also Mentioned In The Case
Once again, in the heated battle between Depp and Heard, other celebrities were involved.
Two Of The Celebrities Faced Accusations Of Being Romantically Linked To Heard
The celebrities were allegedly involved with Heard while she was still with Depp.
The Two Celebrities Accused Of Having Affairs With Heard Were James Franco And Elon Musk
There were plans for the two to testify during the trial.
Other Big Names Were Also Mentioned During The Trial
Other famous people found themselves embroiled in the trial.
Paul Bettany Would Be On Depp's Side
It was also revealed that Heard's legal team would be using texts between Depp and Bettany to show the violent language Depp used with regard to Heard.
Heard's List Of Exhibits Also Had Big Celebrities
The case would involve messages and emails between Heard, Jason Momoa, and James Wan.
Emails From JK Rowling And Jack White Were Also Logged
Another celebrity involved in the scandalous court case was Ellen Barkin, an actress. She would support Heard, having openly spoken against Depp before.
She Wrote That Heard Was Never "Enough Of A Victim"
Barkin went on to say that victims of abuse are never considered victims enough unless they die.
Depp Is Suing Heard For Defaming Him
Depp claimed that Heard had destroyed his reputation with the things she said about him. Heard decided to countersue him, which increased the number of celebrity witnesses expected to be involved in the case.
Many People Have Testified Throughout The Case
Depp got his turn on the stand on April 9th.
On The Stand, He Said He Never Hit Heard In Any Way
He also said he wanted to stand up for his children. People showed the actor a lot of support.
He Said Heard's Accusations Were "Heinous And Disturbing"
According to Depp, Heard's allegations against him were "criminal acts" against him, and they were not based on the truth.
Depp Swore He's Never Struck A Woman In His Life
The actor said that he never struck Heard in any way or any other woman in his life. He also said that he felt a responsibility to stand up and speak the truth for the sake of his children and himself.
He Also Spoke About The Impact The Allegations Had On His Children
As far as Depp was concerned, it was unfair for his kids to have their friends in school or other people approach them with the scandalous People Magazine cover showing Heard with a dark bruise on her face.
"It Never Had To Go In This Direction"
In court, Depp said that he was a private person, but was forced to come out and say things that would expose him, his family, and even his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
This was an unfortunate situation he believed could have been avoided if Heard had been truthful. Nevertheless, he claimed he was not embarrassed because he knew he was doing the right thing.
Details About His Marriage To Heard Were Revealed In Court
In court, revelations about Depp's severed finger, audio recordings of fights between them, and messages about their shocking fantasies were exposed.
Depp Was Questioned By His Lawyer And Heard's Legal Team
He talked about Heard's role in Aquaman.
Heard's Legal Team Asked Depp About Messages In Which He Told Her To Take "No Meetings" Or "Movies"
Because of the messages Depp wrote, Heard responded saying, "I'm in a coffee meeting now, will be home soon."
Depp Responded By Saying "No Goddamn Meetings. No Movies"
In the message, Depp accused Heard of deviating from their agreement and then asked her to tell him once she was home.
While reading the exchange of messages in court, Heard's lawyer made it seem like Depp did not want her to take the meeting.
The Lawyer Asked Him About Not Wanting Her To Attend The Meeting
Depp said that he was talking about an agreement they had. It had nothing to do with "her doing films."
He Was Talking About A Specific Type Of Meeting
When speaking to the media, Depp said that he and Heard had an agreement to do something together and clarified that it was "not necessarily an angry text" but an inquiry into why she had decided to deviate from their agreement.
"How Do You Think She Got Aquaman?"
Depp then asked Heard's lawyer how they thought she got the role in Aquaman and insisted that the message was never about her doing films.
Heard Also Got Her Turn On The Stand
She claimed that the trial against her had affected her career and mental health.
She Claimed To Have Received Death Threats
As she cried, she explained that she was getting death threats. She allegedly got hundreds of threats from Depp's fans every day.
Someone Responded To Her Outburst On Facebook
"Then she should have never lied about all this. She did this to herself. And gets what she deserves."
Another wondered why she was always smiling and laughing through the trial if she felt so threatened and scared.
Heard Accused Depp Of Doing Nothing To Stop The Abuse She Was Getting From His Fans
Heard complained that she was getting "harassed, humiliated, threatened" every day after the beginning of the defamation trial.
People Want To Kill Her
She claimed that people were telling her they wanted to kill her every day. They were also saying they wanted to put her baby in the microwave.
Camille Vasquez Talked About Heard's Alleged Lies During Her Cross-Examination
Depp's lawyer claimed that Heard's lies had been exposed to the world.
Vasquez Questioned Heard About Her Testimony
She told Heard that her lies had been exposed to the world several times.
Heard Claimed She Had Not Lied About Anything
Vasquez referred to the incident in which she told the court that she had punched him because she thought he had pushed Kate Moss down the stairs.
Kate Moss testified in the trial, denying the allegations.
Heard Said She Knew How Many People Would Come Out To Support Johnny
Heard claimed that many people knew of the rumor about him pushing Kate Moss and that several people had told her about it. This was the reason she recalled it when Depp became violent and tried to hit her and her sister.
She went on to say that she did not expect her to show up but also claimed that it did not matter since it did not change what crossed her mind when she thought Depp was going to kill her sister.
Vasquez Was Praised As A Fantastic Lawyer
Many people praised Vasquez over her skills as a lawyer, and she asked Heard why so many people had testified on Depp's behalf.
Some of those who testified on his behalf included Kate Moss, LAPD officers Tyler Hadden and William Gatlin, Shannon Curry, and others.
Heard Claimed Many People Would Testify In Depp's Support
According to Heard, many people were going to testify on Depp's behalf and say whatever they could to show their support because that was "his power," and they wanted to be part of the "Johnny Depp show." She claimed this was the very reason she wrote an op-ed.
As The Trial Came To An End, Heard's Lawyers Did Everything They Could To Prove Depp Was A Violent Man
Heard's legal team brought up comments he made while speaking to Premiere magazine in 1995 when he said:
"I have a lot of love in me and a lot of anger inside me as well. If I love somebody, then I'm gonna love 'em. If I'm angry and I've got to lash out or hit somebody, I'm going to do it. And I don't care what the repercussions are. Anger. Doesn't pay rent. It's gotta go. It's gotta be evicted."
Depp Said He Was Talking About Paparazzi
However, Depp did not confirm that he had made the comments.
With The Trial Ending, The Jury Will Have To Decide The Case Based On Twelve Words
People have been saying a lot of things as the jury deliberates on the case.
Some Believe Depp Is The Abused, Regardless Of What The Jury Decides
One person claimed that they believed that Depp was a victim of domestic violence. The person thinks that the trial has given him a chance to talk about the abuse he suffered in their years together.
"The truth is out, and that's all that matters."
Johnny Should Get His Life Back
Another hoped that the jury would give Depp the justice he deserves and ensure he gets his life back.
Some People Were Of A Different Opinion
Another person felt that it was clear that Depp was out to destroy Heard, just as Heard's lawyer had claimed. The person hoped that Heard would win even though they "co-abused each other or whatever" because Depp was highly successful while Heard was not on the same level.
A Lot Of Evidence Has Been Presented In Court
Throughout the trial, a lot of evidence, including audiotapes, pictures, videos, and texts, was presented in court. Nevertheless, the case will be decided based on 12 words.
The Words Touch On The Reason Depp Sued Heard
Depp, as you know, is suing Heard for defaming him by writing the 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post.
Depp Claimed That The Piece Destroyed His Reputation And Career
After Heard decided to countersue, a lot of new evidence was revealed in court.
Depp's Legal Team Claimed That The Op-Ed Talked About Their Relationship
Although the opinion piece did not name Depp specifically, he claimed that she was talking about him. However, Heard tried to argue that she was talking about a phenomenon in court.
She also said that Depp had a lot of influence and that she knew many people would come out to support him.
The Final Jury Verdict Rests On 12 Words
The twelve words are:
"Then, two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse."