When will the Depp v Heard verdict be ready?

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Photo credit: Getty Images/Jennifer Savin/Jaime Lee
Photo credit: Getty Images/Jennifer Savin/Jaime Lee

For the past six weeks, the world has been gripped by Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's incredibly public defamation lawsuit, which sees Depp arguing that Heard defamed him (and subsequently derailed his career) when she described herself as a figure representing domestic abuse in a Washington Post op-ed.

Heard's team are counter suing for $100 million and have argued that the piece did not name Depp and that by calling her allegations false rumours, Heard's career is the one that has suffered extreme and unwarranted damage.

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Both legal teams have alleged physical and verbal abuse from the other party.

The trial has seen an endless list of witnesses, including former staff members, Depp's ex-girlfriend Kate Moss, Heard's sister Whitney and a string of experts, including psychologists and a forensic expert, who was drafted in to give an opinion on whether or not certain images that were submitted as evidence have been tampered with.

Photo credit: STEVE HELBER
Photo credit: STEVE HELBER

When will the Depp v Heard verdict be ready?

Last Friday (27 May) saw both Depp and Heard's teams present their final closing arguments to the judge and jury, who then took a break for the weekend. Ordinarily they would be expected to return to debate the vast mound of evidence presented today (Monday 30 May), however as it's Memorial Day holiday weekend in America, they've been given today as respite.

This means, the soonest we're likely to get an update on the Depp v Heard verdict is tomorrow – but that seems pretty farfetched, given that the jurors have six weeks worth of testimonies, audio recordings, video footage and images to read through before making a decision.

Whilst there's not a fixed date for when a verdict is expected to be given, we can assume it'll be at some point this week.

When making their closing arguments, Depp's team said that Heard had given the 'performance of her life' on the stand and urged the jury to give Depp 'his life back'. In contrast, Heard's legal team said Depp had subjected her to an insidious 'campaign of global humiliation' and told jurors that to rule in Depp's favour would make them an 'accomplice' to his alleged abuse.

Who will win out of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard?

When speaking to Hearst UK recently, LA-based entertainment and criminal defense lawyer, Michael Mandell, said that whatever the legal ruling may be, it could be argued that the 'true' winner of this case is whoever has dominated in the court of public opinion.

'Consider this: is Depp more concerned about being able to tell his side of the story to an engaged and large audience than actually winning?' the expert put forth. 'Doubtlessly, a scenario exists where Depp loses his case and Heard loses her counterclaim. That would be a win and a loss for both although perhaps, ultimately, Depp can live with being viewed as an unhealthy partner, but not a person who would physically harm a significant other.'

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