Johnny Depp-Amber Heard jury continues deliberations

Jurors contemplating opposing lawsuits introduced by former spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have continued deliberations after sending a query to the choose overseeing the trial on the actors’ multimillion-dollar defamation claims.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star, 58, sued Heard in Virginia for $US50 million ($A70 million) and argued she defamed him when she referred to as herself “a public determine representing home abuse” in a newspaper opinion piece.

Heard, 36, countersued for $US100 million, saying Depp smeared her when his lawyer referred to as her accusations a “hoax”.

Depp and Heard met in 2011 whereas filming The Rum Diary and wed in February 2015. Their divorce was finalised about two years later.

On the centre of the case in in Fairfax County Circuit Court docket is a December 2018 opinion piece by Heard within the Washington Publish wherein she made the assertion about home abuse. The article didn’t point out Depp by identify however his lawyer informed jurors it was clear that Heard was referring to him.

After about 4 hours of deliberations on Tuesday, the seven-person jury requested Decide Penney Azcarate to reply whether or not they need to think about the whole article or simply the headline.

The headline mentioned Heard “spoke up in opposition to sexual violence – and confronted our tradition’s wrath”.

Azcarate mentioned she would inform the jury the headline was the assertion they need to think about to succeed in their verdict.

Testimony throughout the six-week trial featured a litany of lurid particulars of their quick, unstable and sad marriage.

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Heard testified that Depp bodily or sexually assaulted her greater than a dozen occasions.

Throughout his testimony, Depp testified that he by no means struck Heard, that she concocted the abuse allegations, and that she was the one who bodily attacked him, a number of occasions.

Throughout closing arguments, either side informed the jury {that a} verdict of their favour would give their shoppers their lives again.

Jurors are scheduled to renew deliberations on Wednesday.

Reuters with AP