Several never-seen-before pieces of evidence have been presented by both the parties in order to support their claims. The ex-couple even had medical doctors weigh in on the situation.
The legal battle
It all began when the Aquaman actress published an op-ed in Washington Post claiming that she had been a victim of domestic abuse, which in turn caused Depp to face heavy losses. This ordeal caused the 58-year-old actor to lose his widely known role of Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He then sued Heard for $50 million for defamation of character, to which his ex-wife countersued him for $100 million.
Intense scrutiny from viewers
The trial is broadcasted for everyone to see, so it’s no surprise that both the actors have been under intense scrutiny from their viewers. Depp has been receiving immense support from his followers across several social media platforms. As CNN reports:
Mr Depp's legal and strategic communications team have done an incredible job in delivering a consistent message in the courtroom and throughout the media, which I believe has helped corral the support from his fan base.
The consequences of the trial
The closing statements by both the parties were made on 27 May, and now it’s time for the jury to make the final decision. According to Inews, the jury will announce the final verdict and whether Heard really did defame her ex-husband in the Washington Post op-ed or not. If the ruling is in favour of Depp, then Heard will have to pay for the amount for damages she has caused. However, the jury can also alter the amount Depp receives.
The 36-year-old actress can also file to oppose the ruling if she wishes to as per Inews. The same scenario can be applied to Depp as well.
It was also previously reported by NBC News that Judge Penny overruled the appeal made by Depp’s legal team to dismiss the $100 million countersuit made by Heard.