What to know as the jury deliberates a verdict in Depp-Heard trial

Who testified to what? What will determine the outcome? What’s the scene like in and out of the courtroom?

Johnny Depp at the Fairfax County Courthouse on May 24; and Amber Heard in court on April 27. The two movie stars have sued one another in a contentious defamation trial that is now in its sixth week. Closing arguments are expected Friday, May 27. (Left: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images. Right: Jonathan Ernst/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

After six weeks, the contentious defamation trial between actors and former spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard went to a jury Friday afternoon. The jury is expected to resume their deliberations Tuesday morning.

Depp filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife over a 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post, in which she referred to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. Depp, seeking $50 million, claims that even though Heard did not name him, the piece damaged his reputation and career because she was referring to the period two years prior, when she filed for divorce and a restraining order; Depp has denied all claims of abuse. Heard then countersued Depp for $100 million after his lawyer said her allegations were false in three statements in the press.

The trial is being held in the Fairfax County Courthouse, since The Post’s servers and printing presses are in Fairfax County. The Post is not a defendant in the case. The trial also came after Depp lost a libel case in 2020 in which he sued the British tabloid the Sun, and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, for publishing a story referring to Depp as a “wife beater.”

The jury is deciding two verdicts at once as it deliberates over both Depp and Heard’s defamation claims. Here’s everything we know so far.

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