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No verdict yet in Depp-Heard trial; jury dismissed until Tuesday

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard during their 2022 trial in Virginia. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images; Jonathan Ernst/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

No verdict was returned Friday in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial after Judge Penney Azcarate dismissed the jurors for the holiday weekend. The jury, who received the case Friday afternoon, will return Tuesday and must start deliberations by 9 a.m.

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Closing arguments wrapped earlier in the day after six weeks of testimony.

Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for $50 million over an op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post in 2018 in which she referred to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. (Depp has denied all allegations of abuse.) Heard countersued Depp for $100 million after the actor’s lawyer Adam Waldman called her accusations a hoax.

The jury, composed of seven people, must come to a unanimous decision for a verdict. They will be deciding Depp’s claim and Heard’s counterclaim at the same time.

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