The jury’s deliberations against actor Johnny Depp and his ex-partner actress Amber Heard will resume this Wednesday morning. The more than 9 hours of discussion have so far not led to a unanimous decision.
The jury of the trial of Johnny Depp against Amber Heard separated on Tuesday without reaching a unanimous decision to determine whether the actor was defamed by his ex-wife, who claimed to have suffered domestic violence during their marriage.
Les seven jurors five men and two women began deliberations on Friday, concluding six weeks of debating in court in Fairfax, a small Virginia town near Washington.
But no more than 9 hours of discussion so far no decision and they will resume their deliberations this Wednesday morning.
But as the Belgian site reminds us 7sur7the whole point of the trial lies around the forum published in 2018 in the Washington Post by Amber Heard in which she claims to have been the victim of domestic violence. Although she does not quote Johnny Depp in the article at any time, he is convinced that he is the subject of these accusations. Slander responsible for the collapse of the actor’s career. He is therefore claiming $ 50 million in damages.
What questions should the jury answer?
Jurors must speak on seven questions concerning the statements, published in the forum of Amber Heard, which are as follows:
1. Were they published by Amber Heard?
2. Was the forum about Johnny Depp?
3. Were anyone other than Johnny Depp able to read this forum?
4. Were his statements false?
5. Were the allegations defamatory, did they harm Johnny Depp (loss of employment, degradation of his public image)?
6. Were they deliberately defamatory?
7. Did Amber Heard publish these allegations knowing that they were false, with the intent to cause harm?
Johnny Depp wins trial if …
Four questions are crucial as to the outcome of the trial. These are questions 2/4/6 and 7. If the jury decides unanimously to answer “yes” to these questions, then Johnyy Depp wins the trial. Otherwise, the outcome could be very different.
If the jurors find Amber Heard guilty, the actress will have to pay $ 50 million to his ex-partner as damages. She may also pay him only part of that sum if the jury did not answer “yes” to all the crucial questions. On the other hand, if Amber Heard wins, she will not have to pay anything to Johnny Depp and will be able to extend the case by suing him for defamation. She is claiming $ 100 million from Johnny Depp.