Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation (Pictures: AP/Reuters)

Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard is coming to an end, with closing arguments set to be presented to the court soon.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 58, is seeking $50million in damages over a 2018 op-ed the 36-year-old penned in 2018, in which she discussed her experiences with domestic violence but did not mention him by name.

The proceedings are being held at Fairfax County Courthouse, in Virginia, and is also being livestreamed on YouTube.

Judge Penney Azcarate is presiding over the case, which began last month, before the jury begins their deliberations.

Who is Judge Penney Azcarate?

Judge Penney Azcarate is in charge of proceedings in Depp’s case, and has more than a decade of experience to her name.

Judge Penney Azcarate is presiding over the case (Picture: AFP)

She is currently Chief Justice of the 19th Circuit in Virginia, where she has presided since 2015.

The legal expert graduated from Scalia Law, George Mason University, in 1998 and became an assistant Commonwealth attorney for five years, before switching this up to enter private practice.

In 2008, she made history when she was elected to serve on the General District Court Bench, becoming the first female judge of that court.

Seven years later, Judge Azcarate was elevated to the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

She was elevated to the Fairfax County Court in 2015 (Picture: AFP)

In this time, she has worked on an initiative to create the Veterans Treatment Docket in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to help veterans suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues.

Before practicing law, she served on active duty with the United States Marine Corps and in the reserves while she attended law school.

Why is Johnny Depp suing Amber Heard?

Depp is seeking $50million in damages (Picture: AP)

Depp has taken legal action on his former partner over an article she wrote in the Washington Post, titled: ‘I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change’.

While his name was not mentioned in the op-ed, his lawyers have said that this implies Heard was subjected to abuse during their marriage – something he has denied.

The Aquaman actress is countersuing for $100million, alleging that he libeled her by calling her a liar.

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The bombshell case began in April and has since seen the former couple appear on the stand to discuss their relationship.

As well as this, a number of others have testified, including Kate Moss, Heard’s sister and Depp’s former bodyguard.

The trial continues.

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