The Johnny Depp and Maber heard trial has been widely discussed since it began (Picture: Getty Images)

The case has dominated headlines since it began last month, and next week the jury will return to deliberations in the defamation case brought against Amber Heard by former partner Johnny Depp.

Depp is suing Heard over her 2018 article for The Washington Post, in which she described herself as a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’.

Heard has also countersued Depp with a defamation lawsuit.

Closing arguments were delivered on Friday, May 27 before jury deliberations began the same day.

The jury took a break over the weekend in lieu of Monday’s Memorial Day Holiday and deliberations could resume Tuesday, May 31.

But how much is Amber Heard being sued for? And when will we know the verdict?

How much is Amber Heard being sued for by Johnny Depp?

Depp’s legal team is claiming $50 million (£40 million) in compensation payment for the damages caused by the 2018 article.

Depp claims that the article caused him to lose work within the film industry.

If the jury finds Heard defamed Depp, she could be ordered to pay the full $50 million or they could advise that the figure is higher or lower.

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If Heard is found by the jury to have not defamed Depp, she will not have to pay the sum.

Depp could appeal the decision in this outcome, but the verdict would unlikely change unless new evidence was found.

Although the current defamation case was brought by Depp, Heard is countersuing for $100 million (£79 million).

This comes after Adam Waldman, who was part of Depp’s legal team, called Heard’s claims against him ‘a hoax’

Johnny Depp is suing Heard for defamation (Photo by Getty Images)

When could the jury reach a verdict in the case?

Deliberations began on Friday, May 27 following closing arguments from both parties.

Due to the US federal holiday, Memorial Day, on May 30, the jury took a break over the weekend.

The jury will return to continue its discussions on Tuesday, May 31.

It is unknown when a verdict will be returned on the case, as deliberations can take hours, days, and weeks to review the evidence and deliver a verdict.

In this case, all seven jurors must be in agreement to reach a unanimous verdict.

While plenty has been discussed throughout the trial, the jury’s job is to answer the following question: Did Heard defame Depp in her 2018 Washington Post article?

What was said in the closing arguments?

Following six weeks of emotional scenes, both parties delivered their closing arguments on day 24 of the trial.

Depp’s team went first as the arguments were heard on Friday, May 27, with Camille Vasquez repeatedly calling Heard a liar.

Vasquez accused Heard of doctoring photos and evidence within the case as well as pointing out Heard had revised her testimony at points in the trial.

Ben Chew, another of Depp’s lawyers, argued that no other former partners of Depp had come forward with their own claims of abuse.

Johnny Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez gives closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse (Picture: Getty Images)

Chew also said: ‘This case for Mr Depp has never been about money, it is about Mr Depp’s reputation and freeing him from the prison in which he has lived for the last six years.’

Heard’s lawyer Ben Rottenborn said that for the jury to side with his client, they need to agree that Depp abused Heard on at least one occasion.

Rottenborn also referred to multiple instances of Depp describing himself as ‘a monster’.

He also said that scrutiny over Heard’s evidence set a dangerous precedent for victims of abuse.

Rottenborn said: ‘If you didn’t take pictures, it didn’t happen. If you did take pictures, they’re fake. If you didn’t tell your friends, they’re lying. If you did tell your friends, they’re part of the hoax.’


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