Johnny Depp skips verdict hearing, Amber Heard's team slams actor
Johnny Depp will not be present in court Wednesday afternoon when the verdict in his civil suit against Amber Heard will be given out. He is in the United Kingdom on a previously scheduled work trip, his team said.
A representative for Heard slammed the actor for being out of the country, saying he took "his snickering and lack of seriousness on tour.”
“Your presence shows where your priorities are," according to a statement from Heard's camp. "Johnny Depp plays guitar in the UK while Amber Heard waits for a verdict in Virginia. Depp is taking his snickering and lack of seriousness on tour.”
A jury in Fairfax, Virginia, reached a decision in the defamation case brought by Depp against his ex-wife. The seven person panel deliberated for approximately 13 hours.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million after she wrote an essay for The Washington Post in 2018 saying she was a domestic abuse survivor. While the op-ed did not cite Depp by name, he alleged that it nevertheless had a devastating impact on his career.
Heard countersued Depp for $100 million alleging that Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, had defamed her.
During the six-week trial, both sides presented dramatically different versions of reality. Depp alleged that the Texas-born Heard, who had a starring role in "Aquaman," was the real abuser, and that she had a “need for violence.” Heard alleged that Depp had routinely hit her, particularly while either drunk or high.
The jurors heard from more than 60 witnesses, including the couple’s friends, relatives, employees, agents, doctors and therapists.
Ahead of the verdict, Depp flew to England and made surprise appearances at concerts by Jeff Beck in Sheffield on Sunday and at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Monday and Tuesday.