The jurors in the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard multimillion defamation case raised a question to the sitting judge as they deliberate their verdict.
Jurors Raised a Question to the Judge
The multimillion Defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard continues and jurors are now asking a question to the judge before they can give their verdict. They asked if Heard’s headline in an op-ed in the Washington Post titled “Spoke Up Against Sexual Violence- And Faced Our Culture’s Wrath.”
In a published article in DEADLINE, Judge Penney Azcarate said that the jurors asked if they will consider the title of the headline in the Op-Ed as defamatory or if that should be connected to the content of the statement.
She said “I think the confusion came in this particular one because the statement in question is the title of the op-ed, so I think they are confused as to whether it is the whole op-ed or the title is the statement. It is clear that the title is the statement.”
Verdict Forms of the Jury
The jurors are confused about how to weigh their verdict in the multimillion defamation case. The title of the headline is just one of the three statements they will use to determine their verdict in Depp’s case.
Meanwhile, the other seven jurors also have to decide if the following statements in the content of the Op-Ed are defamatory, according to a published article in Reuters:
- “Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”
- “I had the vantage point of seeing, in real-time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse.”
On the other hand, Heard’s legal team that the name of Johnny Depp was not mentioned in the article, however, Depp’s legal team counteracted and said that it was clear to the reader who Amber Heard was referring to in her article.
Needless to say, the seven-person jury who will give the verdict in the defamation trial will resume their discussions on Wednesday morning in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia.