The fate of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard – and whether either side will be liable for millions in damages in their dueling defamation cases – lies in the hands of a Virginia jury.
Seven jurors overseeing the Fairfax trial will decide whether Heard, 36, defamed Depp, 58, when she wrote a 2018 Washington Post op-ed piece calling herself “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
“The jury is going to determine damages for both the claim and the counterclaim,” sources close to Heard’s legal team told The Post.
“If the jury finds Amber was liable for Mr. Depp it would determine damages, if it found that Mr. Depp was liable for Amber’s counterclaims it makes a determination of damages.”
The “Aquaman” actress – who once dated Depp and was married to him for 15 months – does not risk prison time since she doesn’t face any criminal charges, just civil claims.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor filed his $50 million defamation suit against Heard claiming she harmed his reputation and career – costing him tens of millions – when she penned the op-ed.
Depp denies ever physically hurting Heard, and has claimed that she was the abusive one in their relationship. Heard, meanwhile, has accused Depp of assaulting her dozens of times.
The actress then filed defamation counterclaims for $100 million — alleging Depp was carrying out a “smear campaign” to ruin her life.
Closing arguments are set for May 27 and the jury could begin deliberating the estranged couple’s fate soon after.
If the jury doesn’t find Heard should be on the hook in Depp’s case, she would be entitled to recoup the cost of her legal fees from Depp. That amount would be determined by a judge at a later point, the sources said.