Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard: No verdict yet, but the jury will reconvene today.
The jury in the contentious defamation trial between "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard adjourned for the day on Tuesday without reaching a judgement.
The jury's deliberations will begin on Wednesday morning in Fairfax County Circuit Court, near the US capital.
On Tuesday, the panel convened for seven hours, and on Friday, it met for two hours.
On Friday, closing statements in the high-profile case concluded a six-week trial that included charges and counterclaims of domestic violence.
Depp, 58, travelled to England over Memorial Day weekend and made surprise cameos at Jeff Beck concerts in Sheffield on Sunday and the Royal Albert Hall in London on Monday.
Depp, a guitarist, has his own band, the Hollywood Vampires, featuring Aerosmith's Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.
Depp sued Heard in December 2018 for an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in which she portrayed herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse."
The Texas-born Heard, who played Mera in "Aquaman," did not identify Depp in the article, but he has sued her for insinuating he was a domestic abuser and is demanding $50 million in damages.
Heard, 36, countersued for $100 million, saying that he subjected her to "rampant physical assault and abuse."
During the trial, dozens of witnesses testified, including Depp's bodyguards, Hollywood executives, agents, entertainment business specialists, physicians, friends, and family.
Depp and Heard both testified for days during the televised trial, which was attended by hundreds of "Pirates" fans and was supported by a #JusticeForJohnnyDepp social media campaign.
The jury was given video and audio recordings of the couple's furious, profanity-laced fights, as well as images of injuries purportedly sustained by Heard throughout their turbulent relationship.
Hours of testimony were devoted to a gruesome finger injury sustained by Depp while filming a "Pirates" movie in Australia in March 2015.
When Heard hurled a vodka bottle at Depp, he claimed the tip of his finger was severed. Heard stated that she had no idea how the injuries occurred.
Both agreed that Depp used the bloodied digit to scribble inscriptions on walls, lampshades, and mirrors.
Heard said Depp would turn into a physically and sexually abusive "monster" during alcohol and drug binges, and that he refused her repeated attempts to limit his drinking and drug usage.
Depp said that Heard was the one who was frequently aggressive, and that listening to "outlandish" claims of domestic violence levelled against him was "cruel."
"No human being is flawless, definitely not any of us, but I have never committed sexual violence or physical assault in my life," he stated.
In May 2016, Heard, who was married to Depp from 2015 to 2017, filed a restraining order against him for domestic abuse.
Depp, a three-time Oscar contender, sued the British tabloid The Sun in London for libel for branding him a "wife-beater." In November 2020, he lost that case.
Both parties have alleged that their Hollywood careers have been harmed.