The seven jurors and two alternates in Johnny Depp's defamation trial against Amber Heard began listening to closing arguments from the celebrities' attorneys Friday morning.

After six weeks of testimony, two representatives from each side made their initial closing arguments in Depp's defamation lawsuit for $50 million and Heard's countersuit for $100 million, also for defamation.


Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez kicked off closing arguments by reiterating witnesses' testimonies because they won't be made available to the jury during deliberation in either video or transcript form.

She once again played a clip of the actress saying, "Tell the world, Johnny," about the physical fights they'd had in their relationship. Audio clips similar to this one have been uploaded to a laptop that will be provided in the deliberation room for the jurors to reference.

"Ms. Heard never thought she would be held accountable," Vasquez said. The lawyer called Heard's testimony "the role of her lifetime," tantamount to her breakout role in Aquaman.

After about 45 minutes, Vasquez turned her time over to fellow Depp attorney Benjamin Chew. He outlined the actor's life story, going back to his allegedly abusive childhood and noting that even though his mother physically and emotionally abused him, she went on to live next door to him as he raised his own children. Chew also noted that none of Depp's previous partners have made similar allegations before or since those of Heard.

"Ms. Heard lied to you twice when she suggested he pushed Kate Moss down the stairs," Chew said, to an objection from Heard's team, which was overruled by Judge Penney Azcarate. Chew and Vasquez combined spent roughly an hour and 20 minutes of their allotted two hours to make their first closing argument.

Heard's lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn started closing arguments for the actress's side, mainly giving a rebuttal to Depp's team's closing arguments. Rottenborn told the jury that he was sharing the real side of "America's favorite pirate" by mostly reiterating Heard's own testimony of the alleged physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The lawyer did not shy away from his client's self-admitted imperfections, which included hitting Depp and doing drugs.

"Ms. Heard's not perfect," Rottenborn said. "Nobody is."

Rottenborn's colleague Elaine Bredehoft then set the case for Heard's counterclaim, asking the jury to "be fair and hold [Depp] responsible." Bredehoft outlined the alleged defamatory statements that Depp's former attorney Alex Waldman made in 2020 and after. Depp's representation has attempted to separate Waldman's statements from the actor, claiming they were made without his knowledge and saying Waldman was working as more of an independent contractor at the time.

"Isn't that so typical of Mr. Depp?" Bredehoft said in reference to Depp's defense against the counterclaim. "He doesn't take responsibility for anything, so he's going to blame his lawyer."


Depp's legal team objected three times during Bredehoft's closing argument. Heard's team spoke for nearly all of their allotted two hours, leaving only about 6 minutes to refute Depp's team's counterclaim rebuttal Friday afternoon.

You can catch up on previous testimony here.