FAIRFAX, Virginia — The jury in the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard defamation case asked a question Tuesday after hours of deliberating.
Jurors wanted to know if they are to determine whether Heard made defamatory claims in her entire 2018 op-ed or just the headline.
After some discussion between Heard's and Depp's legal teams, they agreed that the jury should just consider the headline. The jury was subsequently instructed to leave out the rest of the op-ed, with the exception of certain excerpts that they must consider.
The excerpts include: "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" and "I had the rare vantage point of seeing in real time how institutions protect men accused of abuse."
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Depp's attorney, Benjamin Chew, filed a motion Tuesday to strike a comment made by Heard's legal team during closing arguments in which they claimed that the jury's "decision in this case 'would send a message to every victim of domestic abuse everywhere.'"
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Judge Penney Azcarate explained that she will not rule on the motion since the jury is in deliberation.