Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Trial Coverage: If No Friday Verdict, Jury to Reconvene After Holiday

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  • Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million over an op-ed she wrote in 2018. He claims it damaged his career.
  • Amber Heard did not name Depp in the article, entitled, "I spoke up against sexual violence—and faced our culture's wrath. That has to change." His lawyers argue it was obviously about him.
  • The jury began deliberations Friday afternoon after listening to closing arguments from Depp's and Heard's teams.
  • This marked the sixth and final week of the trial. Both Depp and Heard again took the stand this week. Kate Moss testified via video on behalf of Depp.
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Amber Heard (L) and Johnny Depp (R) are returning to court for the final day of their defamation trial on Friday. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

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If No Friday Verdict, Jury to Reconvene After Holiday

Jurors for the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial began deliberations after closing arguments ended on Friday.

Attorneys for Depp and Heard summarized the main points of their arguments in the case before Judge Penney Azcarate presented the jury with their final instructions and dismissed them from the courtroom.

Camille Vasquez, an attorney for Depp, said in her rebuttal to the Heard legal team's closing arguments that the evidence "overwhelmingly shows that Ms. Heard is an abuser and that she is a liar."

She called on the jury to "ask yourselves why Mr. Depp would put himself through this" if he were guilty.

"We ask you, we implore you, to render a verdict for Mr. Depp. We ask you to set the record straight that he is not the abuser she described and that she is not the heroic survivor she portrayed. And we ask you to tell Ms. Heard that what she did was wrong," Vasquez said.

Depp gave Vasquez a hug after her rebuttal was over.

Benjamin Rottenborn, an attorney for Heard, then presented his rebuttal in response to Vasquez's. He asked the jury to "hold Mr. Depp accountable for his actions."

"Stand up for victims of domestic abuse everywhere who suffer in silence," Rottenborn said. "Stand up for the freedom of speech, the freedom to speak about your life, that the First Amendment protects. Give Amber Heard her voice back. Give Amber Heard her life back."

Earlier this week, Azcarate told the jury they would be permitted to deliberate as late into the evening as they wished "within reason." The jury can decide when they break for lunch and the times at which they take other collective breaks.

If no verdict is reached by the end of the day on Friday, the jury will pause their deliberations over the Memorial Day weekend. Jurors will then reconvene on Tuesday no later than 9 a.m., Azcarate said.

The jury's deliberations will continue until they reach a verdict.

Jury likely to reconvene after Memorial Day
Actor Johnny Depp talks with his attorney, Camille Vasquez, after she spoke during the rebuttal portion of closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 27, 2022. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Mermaids, Fans Wait in Rain for Depp and Heard

After a long six weeks, closing arguments are over and jury deliberations have started in the defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

Depp left court Friday afternoon the same way he arrived, to a crowd of cheering fans. He waved to fans as he drove by.

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Actor Johnny Depp waves to supporters from his vehicle as he leaves a Fairfax County Courthouse May 27, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images
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Johnny Depp waves to supporters from his vehicle as he leaves a Fairfax County Courthouse May 27, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Heard Leaves Court:

Amber Heard was seen leaving court alongside her sister Whitney Henriquez Friday afternoon. Some onlookers gave Heard a thumbs down as she left, according to Getty.

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Amber Heard departs the Fairfax County Courthouse on May 27, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
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Onlookers jeer and gesture as actress Amber Heard departs the Fairfax County Courthouse on May 27, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Mermaids Outside of the Courthouse:

Fans braved the rain as they waited outside of the Fairfax County Courthouse for Depp and Heard. Two women dressed as mermaids sat in chairs with umbrellas.

Earlier Friday, fans dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow were outside of the courthouse and alpacas wearing pirates hats have repeatedly been brought to the courthouse over the course of the trial.

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Supporters of actor Johnny Depp wait in the rain outside of Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, VA, on Friday, May 27, 2022. Craig Hudson/AP Photo

Depp Hugs Vasquez, Chew After Closing Arguments

Johnny Depp hugged his attorneys Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew at the conclusion of closing arguments Friday.

Depp shook Chew's hand and hugged him when he returned to his seat in the courtroom.

Depp and attorney Camille Vasquez also hugged one another when she returned to her seat after her rebuttal in closing arguments. Depp also patted her on the head.

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Johnny Depp talks with his attorney Camille Vasquez after she spoke during rebuttal during closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Friday, May 27, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Depp, Vasquez and Chew were later seen patting one another on the back.

Judge Receives Applause as Trial Ends

The courtroom burst into a round of applause for Judge Penney Azcarate after closing arguments ended on Friday.

Before the display of thanks began, Azcarate gave the jury their final instructions and dismissed them to begin deliberations.

"All right, it is out of my hands," she told the courtroom as the jurors headed to the jury room.

Azcarate then thanked both parties' attorneys for their "professionalism" and "hard work" throughout the case, as well as for the "kindness and the great demeanor" they showed her staff, the courthouse staff, the deputies and the local sheriff's department.

"I really appreciate it. It means a great deal to me," she said.

Moments later, people throughout the courtroom began clapping. Depp joined in, as did members of his legal team and Heard's.

"Well, that's a first," Azcarate said of the applause.

Elaine Bredehoft, one of Heard's attorneys, then told Azcarate the deputies and courthouse staff have been "absolutely phenomenal." Benjamin Chew, one of Depp's attorneys, chimed in to agree.

"Well, good," Azcarate told Chew. "I'm glad on the last day we finally have an agreement."

Judge Azcarate receives applause as trial ends
Judge Penney Azcarate gives the jury instructions after closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 27, 2022. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Give Heard 'Her Voice Back,' Rottenborn Asks Jurors

Heard's team only had six minutes remaining of the total allotted time for its rebuttal in closing arguments.

Attorney Benjamin Rottenborn addressed the jury, asking they stand up for victims of domestic abuse and freedom of speech as they deliver a verdict.

"Give Amber Heard her voice back, give Amber Heard her life back," he said.

Rottenborn told jurors if they believe that Depp was abusive to Heard one time in "any way," verbally, physically, sexually, emotional etc, their job is "very easy."

"You can not only deny Mr. Depp's claim, but you can fight for Amber on her counterclaim," he said. "And it's interesting that Miss Vasquez just changed her theory after six weeks... she said 'oh, well domestic abuse just means physical abuse'." Rottenborn pushed back, saying that's not what Depp nor the various psychiatrists who testified said.

He also called the suggestion that Heard's abuse allegations are a hoax "vicious and vile."

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Amber Heard's attorney Benjamin Rottenborn speaks at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Friday, May 27, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Heard Gave 'Performance of Her Life' at Trial

Before the jury went to deliberate the case, Johnny Depp's attorney said Amber Heard "gave the performance of her life" while taking the stand over the course of the trial.

Camille Vasquez addressed the jury for the rebuttal section of closing arguments Friday afternoon. The legal teams for Depp and Heard presented their initial closing arguments earlier Friday before court broke for lunch.

Vasquez began her rebuttal to the Heard legal team's closing arguments by describing Heard's "story" as "a constantly moving target" that "doesn't hold up" and "never stays the same."

Vasquez said Heard "was never going to stop" calling Depp an abuser without the current trial.

Vasquez questioned earlier suggestions by Heard's legal team that Depp mainly had witnesses speaking on his behalf who were also on his payroll. She proceeded to list several of the people who supported Depp in court, ending with Kate Moss, who testified on Depp's behalf earlier this week.

"These people have nothing to gain by coming forward," Vasquez said. "They have everything to lose."

The attorney went on to reference how Heard spoke and behaved while testifying in court. Heard "gave the performance of her life" while on the stand, Vasquez said.

Jury Dismissed to Begin Deliberations

Judge Penney Azcarate released the jury to begin deliberations just before 3 p.m. EST Friday afternoon.

Jurors are being provided with a laptop containing audio and video files submitted to evidence and shown in the trial. Azcarate reminded jurors they cannot use information from any other source to help in deciding the case. The jury must reach a unanimous verdict.

Azcarate thanked jurors for their service, saying she realizes it's been a "huge sacrifice," as the trial stretched for six weeks.

Two alternate jurors were dismissed.

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Judge Penney Azcarate displays instructions to the jury at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Friday, May 27, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Depp's Team Begins Rebuttal Closing Arguments

Depp's team began its rebuttal closing arguments after the lunch break.

Camille Vasquez is addressing jurors and asserting that Heard lied about the abuse allegations against Depp.

Vasquez said Heard has "no right to tell the world" that Depp assaulted her when it is not true.

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Johnny Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez gives closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Friday, May 27, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Heard Lawyer Says Trial is 'Psychological Abuse'

Before lunch, attorney Elaine Bredehoft said the jury "can't restore his reputation" while addressing her client Amber Heard's counterclaim against Johnny Depp.

Benjamin Chew, an attorney for Depp, said during his team's closing arguments earlier Friday that the case was "about Mr. Depp's reputation" in the wake of Heard's 2018 op-ed.

Bredehoft touched upon the previous Depp-Heard trial that took place about two years ago in the United Kingdom. During that trial, Depp "told his story," she said.

"He had his opportunities," Bredehoft continued. "He had his full opportunities to do all of that, and he came in here and lied to you and said he's here to get his reputation back."

That argument from Depp was "just one of many lies in this case," Bredehoft said. She went on to say the current trial was a form of "psychological abuse" and a way for Depp to "go after" Heard.

"Here we are, six weeks of your time, precious time. Six weeks of this court's time—for what? For nothing," Bredehoft said. "Only to go after Amber. That's psychological abuse. He's going after Amber for nothing, because he wants to put her through this again, the third time."

Heard's counterclaim is how she is "fighting back," Bredehoft said.

"She finally has said, 'Enough," Bredehoft said. "And we're asking you to finally hold this man responsible. He has never accepted responsibility for anything in his life."

Heard lawyer says trial is ’psychological abuse’
Actor Amber Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, speaks during closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 27, 2022. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Lunch Break

Court is taking a one-hour lunch break after jurors listened to closing arguments all morning.

After lunch, the jury will hear rebuttal closing arguments from Heard and Depp's teams. Depp's team has 39 minutes remaining, Heard's team has six minutes.

Court will reconvene at 2:10 p.m. EST.

Weather Alert Interrupts Closing Arguments

What was initially believed to be an Amber Alert interrupted court as Amber Heard's team presented closing arguments late Friday morning.

A warning alert blared from some cell phones in court, it was later determined to be a weather alert.

Heard's attorney Benjamin Rottenborn stopped in the middle of closing arguments as the warning went off for a few seconds.

"There appears to be an amber alert, but I think we're okay," Judge Penney Azcarate said.

"People are getting it I guess on their phones that weren't silenced," she said. Rottenborn then continued his argument.

Reporters inside the courtroom said the alert was a storm warning for Fairfax County.

Revisiting Depp as the 'Monster'

Benjamin Rottenborn, one of Amber Heard's attorneys, launched closing arguments for Heard's legal team by revisiting the idea of Johnny Depp as a "monster."

Rottenborn began by saying the op-ed Heard penned in December 2018 would have been "very different" if she had written about all of her experiences. Now, he said Depp's team must prove that defamation was "designed and intended." He said Heard did not write or approve the headline of the op-ed piece, and said she cannot be blamed for a headline she herself did not write.

"This whole case is about blaming Amber Heard for things she didn't do," he said.

Depp is "trying to fool you" by saying he was never abusive toward Heard, Rottenborn said. If the evidence shows Depp was abusive toward Heard even once, he said, then Heard wins the case.

"They're trying to trick you into thinking Amber has to be perfect in order to win," the attorney said.

As he spoke, Rottenborn reviewed a tweet Heard posted in which she shared a link to the op-ed in late 2018, showed the copy from text messages he said Depp sent, and played a video that he said showed Depp "behaving violently."

"This is the real Johnny Depp," he said of the texts. Of the video, he said it showed Depp as the "monster."

"Mr. Depp thought he could hide it. He thought he could hide the monster," Rottenborn said. "That's why he lied in insurance forms that he'd have to fill out in order to act."

Revisiting Depp as the ‘monster’
Actor Amber Heard’s attorney, Benjamin Rottenborn, speaks during closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 27, 2022. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Depp Reacts as Evidence Video Played

Jurors were again showed the video of Johnny Depp slamming kitchen cabinets as Heard's team presented its closing arguments Friday.

Depp is agitated in the video, walking around wearing sunglasses and a cowboy hat as Heard filmed.

After the video, Heard's attorney Benjamin Rottenborn turned to jurors and asked, "do you see Miss Heard laughing in that?" She's not laughing in that."

"Mr. Depp in this courtroom right now is laughing and making snide remarks as that video is being played, but it's not a laughing matter," Rottenborn said, as Depp and his attorneys sat feet away.

"Who does that?" he questioned. "Who does that?"

Heard's Team Begins Closing Arguments

Heard's team has started its closing arguments.

Attorney Benjamin Rottenborn began addressing the jury. Like Depp's team, Rottenborn thanked jurors for carefully listening to testimony for six weeks.

Rottenborn told jurors the "key question" they must answer is if Heard had the right, under the First Amendment, to write what was written in the 2018 op-ed.

He urged jurors to re-read the op-ed in deliberations.

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Actor Amber Heard's attorney Benjamin Rottenborn speaks during closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 27, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Vasquez Calls Heard's Allegations Unproven and Wild

Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez called Amber Heard's allegations against her client "wild" and told jurors they either believe "all of it or none of it."

"We have a mountain of unproven allegations that are wild and over the top," Vasquez said during closing arguments.

"You can't pick and choose which of these wild allegations to believe, and which ones to disregard. You either believe all of it or none of it. Either Mr. Depp sexually assaulted Miss Heard with a bottle in Australia, or Miss Heard got up on that stand, in front of all of you, and made up that horrific tale of abuse."

"Either she's a victim of truly horrific abuse or she's a woman who is willing to say absolutely anything," she said.

Vasquez told jurors the case doesn't come down to whether they believe Depp or Heard, but rather if they believe Heard or Depp and his long list witnesses who testified on his behalf.

Depp and Heard's teams will each have two hours to summarize their cases Friday, according to the Associated Press. This marks the trial's sixth week.

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Johnny Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez gives closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 27, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Trial is About Restoring Depp's 'Lost Reputation'

Attorney Benjamin Chew focused on the ways in which he said Depp's reputation has been "forever tarnished" by Heard's op-ed during the second half of closing arguments by Depp's legal team.

Chew repeatedly referred to Heard's allegations as "false" and said they had done "irreparable harm." He pointed to how Depp built his career in Hollywood over several decades but found it "impossible" to sign on for a studio film after Heard's December 2018 op-ed was published.

Heard "lies all the time," Chew said.

"Words matter. And Ms. Heard is condemned by her own words," he added.

Chew went over the questions that the jury will soon deliberate and said the answers to those questions are clear. For Depp, Chew said the case has "never been about the money," nor has it been about "punishing Ms. Heard."

The case is instead "about Mr. Depp's reputation" and about "freeing him" after the last six years, Chew said.

"While Mr. Depp's name will be forever tarnished by these horrendous and false allegations, this case is about telling you his story and the truth about what really happened, which you've now heard," Chew said. "It is about restoring his lost reputation. It's about showing Mr. Depp's children, Lily-Rose and Jack, that the truth is worth fighting for. It is."

Trial about restoring Depp's ‘lost reputation'
Actor Johnny Depp's attorney Benjamin Chew gives closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 27, 2022. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Fans Cheer as Depp Arrives to Court Friday

Johnny Depp arrived to court Friday to another crowd of cheering fans. Depp smiled and gave a thumbs up from his car.

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Fans, including a child, again gathered on the corner of the street as Depp's car pulled into the parking lot of the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse.

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One fan arrived dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Another held a sign of a Jack Sparrow quote from "Pirates of the Caribbean, as closing arguments were set to begin.

"This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow," the sign reads.

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Fans of actor Johnny Depp yell at a supporter of actress Amber Heard outside the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 27, 2022. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images
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A fan of actor Johnny Depp dressed as character Captain Jack Sparrow poses for a selfie with other fans outside the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 27, 2022. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

Fans of Amber Heard also stood among Depp fans outside of the courthouse Friday. One man held a sign reading "I stand with Amber."

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Closing Arguments Begin with Photo, Audio Evidence

Closing arguments began Friday morning shortly after Judge Penney Azcarate spelled out the instructions for the jury.

Camille Vasquez, Depp's attorney, was first to begin closing arguments. She started by pointing to the date: May 27, 2022. Six years ago to the day, Amber Heard entered a courthouse to take out a restraining order against Depp, Vasquez said.

In doing so, "she ruined his life" by alleging she had suffered abuse at the hands of Depp, Vasquez said.

Six years later, "we ask you to give Mr. Depp his life back," Vasquez said, adding that her team is also asking the jury to "hold Ms. Heard accountable."

"The scene was a set-up," Vasquez said of the date when that restraining order had been filed. "She tipped off the paparazzi so they would be waiting."

As Vasquez began going over the evidence, she peppered in photo and audio exhibits the jurors have been shown and listened to over the course of the six-week trial. She said the bruise on Heard's face that has been referred to over the course of the trial appeared days after Heard had last seen Depp. "The photos captured what she wanted them to see: the image of a battered woman," Vasquez said. She added: "The world only saw what she wanted them to see."

Two years after the restraining order, Vasquez said Heard was in the process of promoting the biggest role of her career when she wrote the op-ed piece at the center of the trial. Heard and her lawyers "love to mention" that the op-ed does not mention Depp by name, Vasquez said.

"There is an abuser in this courtroom, but it is not Mr. Depp," she said.

Vasquez went on to show photos of the People cover on which Heard appeared and played a short audio clip during which Heard spoke about Depp. She then reviewed testimony from one of Heard's assistants, who had said Heard would "scream, yell and send a barrage of text messages." Heard's best friend had said Heard once hit her, Vasquez said, and Depp described Heard's sister as being used by Heard as a "punching bag," both "literally and figuratively."

Additional audio was played, during which Depp was discussing with Heard how he would try to "escape" a fight with her by leaving a room. Vasquez reminded jurors of Depp's injured finger and later showed a photo of him with a black eye.

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Actor Johnny Depp arrives for closing arguments in the Depp v. Heard trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 27, 2022. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

WATCH: Closing Arguments

The Johnny Depp, Amber Heard trial is underway Friday morning.

As we enter day 24, attorneys will argue their final closing arguments with the jury scheduled to begin deliberation this afternoon.

If the jury does not reach a verdict on Friday, their deliberations will resume next week. The jury will not convene over Memorial Day weekend.

Heard's Emotional Testimony Sparks Jury Questions Among Depp Fans

Depp fans on Thursday questioned whether Heard did herself a disservice by revealing to jurors in her defamation trial that she has a large number of detractors online.

"I receive hundreds of death threats regularly, if not daily. Thousands since this trial has started—people mocking my testimony about being assaulted," she said while on the stand during the penultimate day of the trial.

That part of her testimony was highlighted in a viral TikTok video, which asked whether Heard has potentially hurt herself with the revelation to jurors, who are prohibited from consuming any media coverage of the trial while in progress.

Because of the law applying to jurors in active cases, those selected for the high-profile Depp-Heard trial should be unaware of any criticism, as well as support, that each star has received over the past several weeks.

A screen caption accompanying the video shared on TikTok read: "Did Amber mess up BIG TIME by saying she receives 'thousands' of death threats online??"

The screen text added that Heard "brought the internet to the courtroom" and "the judge and JURY are now aware that the whole internet is behind Johnny."

The uploader of the clip added of Aquaman star Heard that "now they know everyone doesn't believe her and hates her."

"It's tactical it's a method to try and sway the jury into thinking people just like Johnny so they feel sorry for her," wrote one commenter.

Another questioned whether Heard is seeking out the information, as she has limited comments to her Twitter and Instagram accounts.

"[Didn't] she turn off all the comments on her socials? Is she looking at edits making fun of her then," they wrote.

Meanwhile, another said of the jury: "Honestly they would have known when they entered trending twitter hashtags into evidence... they're all negative to Amber."

On May 19, social media forensic expert Ron Schnell testified that the millions of tweets using the "#JusticeForJohnny" hashtag were "all" negative toward Heard.

How Much Have Depp, Heard Paid in Legal Fees? Expert Gives Take on Tally

With Depp suing his ex-wife for $50 million and Heard countersuing for $100 million, it's clear that vast amounts of cash at stake during this trial.

And it would seem that the exes are handed out small fortunes of their own in pursuit of coming out on top in the courtroom.

Assessing how much both Depp and Heard paid for their teams, Manny Arora, of Arora Law Trial Attorneys, tallied up what he believed the total to be for Newsweek. He added up his estimation of the fees from the starting point three years ago.

"Taking an average of $600 an hour for each lawyer—Depp has seven lawyers. Plus the support staff, court costs, travel costs, etc. Then add in the six-week trial. Then add 24+ months to complete discovery and prepare for trial.

"I would say it has cost Depp at least $5.5 million for his legal team," Arora said.

As for Heard's team, Arora believes it cost her much less on account of her smaller legal team.

"I believe Heard has three lawyers from Virginia area. For her, I would say $3 million in fees plus $200k in experts," he said.

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Johnny Depp is pictured with his attorney Camille Vasquez during a break in his defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 19, 2022. SHAWN THEW/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Jennifer Howell Speaks Out About 'Equal Rights' After Testimony

Jennifer Howell, a former friend and employer of Amber Heard's sister, Whitney Henriquez, shared a statement on Instagram on Thursday about her reasons for testifying on Johnny Depp's behalf.

Howell's deposition was played in court on Tuesday, where she was shown speaking about her relationship with Henriquez.

Howell, CEO and founder of the nonprofit The Art of Elysium, said in the video that while she "loved" Henriquez, she believed she was "trying to protect her sister."

The philanthropist confirmed in the deposition that she had sent an email to her former friend and employee Henriquez in July 2020, urging her to "tell the truth" about Heard's tumultuous relationship with Depp.

"I struggled very much with what to do in a situation that I loved someone who I know is doing something very wrong and I know that they're doing it because they're trying to protect their sister and I'm trying to protect her," Howell said of the email.

"And I'm just trying to get her to wake up and do the right thing, which is tell the truth. That's the only thing that can help everyone involved in this thing."

The philanthropist had previously claimed in a declaration that Henriquez told her of Heard's alleged violence toward Depp during their relationship.

In her social media post on Thursday, Howell wrote, in part: "I told the truth for all victims of abuse. I told the truth for justice and in honor of the judicial system. I told the truth for true equality and equal rights."

"I told the truth so men can not be falsely accused because of a blanket statement of 'believe all women,'" she went on. "I told the truth for, not one but two, people I truly love very much who were not strong enough to tell the truth in this situation because of past trauma they had hurdled at them.

"I told the truth because it is the right thing to do and I might be paying for that for a long time to come but it is worth it."

Heard Rests, Closing Arguments to Begin Friday

The final day of testimony ahead of closing arguments ended early as Amber Heard's defense team rested shortly after noon on Thursday.

Judge Penney Azcarate released the members of the jury for the rest of the day so that they "can have a good restful afternoon and evening" before closing arguments, which are set to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday. The jury will start deliberating the case once closing arguments have concluded.

If the jury does not reach a verdict on Friday, their deliberations will resume next week. The jury will not convene over Memorial Day weekend, Azcarate said, but will pick the case up again no later than 9 a.m. on May 31. The jury can reconvene earlier on that day if they wish to do so, Azcarate said.

Azcarate dismissed the jury for the day with a reminder that they are not permitted to discuss the case with anyone or conduct any independent research.

The court was then released for a modified lunch break that ended at about 12:50 p.m. Court then resumed so that Azcarate could discuss jury instructions with Heard's and Depp's attorneys.

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Amber Heard testifies during the $50 million Depp vs. Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Expert Says Heard's Photos Showing Bruises Are 'Authentic'

Amber Heard's team called computer forensic investigator Julian Ackert as its first rebuttal witness for Heard's countersuit Thursday morning.

Ackert rebutted testimony provided by digital forensic expert Bryan Neumeister Wednesday that three photos showing bruises on Heard's face and arm were edited. Ackert said in his expert opinion, those three photographs are authentic and original.

"Based on the metadata that I have reviewed of the specific photographs I have reviewed, I can confirm that those are authentic, original photographs for the ones that Mr. Neumeister identified," Ackert said.

Thursday, Depp's team showed jurors two side-by-side pictures of Heard's face with a bruise. Depp's attorney pointed out that both photos have the same date, time and location of May 21, 2016 at 9:25 p.m. Ackert said the pictures are "visually different."

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An evidence photo of Amber Heard appears on a screen at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Neumeister said the files of the three photos in question didn't match "forensically" and went through "some type of transformation to change sizes."

When asked how jurors are to decide which photo is "real," Ackert answered he would need to look at the software metadata field. When Depp's team asked if all of the photos provided by Heard's team as evidence in the trial are "authentic," Ackert answered that he has no opinion.

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Julian Ackerts, a computer forensic investigator, testifies during the 50 million US dollar Depp vs Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Heard, Camille Vasquez Spar Over Photos of Bruise, Spilled Wine

Johnny Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez asked Amber Heard about a photo allegedly taken the day after Heard obtained her temporary restraining order.

Heard said she did not know when this photo was taken.

Vasquez points out that there was no bruise on her face, as was depicted in photos from the previous day when she obtained the restraining article.

Heard disagreed that there was no bruise in that photo.

"If [the photo] was taken as you represented, then obviously there is a bruise on my face," Heard said. "It's covered by makeup, as per usual."

Vasquez then asked Heard about a photo of spilled wine on her apartment floor.

Heard said she wasn't sure from which incident this image was taken, saying she was looking at a partial picture and needed to orient herself.

Vasquez pointed out that these are different versions of the same photo and that Heard testified in this trial that the photo was from the Dec. 15, 2015 incident and the May 21, 2016 incident.

Heard asked to remove the redacted metadata that would show the date from which the photos were taken.

She said the metadata is there to "avoid this confusion."

When pressed to indicate which photo was taken on which day, Heard said if you remove the redacted metadata, "you could find out."

Vasquez responded to Heard saying. "If you're telling the truth, you would know."

Heard later said that there is so many incidents of violence and so much evidence from the five-year relationship that it is difficult to remember the context of everyone.

Heard in Rebuttal
US actor Amber Heard testifies during the 50 million US dollar Depp vs Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022. - Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Vasquez asked Heard if she was surprised Kate Moss testified that the rumor Depp pushed her down the stairs was not true.

Heard said she knows people "come out of the woodwork" to support Depp.

She said everyone in the 1990s and early 2000s knew about that rumor.

"Of course that's what flashed through my head when my violent husband not only swung for me but all of a sudden swung for my sister," she said. "Of course I thought of that."

Heard said it doesn't matter whether she expected Moss to testify in this trial or not.

"It doesn't change what I believed at the time when we were on the stairs and I thought he was going to kill my sister by pushing her down the stairs," she said.

When asked if she expected the Hicksville employee and the former TMZ reporter to testify on behalf of Depp, Heard said "I know how many people would come out and support him."

"I know how many people will say whatever for him, I've seen it time and time again," she said. "That's his power. That's why I wrote the Op-Ed."

She added that Depp is a "very powerful man" and people "love currying favor to powerful men."

Heard Calls Trial the 'Johnny Depp Show'

Before the lunch break, Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez began cross-examination of Amber Heard.

Vasquez began pointing to differences between testimony given by Heard and Hicksville Trailer Palace owner Morgan Night, one of Depp's rebuttal witnesses. Heard repeatedly questioned how Night had so much knowledge of what unfolded that evening in Hicksville when he wasn't present.

"I'm not quite sure who that guy was... I know a lot of people come out of the woodwork to be involved," Heard said,

"I've heard a lot of people say a lot of things to be involved in the Johnny Depp Show."

Vasquez then pressed Heard on news tips and the video of Depp slamming kitchen cabinets received by TMZ.

Heard repeated she had "no idea" that press would be at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse the day she filed a temporary restraining order in May of 2016. She said she did not notify TMZ or any other outlet.

"Why would I want that?" Heard questioned from the stand. "What survivor of domestic violence wants that?"

Wednesday, former TMZ employee Morgan Tremaine testified that TMZ received a tip that Heard was expected to file a TRO and sent camera crews to the courthouse.

Heard was again asked about the video she took of Depp slamming kitchen cabinets. She testified that she did not send the video to TMZ and she only learned that TMZ owns the copyright to the video Wednesday because of Tremaine's testimony.

"That's news to me," Heard said.

Tremaine testified that the video sent to TMZ was shorter than the video shown during the trial. Vasquez asked Heard if she edited portions of the video that made her "look bad," as she continued to accuse her of sending the video herself.

"You're very wrong about that," Heard answered.

Heard explained that she didn't know what was edited because she hasn't seen the video TMZ obtained. Heard said if she wanted to leak the video, she could have done "a lot more with it."

Tremaine testified that he did not know who sent the video into TMZ.

Heard on stand
Johnny Depp listens as actor Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom in the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, May 26, 2022. Michael Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP

Lunch Break

Court is taking a short lunch break today and is scheduled to reconvene at 12:50 p.m.

Heard Says She Receives Threats, Harassment Daily

Amber Heard got emotional on the witness stand as she explained the impact the statements from Adam Waldman and this trial have had on her.

She said she is "harassed, humiliated and threatened every single day" because of the Waldman statements.

The harassment continues when she walks into the courtroom and sits in front of cameras reliving her trauma of "the worst things" she has lived through, Heard said.

She said Johnny Depp threatened her.

"Johnny promised me if I ever left him, he's make me think of him every day I lived," Heard said.

Those threats from Depp manifest in the "campaign" against her on social media, she said, adding that Depp enlisted "millions" of people to harass her online.

Heard said people have threatened to put her baby in the microwave and have been mocking her testimony about her alleged abuse on social media.

She said that she "can't have a career" or people associate with her because of threats.

In additional to waking up screaming and shaking, Heard said there are a set of "unspoken rules" between her friends, doctors and intimate partners on how to touch and deal with her as not to give her a panic attack or create a "triggering event." This includes filming fight scenes for "Aquaman."

Heard made a point that she is not "snickering, laughing or making jokes" in the courtroom. Depp has been seen laughing and grinning in court throughout the trail.

"This is horrible, this is painful and this is humiliating for any human being to go through," she said. "Perhaps it's easy to forget that, but I'm a human being."

Heard added that "I don't deserve this." She said this is "the most humiliating thing" she has ever gone through.

"I hope no one ever has to go through something like this," she said.

Heard said she appears "high functioning," as Dr. Curry previously testified, because she "found a solution to [her] pain."

"I was able to turn the things I lived through, the pain, into work, action and provide a voice for other people," she said.

After this trial, Heard said she hopes to reclaim her voice.

"Johnny has taken enough of my voice," she said. "I have the right to tell my story, I have the right to say what happened to me, I have the right to my voice and my name. He took it long enough."

"I hope to get my voice back, that is all I want," she added.

Heard Back on Stand in Rebuttal
US actor Amber Heard testifies during the 50 million US dollar Depp vs Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Amber Heard Takes Stand in Rebuttal Testimony

Amber Heard is back on the stand Thursday morning as part of her team's rebuttal on the counterclaim they filed against Depp.

Heard is emotional as she testifies about the "damage" she lives with because of the alleged abuse by Depp.

"I'm not sitting in this courtroom snickering... this is horrible," Heard said.

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Amber Heard during the 50 million US dollar Depp vs Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Psychologist Says Depp's Expert Witness 'Seems Confused'

Dr. Dawn Hughes, a clinical and forensic psychology, returned to the witness stand to offer a rebuttal testimony to Dr. Shannon Curry.

Curry testified in Depp's rebuttal that Hughes used improper methods and determined that Heard did not suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Hughes said Dr. Curry "seems confused" about the types of tests used to assess a patient, backing up the tests she used.

She said Heard did not test "in the extreme" for trauma symptoms, as Curry stated.

Heard endorsed her symptoms in a "moderate" and "nuanced" way, Hughes said, adding that she determined Heard's description of her symptoms were "accurate and reliable."

Hughes said Heard does meet the criteria for PTSD, adding that Curry misinterpreted the tests.

Curry added that Heard could not have PTSD because she was going about her life normally.

Hughes pushed back on this analysis, saying people with PTSD are "strong," even when they are struggling with symptoms.

She said it is like walking around with a "50 pound bag of flour on your back," just getting through the day until the button is pressed and the symptoms of PTSD come on.

People with PTSD still have impairments in other ways, Hughes added, but they go about their lives and are not totally debilitated.

Dr. Dawn Hughes
Dr. Dawn Hughes, a forensic psychologist, testifies during the 50 million US dollar Depp vs Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Cheering Fans Greet Depp at Courthouse

Johnny Depp was again greeted by cheering fans as he arrived to court Thursday morning, for what is expected to be the final two days of the trial.

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Johnny Depp waves to fans as he arrives at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Fans cheered and waved as Depp pulled up to the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse. One fan held a sign reading, "We love you Johnny, we believe you." Another had a painting of Depp wearing angel wings.

Depp smiled and waved as his driver pulled into the court parking lot.

Depp fans
Fans cheer as actor Johnny Depp arrives at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images
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A fan is interviewed after actor Johny Depp arrived for the Depp vs Heard defamation trial at Fairfax County Court on May 26, 2022, in Fairfax, Virginia. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images
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Johnny Depp arrives at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Expert Backs Depp Description of Finger Injury

Dr. Richard Gilbert, an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in hands, backs Depp's description of his finger injury.

Gilbert said Depp suffered a comminuted fracture to his finger, meaning there were multiple fragments, and soft tissue damage. There were also lacerations present, showing clean edges around the wound.

He said this was likely caused by high velocity, blunt force, describing it as a "crush injury."

Gilbert said this injury could have been sustained how Depp described it. He claims Heard threw a glass vodka bottle from a distance at his hand as it rested on a marble bar.

The thrown bottle would have had enough force to crush the tip of the finger and cause the fracture, lacerations and tissue loss.

He said that Heard's description of possible cause of injury as "highly unlikely."

Heard said during her testimony that, while she wasn't definitely sure, she suspected Depp may have lost his finger when he was allegedly punching a telephone into a wall.

Gilbert said Depp's injury was not consistent with punching a hard object. Punching with a fist would have resulted in a different injury to the knuckles and would not have resulted in tissue loss. Additionally, a punching injury would have resulted in an injury to the nail or nailbed, which Depp did not have.

He added that this was an angled injury and that the clean lacerations would be caused by large chunks of glass.

An expert witness who testified for Heard noted a lack of broken glass in Depp's finger, casting doubt over Depp's description of the cause of injury.

Gilbert said majority of the glass injuries he has seen do not have glass shards. The presence of glass is more common with finer glass, like a wine glass. A bottle would break into larger pieces.

"You can [see glass shards]," he said. "But it's not surprising if you don't."

He added that "no one can definitely say how injury occurred."

WATCH: Day 23 of Trial

The Johnny Depp, Amber Heard trial is underway Thursday morning.

Starting off day 23, Depp's team is questioning Dr. Richard Gilbert, an orthopedic surgeon.

The defense rested its case Tuesday, closing arguments are on track to begin Friday.

Lewd Text Messages

Depp has suggested that Heard's attorney had fabricated lewd text messages he is alleged to have sent to a former personal assistant about a woman named Molly.

On Wednesday, Heard's attorney, Ben Rottenborn, questioned the actor about text messages he had allegedly sent to his former assistant, Stephen Deuters.

When Rottenborn asked for evidence to be pulled up, Depp told him: "You can pull up what you like, I never said those words. There's not enough hubris in me to say anything like that."

Depp then viewed text messages as the lawyer asked him if he was looking at text messages that he had sent to Deuters in February 2017.

"No, this looks nothing like me. You might have mistaken," he said in response and later added: "That's not anything that I've ever said or written."

Depp went on to tell Rottenborn: "You could have typed it up last night."

Johnny Depp and Ben Rottenborn
Johnny Depp (L) got into a heated exchange with Amber Heard's attorney, Ben Rottenborn (R), in court on Wednesday over the origins of lewd text messages allegedly sent by the actor to his former personal assistant. Depp and Rottenborn are pictured at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia. EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images;/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

A 'Subtle Gesture'

Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez continues to receive high praise for her performance throughout the trial. A clip of her seemingly comforting the actor in the courtroom is delighting fans.

At one point during the proceedings yesterday, Depp appeared to become frustrated and stared angrily across the room at the defense.

His tense behavior prompted Vasquez to gently touch the actor's arm in what appeared to be a calming gesture and perhaps to indicate to him not to stare at Heard's lawyers.

The gesture has made it to social media where Depp fans are delighting in the moment.

One TikTok post, with more than 22,000 views, has the caption: "Stop Camille is so cute."

Johnny Depp, Camille Vasquez
US actor Johnny Depp speaks with his attorney Camille Vasquez during a defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 18, 2022. - Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. KEVIN LAMARQUE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

'Getting His Glow Back'

A clip purporting to show Depp getting his "glow" back has gone viral as the actor's court battle with Heard comes to an end this week.

The TikTok compilation of clips shows Depp from the beginning of the trial up until now with the caption: "Depp Trial Day 1 to 22. Johnny getting his glow back."

The video had clocked up more than 800,000 views on TikTok at the time of writing.

"He is more confident now!! He got his truth out there and we his relatives are behind him," reads one comment.

While another added: "I feel like his legal team just really has his back. you can tell they truly support him and have some genuine feels."

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Actor Johnny Depp watches as supporters wave as he leaves the Fairfax County Courthouse on May 25, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. The Depp v. Heard, a defamation trial brought by Johnny Depp against his ex-wife Amber Heard is in its last week of trial with closing argument scheduled on this Friday. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Depp V. Heard: The Penultimate Day in Court

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 24, 2022. - Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. Getty Images

Day 23 of Newsweek's live coverage of the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard has begun.

Today is the final day of testimony from rebuttal witnesses before closing arguments are heard tomorrow.

Court will resume at 9 a.m. in Fairfax, Virginia.

Although both sides were allocated the same amount of time to present their cases, Heard's team has only one hour and 16 minutes remaining, while Depp's has seven hours and eight minutes left.

Depp took to the stand on Thursday for the last time, as a number of rebuttal witnesses testified on his behalf.

Heard is expected to return to the stand herself today.

Court Done for the Day, Depp to Call Final Witness Tomorrow

Court has adjourned for the day.

Johnny Depp's legal team has one remaining witness for its rebuttal argument. That final witness will be heard tomorrow.

On Thursday, Amber Heard's team will also call witnesses in its rebuttal for the counterclaim against Depp.

As it stands now, Depp's team has seven hours and eight minutes left and Heard's team has one hour and 16 minutes left.

Judge Penney Azcarate said the court still expects to hear closing arguments on Friday.

Depp Spars With Defense Attorney Over Text Messages

Earlier in the trial, Heard's lawyer Ben Rottenborn asked Depp about a text exchange with his former personal assistant Stephen Deuters.

He asked Depp if he ever said a woman is "rightfully" his if he wants to have sex with her. Depp called that assertion "ludicrous."

"You can pull what you like, I've never said those words," Depp said. "There's not enough hubris in me to say anything like that."

While reviewing at the text, Depp said "this looks nothing like me."

When Rottenborn said he can show the unredacted version, Depp said "that still doesn't mean it hasn't been screwed with." He claims Rottenborn could have "typed up" this evidence overnight.

"That is not anything I would ever say or written," Depp said.

Rottenborn said these texts were produced by Depp and his team in this case.

In the text, Depp allegedly wrote "Molly's p***y is rightfully mine" and "I want to change her understanding of what it is like to be thrashed about like a pleading Mackrel ... I need. I want. I take."

"I did not write that," Depp said. Heard and her legal team appeared to roll their eyes and smirk.

Depp added that "sometimes you give your phone to people to text for you," suggesting that Deuters would communicate Heard on his behalf.

Depp on the Stand
Actor Johnny Depp listens to a question as he testifies in the courtroom during his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 25, 2022. - Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Former TMZ Employee Denies Testifying for '15 Minutes of Fame'

During cross-examination of former TMZ employee Morgan Tremaine, he and Heard's lawyer Elaine Bredehoft sparred over getting their "15 minutes of fame."

Bredehoft asked if he knows this trial is being televised. Tremaine said he is aware of the cameras

"So, this gets you your 15 minutes of fame, doesn't it?" she asked him.

Tremaine smiled and said he "stands to gain nothing from this."

"I'm putting myself in the target of TMZ, a very litigious organization," he said. "And I'm not seeking any 15 minutes here."

Then he adds, to Bredehoft, that "I can say the same about taking Amber Heard as a client for you."

Witness Says She Saw Heard in Altercation at Airport

The next witness is airport employee Beverly Leonard via video link.

She testified that she saw Amber Heard get into an altercation with a traveling companion at Sea-Tac International Airport in 2009.

Leonard said Heard grabbed the other person and pulled a necklace off of her neck.

When she went to break up the fight to prevent "further escalation or injury," Leonard said Heard was dismissive and said everything was fine.

She described Heard as being aggressive towards her companion and being unsteady on her feet, having watery and blurry eyes, Leonard added that she could smell alcohol.

Leonard said she received an anonymous email a while back about the trail and called Depp's legal team last night about testifying.

Under cross examination, Leonard said she is not testifying because she wants to be on television.

"I have no desire to get on television," she told Heard's attorney.

Witness Says She Saw Heard at Airport
Beverly R. Leonard, a worker of the airport, testifies via video link during US actor Johnny Depp's defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 25, 2022. - Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. EVELYN HOCKSTEIN / POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Digital Forensic Expert Says Heard's Photos Appear Altered

The next witness to take the stand is Norbert "Bryan" Neumeister. He is an expert in digital forensics.

His job in this case was to analyze some of the photos Amber Heard took to determine if they were altered in any way.

Digital Forensic Expert Testifies
Bryan Neumeister, a forensic and metadata specialist testifies in the courtroom during actor Johnny Depp's defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 25, 2022. - Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Neumeister showed a series of photos showing Heard was bruises on her arm and face.

He said the three photos of a bruise on Heard's arm had gone through photo editing software.

All three files "don't match forensically" and all "had to go through some type of transformation to change sizes."

While analyzing other photos showing Heard with a bruise on her face, Neumeister said the XF analytics of the photo show that the software for the file was not from an iPhone, but that it was rendered in an editing program.

When asked about his opinion on the authenticity of the photos he analyzed, Neumeister said there is "no way for any forensic expert to validate these photos."

He said his opinion in this case is that photographs were modified.

Former TMZ Employee Takes the Stand

Former TMZ employee Morgan Tremaine took the stand as a rebuttal witness Wednesday.

Tremaine was a field assignment manager at TMZ in 2016. He explained TMZ receives tips from various sources, including publicists, managers, agents, B-list celebrities and lawyers. There is an "extensive" process to verify sources.

Video of Depp Slamming Kitchen Cabinets:

TMZ received the video of Depp slamming kitchen cabinets on August 12, 2016, Tremaine said. The video was sent through TMZ's tip line, the link was sent through a "dropbox," he testified. After verification, TMZ put a copyright on the video, and it was posted to the outlet's website within a few minutes. Tremaine said the video was not edited by TMZ and no other outlets posted it because it was a TMZ exclusive. He testified that he does not know who sent the video. When asked if TMZ received any communication from Johnny Depp or his camp, he answered no.

Tremaine said the video sent to TMZ was much shorter than what was shown during the trial. He reached out to Depp's counsel a few days ago because of discrepancies between the videos. Tremaine said he wanted to help with the "timeline." Tremaine was subpoenaed Tuesday; TMZ had filed an emergency motion in an attempt to stop Tremaine from testifying in trial.

Tremaine also described several instances where he sent camera crews to cover Amber Heard, including on May 27, 2016. Tremaine said he sent photographers to the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles where Heard was expected to file a restraining order. He said the courthouse is by no means a "celebrity hotspot" and the desk would only send crews there if they were "tipped off." Crews were instructed to get footage of Heard leaving the courthouse and the alleged bruise on the right side of her face.

Tremaine in court
Morgan Tremaine, a former employee of the news organization TMZ testifies in the courtroom in the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Evelyn Hockstein/Pool photo via AP

Depp Denies He Asked Warner Bros to Fire Heard

During the cross-examination, Heard's lawyer asked Depp if he tried to get Heard fired after she obtained a temporary restraining order against him.

Depp told Ben Rottenborn that he was "hurt" by this action but said he did not try to get her fired.

Rottenborn pulled up a text change between Depp and his sister. in the message, Depp wrote "I want her replaced on that WB film," referring to the Warner Bros film "Aquaman."

Depp then denied asked other studio executives to get Heard fired.

During the redirect, Depp said he had vetted Heard for Warner Bros and "painted such a beautiful picture" of her for them.

"I had given my word to them, and I felt responsible that I had to tell them exactly what was going on and that it was going to end up ugly," he said.

Another text Depp sent to his former agent Christian Carino, suggesting that Depp was determined to ruin Heard.

The text full of explicit, graphic language.

"She's begging for total global humiliation," Depp wrote. "She's gonna get it."

He added that he was glad Heard wanted to "fight this out," adding that "she will hit the wall hard."

During the redirect, Depp explained that he was "in total shock about what was happening" to him when he wrote this message.

"My entire life on planet has been brought to head of pin," he said because of "all this completely utterly false information."

"When you're accused of horrific acts, thing you've not done, when actually some very ugly things going out there in world about you on nonstop basis by Heard and her team, you have tendency to get very irate and angry," Depp added.

Depp Saw Heard 'Grab' and 'Push Around' Her Sister

Johnny Depp testified that he has seen Amber Heard "grab" and "push around" her sister, Whitney Henriquez.

Depp referenced a physical fight between the sisters when they lived at "Orange." Depp says Heard "pushed" her sister around.

Depp said he liked Henriquez "very much" when they met and grew to love her, calling her a "sweet kid." He felt like Henriquez got the "dirty end" of the stick as it related to Heard. Depp felt as though Henriquez was trying to please Heard. Depp said that Heard would, at times, speak in a demeaning way towards Henriquez and claimed that Heard threw wine in her face in a New York elevator.

Depp testified that he never had seen any "full-on physical blowouts" between the sisters, but did see verbal ones.

Henriquez lived at the Eastern Columbia Building for a time, where Depp owned several penthouses. Depp said that Henriquez moved out long before the marriage due to an argument between she and Heard. Henriquez was again sitting in court Wednesday.

Whitney in court
Whitney Henriquez, sister of actor Amber Heard, sits in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Evelyn Hockstein/Pool photo via AP

Depp Says All of Heard's Accusations are 'False'

Before the lunch break, Johnny Depp's lawyer asked him what it was been like to listen to Heard's testimony in this trial.

Depp said it is "insane" to hear "heinous accusations" of sexual violence attributed to him by Heard.

"I don't think anyone enjoys having to split themselves open, to tell the truth," he said. "But there's times when one simply has to because things have gotten out of control."

He called the accusations "horrible, ridiculous, humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage."

Depp said the accusations are "unimaginably brutal and cruel" and are "all false."

"No human being is perfect, none of us," Depp said. "But I have never in my life committed sexual battery, physical abuse, all of these outlandish and outrageous stories of me committing these things."

Depp added that "no matter what happens" in the trial, "I did get here and I did tell truth."

"I've spoken up for what I've been carrying on my back, reluctantly, for six years," he said.

Lunch Break

Court is taking a one hour lunch break. Johnny Depp will return to the stand for cross-examination when court reconvenes at 2 p.m. EST.

'Never a Moment I Pushed Kate' Down Stairs, Depp Testified

Johnny Depp testified about the rumored stairs incident involving Kate Moss, hours after the model provided her video testimony.

"Heard took the story and turned it into a very ugly incident, all in her mind," Depp said on the stand Wednesday. "There was never a moment where I pushed Kate down any set of stairs, yet she's [Heard] spewed this three times," referring to Heard mentioning the incident during her testimony.

Depp recalled the incident when he and Moss were in Jamaica. He went outside of their bungalow and as he waited for Moss, it started to downpour. Moss walked outside a few minutes later and "slipped" down a set of three wooden stairs onto her back, Depp explained. She was "obviously in pain," Depp said, and he ran over to make sure she was okay.

"That's it, that's the whole story," he said.

Depp said he never heard the rumor that he pushed or otherwise threw Moss down the stairs before Amber Heard "grabbed hold of it."

Earlier Wednesday, Moss testified that she slipped down the stairs in Jamaica, saying Depp "never kicked me, pushed me or threw me down any stairs."

Moss, Depp
Model Kate Moss, a former girlfriend of actor Johnny Depp, testifies via video link at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 25, 2022, as Depp looks on. Evelyn Hockstein/Pool photo via AP

Depp Describes 'Shiner' He Got From Heard

Depp then described the photo from his honeymoon with Heard on the Orient Express in 2015.

He said at time, things were "agreeable" and "nice."

But then he said there were times when "something had become dissatisfactory" for Heard and she would "start the rant," calling it the "blooming of a fight ... on deck."

On that trip, Depp said Heard punched him in the face and he had "a bit of a shiner" on his eye. He said "everything got fine again" after that.

When asked how he got the black eye seen in a photo from that trip, Heard's lawyer objected.

After it was overruled, Depp said "Miss Heard hit me, is that better?"

Depp Draws Out Scene Before Finger Was Cut Off in Australia

Depp's attorney returned to the incident in Australia when Depp lost the tip of his finger.

Depp described where he was in the scene while drawing on photos of the bar area in the house.

He said his arm was leaning on the bar and Heard was 10 to 12 feet away. Depp said Heard threw a vodka bottle at his head, which shattered on the floor. He then said she threw a second bottle that hit his hand and shattered, cutting off his finger tip.

Depp also described the broken glass, blood, "soiled napkin" on the floor. He said he could not recall a phone mounted on the wall, contradicting Heard's testimony about an alleged abuse incident in which Depp smashed a wall-mounted phone.

Depp said he sent text messages to Dr. Kipper, "who happened to be in town," to tell him he had lost a finger.

He said he snuck into a bathroom and locked himself in to "thumb [his] way through" the message to Kipper.

Kipper arrived 30 to 40 minutes later, Depp said. When Kipper arrived, Depp said he saw all of the damage and blood.

He said there was "no point lying to the man" about what happened, as Kipper had "been though a bit" with Depp and Heard.

Depp said he told Kipper Heard threw a bottle at him and it smashed and cut off the tip of his finger.

"A good chunk," Depp said. "I miss it."

Depp Says He Did Not See Waldman Statements Until Counterclaim

Depp said the first time he saw the statements Adam Waldman made in the Daily Mail was in August 2020, when Amber Heard filed her counterclaim.

These were the statements when Waldman accused Heard of making "fake sexual violence allegations" and staging an "abuse hoax."

The defense claims Waldman discussed these statements with Depp before speaking to the news outlet, making Depp liable for the defamatory statements.

In court, Depp said Waldman's statements seemed like "word salad" to him.

Heard Cast in 'Aquaman' After Depp Called Warner Bros

Amber Heard landed her role in "Aquaman" after Johnny Depp spoke with three Warner Bros. executives, he testified Wednesday.

After Heard's audition(s), she expressed concern about the movie being filmed in Australia, Depp recalled, saying it was a "potential problem" for her. He also said it was "of concern" to Warner Bros. At that time, Heard asked Depp if he would speak to Warner Bros.

Depp explained he previously had a multi-film deal with the studio and "knew these people," as they had been in business together. Depp made a phone call and spoke with three executives, he said, and Heard landed the role following that call.

"I can only say that ultimately, she did get the job in the film," Depp said "So hopefully, I suppose, I had curbed their worries to some degree."

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Actor Johnny Depp testifies at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 25, 2022. EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Johnny Depp Returns to the Stand

Johnny Depp has returned to the stand Wednesday for his rebuttal argument.

The direct questioning from his lawyer begins with the statements made by his former lawyer Adam Waldman in the Daily Mail.

Amber Heard filed a counterclaim against Depp, claiming these statements, in which Waldman accused Heard of staging an "an abuse hoax," of defamation.

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US actor Johnny Depp arrives at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 25, 2022. - Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/AFP via Getty Images

Legal Teams in Long Sidebars

After returning from the 15 minute morning break, both Heard and Depp's counselors are engaged in a side bar with Judge Penney Azcarate.

The lawyers are possibly discussing the next witnesses set to testify or evidence to be presented in court.

The jury has not returned to the courtroom.

Heard Does Not Have PTSD, Doctor Testifies

Dr. Curry said the test results Dr. Hughes present were not consistent with a PTSD diagnosis, but with feigning.

Curry said the extreme levels Heard scored on PTSD and other tests indicates exaggeration and feigning of symptoms.

She added that it is important to make a distinction between personal opinion, self-reporting and data that is substantiated by standardized test methods and facts.

Experts should not "cloak personal opinion or personal reports as a scientific base," she said.

Curry said there is "no evidence" that Heard has PTSD.

She said PTSD is an identifiable change in functioning or how a person engages in the world.

PTSD is "extremely disabling" and makes it difficult for people to work, causes distress and impairment and possible substance abuse issues.

Curry said someone with PTSD is not going to events, having success in a film career, engaging in hobbies, hosting parties or speaking publicly.

She added that PTSD cannot be "triggered" if it isn't present, referencing Hughes claims that Heard's PTSD was triggered by Adam Waldman's statements.

Dr. Shannon Curry Returns to the Stand

Clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. Shannon Curry has been called as the second rebuttal witness of the day.

She is rebutting testimony provided by Dr. Dawn Hughes, also a clinical and forensic psychologist, who took the stand in recent days for Heard's team. Curry claims that Hughes "misrepresented" testing and results from evaluations performed by Curry.

Hughes previously testified that she diagnosed Heard with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in her expert opinion.

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Clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. Shannon Curry testifies at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Evelyn Hockstein/Pool photo via AP

Kate Moss Says Depp Never Pushed Her Down the Stairs

Kate Moss's highly anticipated testimony only lasted a few minutes.

While dating, Moss and Depp took a trip to Jamaica. As she was leaving their room, Moss said she slide down the stairs and hurt her back.

"I screamed because I didn't know what happened to me and I was in pain," she said.

Moss said Depp then came "running" to help her and carried her to her room and got her medical attention.

She said Depp did not push her down the stairs on that trip or any time during their relationship.

"He never kicked me, pushed me or threw me down any stairs," she said.

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Model Kate Moss testifies via video link at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 25, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. EVELYN HOCKSTEIN / POOL/AFP via Getty Images

There was no cross-examination.

Moss was called to testify during the rebuttal because Amber Heard mentioned her during an earlier testimony in this trial.

When Heard was detailing an alleged abuse incident, she mentioned rumors that Depp had previously pushed Moss down the stairs.

"I don't hesitate and wait—I instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs," Heard said, talking about protecting her sister during an argument with Depp.

Kate Moss Called to the Stand

Johnny Depp's team calls model Kate Moss to the stand Wednesday.

Moss and Depp dated in the 1990s. She is testifying via live video link.

Heard's Sister 'Doing Something Very Wrong' in Trial, Says Jennifer Howell

Heard's sister, Whitney Henriquez, is "doing something very wrong" in testifying in the star's defense during her defamation trial, former friend Jennifer Howell was shown in court saying on Tuesday.

Howell's deposition was on Tuesday shown in court, where she was heard speaking about her relationship with Henriquez.

Howell, CEO and founder of the nonprofit The Art of Elysium, said in the video that while she "loved" Henriquez, she believed she was "trying to protect her sister."

The philanthropist confirmed in the deposition that she had sent an email to her former friend and employee Henriquez in July 2020, urging her to "tell the truth" about Heard's tumultuous relationship with Depp.

"I struggled very much with what to do in a situation that I loved someone who I know is doing something very wrong and I know that they're doing it because they're trying to protect their sister and I'm trying to protect her," Howell said of the email.

"And I'm just trying to get her to wake up and do the right thing, which is tell the truth. That's the only thing that can help everyone involved in this thing."

Henriquez volunteered at The Art of Elysium for six months in 2014, before going on to become a full-time paid employee, working as Art Salon Manager/Director between 2015 and 2016.

In 2015, Henriquez moved out of the Los Angeles penthouse Depp and Heard shared at the time to live with Howell following an alleged altercation.

Henriquez recently testified in court that Depp struck her in the back, threw a Red Bull can at a friend, and grabbed Heard by the hair and hit her. She also claimed that Depp asked her to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Henriquez said she refused and moved out of the property soon afterward.

However, Howell said in her testimony that during the time she was friendly with Heard, the screen star never mentioned that Depp had ever been abusive.

Howell became a talking point on social media during the latter stages of the trial due to the circulation of a court declaration dated July 26, 2020.

Although some versions of the document bear a Fairfax County Government letterhead, it was not admitted as evidence in the trial. Heard's lawyers have argued that it was falsely procured and passed off as evidence to mislead the public.

Anticipation Builds Ahead of Kate Moss Testifying on Behalf of Depp

A late celebrity addition to the lengthy list of witnesses is Kate Moss, who is expected to testify on Wednesday after being drafted in by Depp's legal team.

Moss, 48, dated Depp in the 1990s and it has been reported that the supermodel will testify on his behalf via video link on Wednesday in a move that could change the course of the multimillion-dollar trial.

During Heard's testimony on May 5, she detailed instances of alleged abuse between her and her Depp. She also cited his earlier relationship with Moss and an unverified rumor that Depp had once pushed Moss down a flight of stairs.

"I don't hesitate and wait—I instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs," Heard said.

This comment prompted celebrations from Depp's lawyers, with attorney Benjamin Chew turning to other members of his team and giving a fist pump.

Experts believe this is because Heard may have unintentionally "opened a door" for more recent evidence to contradict the stair-pushing rumor.

Moss has not accused Depp of being violent when they were together.

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Kate Moss is expected to testify on Johnny Depp's behalf on Wednesday. The supermodel, who dated Depp in the 1990s, has been drafted in as a late witness. Gotham/Getty Images

TMZ Files Emergency Motion Over Former Employee's Plan to Testify

As the trial enters its final days, things are no less dramatic than the preceding weeks, as it's been revealed that TMZ has filed an emergency motion to try and stop a former employee from testifying.

Lawyers for celebrity news outlet have intervened to prevent Morgan Tremaine from testifying and potentially revealing an anonymous source, on the grounds of "journalist's privilege."

The story Tremaine was expected to discuss is an article published on August 12, 2016 titled, "Johnny Depp Goes Off On Amber...Smashes Wine Glass, Bottle."

Tremaine was set to be among the latest witness to take the stand, but TMZ has temporarily prevented that from happening.

In August 2016, TMZ published an article with an accompanying video showing Depp shouting and slamming cabinet doors shut in the kitchen of what appears to be his home. The footage appeared to have been shot by Heard.

The tape has been shown multiple times over the years and was used as evidence in the current defamation case.

The accompanying article with the video includes details from someone only referred to as "Sources connected with Johnny." There is no by-line on the story to determine whether or not Tremaine broke the story.

EHM Productions, Inc., the owners and operators of TMZ, filed the emergency motion on Tuesday May 24 to prevent Tremaine from testifying. He was called as a witness by Depp's lawyers and was due to testify on Wednesday.

Journalist's privilege, more commonly known as reporter's privilege, is a law put in place to allow a journalist to protect their confidential or anonymous sources from discovery.

While TMZ is citing journalist's privilege, it is currently unclear whether it will be successful with their motion.

Former TMZ employee Morgan Tremaine
TMZ has filed an emergency motion to try and stop former employee Morgan Tremaine from testifying in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial. Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images;/TWITTER @MORGANTREMAINE

Psychologist Says Heard's Expert Witness Acted Unethically

Expert witness Dr. Richard Shaw is on the witness stand on to give his opinion on Dr. David Spiegel, an expert psychology witness for the defense.

Shaw said Spiegel violated the ethical principles of the Goldwater Rule when he gave his opinion on Johnny Depp's personality traits and cognitive ability.

He said Spiegel's opinions were unreliable and based on insufficient information.

The Goldwater Rule was issued by the American Psychologist Association (APA) stating that it is improper for a psychologist to render a professional opinion on public figures unless they have closely evaluated the individual.

Shaw said the APA wanted to make sure psychological illnesses were not stigmatized and ensure people could not be defamed by statements from psychologists not backed by medical evidence.

In 2017, the APA expanded the rule to say it was unethical for a psychologist to give an opinion on someone they had not evaluated personally or without that individual's consent.

Shaw said Spiegel, therefore, violated the Goldwater Rule during his testimony because he did not follow APA guidelines.

Those violations occurred when Spiegel said Depp exhibited narcissistic personality traits and when he said he had slow cognitive functions.

In order to determine if someone has narcissistic personality traits, Shaw said a licensed professional would need to perform "careful diagnostic tests."

"In the case of Dr. Spiegel, he had none of this information, even as he came out and described with a degree of medical certainty that Mr. Depp had narcissistic personality traits," Shaw said.

Hicksville Owner Accuses Heard of Being 'Jealous and Crazy'

Jurors were shown Morgan Night's tweet from earlier in the trial, pushing back against claims that Depp was acting aggressively by the campfire at the Hicksville Trailer Palace in May of 2013.

Night responded to "That Umbrella Guy" who tweeted, "bringing in the Hicksville incident accusations," on April 21, 2022. "Johnny Depp will be accused of being jealous because a woman was 'sitting close' to Amber Heard. Depp said she had taken happy something. Deep is accused of removing her hand and yelling at Amber."

"That never happened," Night responded. "I was with them all night. Amber was the one acting all jealous and crazy."

Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft asked Night if he was a fan of Depp, he responded he is not. She also accused him of wanting to be involved in the trial. He later repeated that Depp's attorneys reached out to him to provide testimony in the case.

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Evidence showing text messages from Morgan Higby Night, a writer, director and producer, appear on a screen during a defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 24, 2022. JIM WATSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Trailer Owner Details Fight Between Depp, Heard

Morgan Night described his interactions with Johnny Depp and Amber Heard when they stayed in Hicksville.

When Depp arrived, Night said he was excited, complimentary and asked a lot of questions. He said Depp was in a good mood and Heard was quiet.

Depp had rented out the whole park for a party with about 10 to 12 people.

Over the course of the evening, Night said Depp was speaking with him and his co-worker about music and books. He said he spent 45 minutes to an hour with Depp and Heard.

At one point when he was speaking to Depp one-on-one, Night said Heard then came over and "seemed annoyed," based on his gut reaction. Heard said he wanted to talk to Depp, Night testified.

Night then said he saw Depp and Heard arguing. He said Heard started yelling at Depp.

"She started yelling at him and I didn't want to hear it," he said. "Honestly it was really triggering."

Night said Depp was "cowering" and seemed "afraid."

"It was really odd to see because he was older than her," he added. "I just went back into the house."

When he next saw Depp, Night said he was more quiet than he was before.

"He became real quiet and was just very more petulant," he said. "In the beginning of the night he was a lot more outgoing and extraverted. And as the night went on, he was less so."

Night also said Depp seemed intoxicated, as his head was swaying back and forth and he was "less sharp" than earlier in the night.

He added that Heard seemed intoxicated when she was mad at Depp.

The next morning, Night said there was damage in Depp and Heard's trailer. He saw a light sconce by the bathroom was broken by the wall with some broken pieces on the floor.

He said lights in the trailer get broken pretty often because they are vintage. Nothing else was damaged, he said.

Night said he charges an extra fee for cleaning but he did not charge Depp because everything else looked fine. He charged Depp $62 to replace the light sconce.

Hicksville Trailer Palace Owner Testifies

Judge Penney Azcarate and Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft questioned Morgan Night to determine if he could move forward as a rebuttal witness Tuesday afternoon.

Questions arose surrounding how Night was contacted to provide testimony and how much, if any, of the trial he has seen. A "voir dire" was performed as Judge Azcarate said ''the courtroom in this particular case appears to be the world.''

Night was called by Depp's team to testify about the Hicksville incident; Night was working there the evening in question. When asked if he had watched the trial over the past few weeks, Night responded that he watched a clip after he was told Hicksville was referenced. He also responded to a random tweet mentioning the incident.

Depp's attorneys reached out to Night at the beginning of May and asked him not to watch the trial, he told the judge. Night said he since met with Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez and shared his recollection of the Hicksville incident. After a short break, Night was officially called in as the next rebuttal witness.

Morgan Night
Morgan Night, a writer, director and producer, testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 24, 2022. JIM WATSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Expert Says Negative Hashtags Are Not Related to Waldman

Doug Bania, intellectual property expert, also pushed back against testimonies by Rob Schnell, a social media statistical and forensic analysis expert, and Kathryn Arnold, an entertainment industry consultant.

Bania said the negative tweets did not have "anything to do" with Waldman's statements, adding there is no correlation between the two.

Bania analyzed more than 2.7 million "negative" hashtags Schnell referenced in his testimony, including "Amber Terd," and "Justice for Johnny." Bania said about 35% of those hashtags appeared before Waldman's statements were made.

Hashtags of Negative Heard Tweets
Evidence showing observations of US actress Amber Heard's hashtags appear on a screen during a defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 24, 2022. - US actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse." JIM WATSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Bania found 2% of hashtags were used during the time of his three statements being published, between April 2020 and June 2020.

"If these tweets were prior to the Waldman Statements, in no way could they have anything to do with the Waldman Statements," Bania testified.

Bania added that he only identified five tweets related to Waldman statements, once he removed retweets and likes using similar language.

Tweet Hashtag Analysis
Evidence showing a summary of key terms in twitts using US actress Amber Heard's hashtags appear on a screen during a defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 24, 2022. - US actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse." JIM WATSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

He said none of tweets have anything to do with the Waldman statements, only tweets Schnell thought were negative towards Heard. Bania added that there was no casual connection between the statements and the spikes in negative hashtags.

"I'm not seeing any correlation as it relates to the Waldman statements and any spikes here as it relates to the hashtags Mr. Schnell chose," he said, noting there was actually a downward use of the hashtag.

He also said that Schnell did not provide evidence of causation if Waldman's statements causing any economic harm to Heard.

Bania also looked at Q scores of Heard and the comparable actors Arnold used. These scores, gathered twice a year, measure how well a celebrity is known, liked or disliked.

Heard's positive score was the lowest and her negative score was the highest. Bania noted that these scores reflect who Heard was at the time before the Waldman Statements and after the "Aquaman" release.

Bania also said the "comparable" actors Arnold referenced in her testimony are not comparable with Heard.

He also compared social media followers of Heard and the comparable actors. It appears Heard had less followers across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook than most of the other actors.

Kate Moss to Testify as a Rebuttal Witness Wednesday

Kate Moss, Johnny Depp's ex-girlfriend, will testify on his behalf tomorrow, in what will be one of the final days of witness testimony in the trial.

Depp's team is expected to call Moss to testify as a rebuttal witness by video Wednesday, after Amber Heard referenced a rumor of Depp allegedly pushing Moss down a flight of stairs during her testimony earlier this month.

Moss has not publicly accused Depp of being violent during their relationship. They began dating in 1994; Depp was 31 at the time, Moss was 20. The famous duo split in 1997.

Depp's team has significantly more time remaining than Heard's, as it began its rebuttal case Tuesday. As of Tuesday morning, Depp's team had about 16 hours left of the allotted time, Heard's team had about four hours. Both sides were allotted about 61 hours to present their cases.

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Lunch Break

Court is taking a one hour lunch break and is scheduled to reconvene around 1:40 p.m. EST. Intellectual property consultant Doug Bania will continue testimony as a rebuttal witness at that time.

Depp Witnesses Dispute Heard's Expert's Analysis

Johnny Depp's team brought in two witnesses who previously testified in this trial to contradict the testimony of the defense's entertainment industry expert witness.

Kathryn Arnold testified Monday that Heard lost upwards of $50 million in earnings due to negative press associated with her legal battles with Depp and that Heard's career did not achieve a similar upward trajectory of other comparable actors who had breakout roles in superhero films.

Richard Marks, an entertainment lawyer and expert on Hollywood, said that he was more qualified than Arnold to testify because he was "in the trenches" making deals daily.

Marks said Arnold is a consultant, not an expert in deal making, and said her assessment "is built on nothing" and is "wildly speculative."

"Her opinion is not worth the paper it's not written on," Marks said.

He said Arnold is not an expert because "she doesn't have the background or the day-to-day knowledge" on deal making.

Marks also noted that Arnold did not provide any figures to back up her bottom line or to show why her figures are deserved.

"She was constructing Jenga without the bottom piece," he said.

Marks disputed Arnold's estimates of Heard's lost earnings, how Heard's "Aquaman" contract was negotiated and took issue with the actors Arnold used to compare careers with Heard.

Depp Witness Disputes Expert
Richard Marks, a technical forensics expert, testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 24, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. JIM WATSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Depp's team then called forensic accountant Michael Spindler to the stand. He also previously testified in this trial.

He said Arnold's calculations of the damages Heard suffered "is not adequately supported and it is unreasonable."

"With respect to her damages calculation, there was no calculation, per se," he said. "She initially looked at these comparable actors and seemed to use that as a base for numbers.

He said Arnold did not provide "underlying support" or details for her calculations and added that her methodology based on "comparable actors" was "unsound" and "unsupported."

Spindler said the only way to provide accurate assessment of future earnings is to look at past earnings. He studied Heard's tax returns from 2013 to 2019 because that analysis is "anchored in facts."

Depp Waves, Blows Kisses to Fans at Courthouse

A crowd of Johnny Depp fans again gathered in front of the Fairfax County Courthouse early Tuesday morning to catch a glimpse of the star as he arrived at court.

Depp waved and blew kisses to the cheering crowd, as they waved and recorded the moment from the street corner. Fairfax County Sheriff's Deputies were also on hand, keeping the crowd on the sidewalk.

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Depp arrives to court
Depp arrives to court
Depp arrives to court

Depp was also seen waving to fans while smoking outside of the courthouse later Tuesday morning during a break.

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Depp is seen outside a Fairfax County Courthouse during a break of his trial May 24, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Tuesday, a woman was seen arriving to the courthouse wearing what resembles the poop emoji.

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Priscilla Valdes of Waldorf, Maryland, dresses as "Amber Heard" as she arrives outside a Fairfax County Courthouse May 24, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images

An alpaca wearing a pirate hat was also back at the courthouse Monday. Alpacas have been seen at the courthouse, in reference to Depp saying he would not take another "Pirates" role even if offered $300 million and a million alpacas.

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An Alpaca with a pirate hat owned by Andrea Diaz, of Fairfax, Va., is paraded in front of the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 23, 2022. Steve Helber/AP Photo

Surgeon Says Depp Lacked Mobility When His Hand Was in a Cast

The next witness called was Dr. David Kulber, a plastic and hand surgeon at Cedar Sinai.

Kulber performed hand surgery on Johnny Depp in March 2015.

He said Depp had a fracture and soft tissue damage and put his hand in a plaster splint. Two of Depp's fingers were in the cast and were not mobile, Kulber said, adding that his other fingers were probably not able to move either.

"He could attempt to grab someone," he said. "But I don't know how successful he would be."

Depp had pins put into his hand and was also treated for an infection to his hand.

Under cross-examination, Ben Rottenborn showed photos of Amber Heard's ransacked closet.

He asked Kulber if Depp's cast could have prevented him from doing that damage. Kulber said Depp had his other hand available.

During the re-direct, Kulber said two of Depp's fingers on his injured hand were protected by a hard, plaster cast to protect the fracture. The sides of the fingers, however, had "soft spot" to allow the fingers to swell after surgery.

When asked if Depp could hit someone with his hand in that cast, Kulber said he could have, but he would have damaged the cast. He could not recall if he saw damage to Depp's cast after the surgery.

Kulber also said Depp could not have formed a fist while his hand was in the cast.

Doctor Testifies to Depp Hand Injury
Dr. David Kulber testifies at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 24, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse JIM WATSON / POOL/AFP via Getty Images

'Aquaman' Casting Delay Due to Lack of Chemistry Between Heard, Momoa

President of DC Films Walter Hamada cited a lack of chemistry between Amber Heard and Jason Momoa in "Aquaman" for the delay in recasting Heard for the movie's second installment.

He cited "creative" concerns following the first movie amid chemistry issues between the stars. Hamada said the two didn't have "a lot" of chemistry and it took "a lot of effort" in post-production to make the first movie work.

"It's not uncommon on movies for two leads to not have chemistry," Hamada testified Tuesday by video. "And that it's sort of movie magic and editorial. With the magic of a great score and how you put the pieces together, you can fabricate, sort of, that chemistry. If you watch the movie, they look like they have great chemistry. But I just know that through the course of the post-production, that it looked like a lot of effort to get there."

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Jason Momoa, Amber Heard arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Aquaman" at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 12, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Steve Granitz/WireImage

When Heard's attorney asked if it was common practice to choose the right takes, best score, etc. in post-production to create the best product, he answered yes. But reiterated that it was "more difficult" because of the lack of chemistry. Heard's team also referenced text messages between the movie's director and Heard saying she tested well with the audience during a screening of the movie.

Hamada explained that Heard's character Mera was determined in the early development of the script, which would have happened in 2018. He testified that Mera's role in the film was not reduced for any reason, a claim Heard's team has made amid the ongoing abuse allegations.

Hamada said Heard's compensation for "Aquaman 2" was not affected "in any way" by anything said by Johnny Depp, Depp's attorney Adam Waldman nor anyone else representing Depp.

First Witness Called in Depp Rebuttal

Depp's team called its first witness in the rebuttal Tuesday.

Walter Hamada is the president of DC films at Warner Bros. He is testifying via video deposition about Heard's involvement in the "Aquaman" films.

Judge Denies Motion to Strike Heard's Counterclaim

Judge Penney Azcarate denied Depp's motion to strike Heard's defamation counterclaim.

Heard claims statements made by Depp's former attorney Adam Waldman in the Daily Mail saying Heard stagged an "abuse hoax" and lied about being abused by Depp were false and defamatory.

In order for Depp to be held liable, Heard must prove Depp directed or authorized Waldman to make those statements. Depp's lawyer, Ben Chew, argued that there is no evidence that Depp did so, or that he even saw the statements before they were published.

He argued that Waldman was an independent contractor, not an employee of Depp and that there is "no evidence of communication" between Depp and Waldman regarding the statements. Depp, therefore, can not be liable for Waldman's actions.

Chew also argued that Waldman did not act with actual malice because Waldman had grounds to believe what he said was true, based on the testimony of 29 witnesses that he said disputed Heard's claims that she has visible injuries from Depp.

He said Waldman was not present for the incident and only has information from his "sleuthing" on behalf of Depp.

After an objection from Heard's team was overruled, Chew then said Heard and the ACLU conspired to make clear that the statements in the op-ed were related to Depp "otherwise no one would have any interest in the article."

He said that everyone who read the article knew it was about Depp and called what the ACLU did a "monstrosity."

Chew also said Depp is not suing Heard for her statements made about women's rights or society in general. He said Depp agreed with the issues outlined in the article and is a supporter of women's right. Depp is suing Heard for publicly naming his as an abuser, "forever tarnishing his good name."

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Judge Penney Azcarate speaks with lawyers during the trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 24, 2022. - Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

Heard's lawyer, Ben Rottenborn, argued that Waldman was acting as Depp's attorney at the time the statements were made, therefore making Depp liable.

Waldman was "standing in the shoes of Depp" when he made those statements, Rottenborn said. "They are one and the same."

He claims Depp and Waldman met before the statements were made and the pair also met with the Daily Mail before the article in question was published in Feb. 2020.

Rottenborn also said Waldman concocted the story that Heard was being investigated for perjury by the LAPD after Depp lost the U.K. trial and was found to be "a wife beater."

He said this shows the "shameful and sickened" length Depp would go to defame Heard.

A court previously found that Waldman made the statements with actual malice because he had no prior knowledge of Heard and Depp's marriage and Rottenborn said nothing presented in this trial changed that. A court also denied Depp's summary judgement, ruling that Waldman's statements were not opinions.

Rottenborn said there is no evidence the ACLU and Heard conspired to defame Depp and the statements Waldman made were "100 percent false" because there was no hoax and "Depp is an abuser who abused Heard."

He cited testimony from several of the defense's witnesses that corroborated Heard's claims.

After hearing from both attorney's, Judge Azcarate doubled down on the court's previous ruling on this matter. She said it is up to the "the fact finder," meaning the jury, to determine is Waldman acted with malice when he gave those statements.

The defense rested its case and Depp's team will now begin its rebuttal.

WATCH: Day 21 of Trial

The Johnny Depp, Amber Heard trial has resumed.

On day 21, the defense is resting. Heard's legal team will not call Depp as a witness.

Depp's lawyer Ben Chew began trial by requesting Judge Penney Azcarate strike Heard's counterclaim against Depp.

Amazon Alexa Guessing Game Appears to Mock Amber Heard

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Akinator, a game that's free to play on Amazon Alexa devices, features a popular character guessing game. The app is asking questions such as "Does your character have borderline personality disorder?" (Photos by Molly Mulshine) in order to guess that the user is thinking of Amber Heard (Photo by SHAWN THEW/POOL/AFP via Getty Images). A witness testified that Heard meets the criteria for borderline personality disorder in Heard's ongoing defamation trial. Getty Images

Amber Heard is being named in a guessing game played on Amazon Echo devices.

Akinator is a game that's free to play on Amazon Alexa devices and features a popular character guessing game.

As the trial continues to dominate news cycles, social media users have been sharing footage of the game asking if "your character [is] considered abusive," and whether the person being guessed is "considered a liar" with Heard given as the correct answer.

Newsweek tried the game and found the same questions to be asked. Also added to the line of questioning was, "Does your character have borderline personality disorder?"

World Waits for Kate Moss' Testimony

Supermodel Kate Moss is expected to testify on behalf of Depp on Wednesday, May 25, the Law & Crime Network reported late Monday morning.

A source close to Depp also told Newsweek that Moss is expected to testify as a rebuttal witness on Wednesday.

Depp and Moss were one of the most prominent "it" couples of the 1990s. They dated from 1994 to 1997.

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Kate Moss is all but guaranteed to be brought up during Amber Heard's cross-examination, after she alleged that the supermodel had been abused by Johnny Depp while they were dating. Depp and Moss are pictured at the The Academy on April 3, 1995, in Beverly Hills, California. Barry King/WireImage

On May 5, Heard took to the stand to detail instances of alleged abuse between her and her ex-husband Depp. She cited his earlier relationship with Moss and an unverified rumor that Depp once pushed Moss down a flight of stairs.

"I don't hesitate and wait—I instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs," Heard said, in a statement that prompted celebrations from Depp's lawyers.

Experts believe this is because Heard may have unintentionally "opened a door" for more recent evidence to contradict the stair-pushing rumor.

Moss has not accused Depp of being violent when they were together.

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Amber Heard claimed that Johnny Depp once pushed Kate Moss down the stairs. Getty Images

Expert Witness Gives Bizarre Testimony

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Dr. David Spiegel appeared in court as an expert witness for Amber Heard's team but his testimony has angered many online after he gave his professional opinion on Johnny Depp without having met him. Steve Helber/AFP via Getty Images

Depp couldn't stop laughing during the trial on Monday when expert witness Dr. David Spiegel took the stand.

The psychiatrist's testimony caused a huge reaction online due to his mannerisms while on the stand.

A clip of Dr. Spiegel seemingly licking his gums and asking the judge if he has to answer a question.

Amber Heard Lost $50M Due to Bad Press—Expert

Entertainment industry expert Kathryn Arnold testified that Heard lost out on $50 million in earnings due to negative press associated with her legal battles with Depp.

Arnold testified that Heard's career success would be on par with big names like Zendaya and Gal Gadot if it weren't for Depp's alleged "smear campaign" against her.

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Amber Heard's career was compared to a number of other movie stars including Zendaya and Gal Gadot in court. Getty Images

In her testimony, Arnold referenced Depp's attorney, Adam Waldman, who accused Heard of orchestrating an "abuse hoax" in an interview with the Daily Mail in 2020.

Arnold says that these "defamatory statements" prompted movie studios to be wary of working with Heard on new projects.

"It would have been very reasonable to believe her career would have been on an upward trajectory of those other actors if not for the hoax allegations," Arnold testified, adding that Heard's "world has been silent in terms of opportunities."

She estimated that Heard suffered $50 million in damages due to Waldman's accusation.

Experts Can't Agree on Depp's Finger Injury

Depp's severed finger has proven to be a key anecdote in this trial and experts can agree on how the injury was sustained.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor has accused Heard of cutting off the tip of his finger during a heated argument they had in Australia in August 2015.

Heard, her attorneys and now expert witnesses have disputed Depp's account of events.

"She threw the large bottle and it made contact [with the bar] and shattered everywhere. I honestly didn't feel the pain at first," Depp testified on April 20.

"I felt heat, and I felt as if something were dripping down my hand and then I looked down and realized the tip of my finger had been severed and I was looking directly at my bone sticking out."

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"I looked down and realized the tip of my finger had been severed and I was looking directly at my bone sticking out," Depp said on Wednesday. Depp testifies during his defamation trial in the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 19, 2022. Jim Watson/AFP

In court on Monday, Dr. Richard Moore was called as a witness by Heard's legal team.

Having inspected the injury, his professional opinion was that the injury was not likely to be because of "a bottle being thrown from above." He stated that such an incident would not cause such an injury including "partial amputation."

Summary: Day 20 Updates

Court resumed on May 23 in the trial of Depp v. Heard in Fairfax, Virginia.

On Monday:

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This combination of two separate photos shows actor Johnny Depp, left, and Amber Heard in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 23, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Depp, Kate Moss to Testify in Rebuttal Case

Court has adjourned after a full day of witnesses testifying on behalf of Amber Heard. Court is scheduled to reconvene Tuesday at 9 a.m. EST.

As the trial enters its final few days, Johnny's Depp's team has lined up about a dozen rebuttal witnesses, including Depp himself.

Depp is expected to be called back to the stand Wednesday. Depp's ex-girlfriend Kate Moss is also expected to be called Wednesday to provide testimony by video.

Other witnesses expected to testify in the rebuttal case include the following, a source close to Depp told the Law & Criminal Network: Dr. Richard Shaw, Dr. Kimberly Collins, Candie Davidson-Goldbronn, Walter Hamada of Warner Bros., Richard Marks, Mike Spindler, Doug Bania, Morgan Night, Depp's hand doctor Dr. David Kulber and Jennifer Howell.

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Actor Johnny Depp talks to his attorney, in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 23, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo
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Kate Moss attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 2, 2022, in New York. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Photo

Expert Calls Waldman Statements 'Instigating Event'

Kathryn Arnold said Adman Waldman's statements were the "instigating event" for the downturn of Amber Heard's career.

Depp's lawyer Wayne Dennison pressed Arnold on whether those statements directly caused a negative impact on Heard's career, or if there were other bad publicity events that could have had an effect.

Arnold said Heard was able to overcome negative press before those statements and get roles, including after her divorce from Johnny Depp.

She said Heard's career was able to continue moving forward.

"The only time [Heard's] career slowed down was at the same time those statements came out," Arnold said.

She added that the negative statements occurred during a more tight timeframe to the press and publicity around "Aquaman" and "The Stand" than the U.K. case months later.

"I will look at the defamatory statements as the igniting force, as more oxygen was added to the fire when the U.K. case happened," she said. "It became a snowball effect. The match was lit and it kept getting stronger and stronger."

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Producer Kathryn Arnold testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 23, 2022. - US actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse." STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Defense May Not Call Depp as a Witness, Despite Earlier Reports

The defense will reportedly no longer call Johnny Depp as a witness.

According to Law & Criminal Network, a source close to Heard's team said calling Depp back to the stand "would be as relevant to us as a bicycle to a fish."

"Everything Depp has testified up to this point has been irrelevant to the heart of this case and there would be no reason to believe it would be any different now," the statement said.

It was reported that Heard's lawyers would call Depp to the stand for days. It seems Monday, however, that they changed their mind.

Woman Told Depp Her Baby Was His in Court

A woman told Johnny Depp that he was the father of her baby in court Monday.

Before the morning break, a woman in the gallery yelled, "Johnny, I love you! Our souls are connected!" according to Law & Crime Network host Angenette Levy. She also held up her baby and said, "this baby is yours!"

The woman was quickly escorted from the courtroom. Levy said that while Judge Penney Azcarate was not on the bench, that kind of behavior is not tolerated in the courtroom.

Later on, the woman told a reporter from Law & Crime Network that she was joking.

Depp Blows Kisses, Waves to Fans in Court

Johnny Depp acknowledged fans in the gallery watching what's expected to be the final week of the trial. Depp was seen blowing kisses and waving, holding a drink and notepads, as he exited the courtroom for a break Monday.

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The court gallery watches as actor Johnny Depp leaves the courtroom for a break, at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 23, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Depp again arrived at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse to a line of cheering fans Monday morning. Depp waved and blew kisses to fans as he entered the parking lot.

Expert Notes Negative Social Media Campaign Against Heard

Kathryn Arnold said Amber Heard's career was following a "nice, steady rise" prior to the "defamatory" statements made by Adam Waldman in 2020.

Waldman, Depp's former lawyer, told media outlets that heard stagged an "abuse hoax" and made false allegations of abuse by Depp.

Arnold said "Aquaman" should have been Heard's "star is born moment." She said Heard received a lot of praise for her role and had good press, including several magazine covers.

After the Waldman statements, Arnold said Heard received a lot of negativity on social media. Ron Schnell previously testified that there were 1.2 million negative tweets about Heard from April 2020 to Jan. 2021.

Social media conversation surrounding an actor is a significant factor for studios when casting for projects. Negativity online directed at an actor, film or company can make it "messy" for a studio or brand to continue working with an actor.

Arnold testified that there was a negative social media campaign to get Heard removed from the "Aquaman" sequel and from her L'Oreal partnership. Her films and T.V. shows got negative attention, her publicist was harassed and the charities she worked with got "bombarded" with negativity online.

"This made it difficult to work with Heard on any level," Arnold said.

The push to get Heard fired from "Aquaman 2" included hashtags that used words directly lifted from Waldman's statement, Arnold said.

Heard had a negative reputation publicly and while the industry liked her work, Arnold said no one could work with her. She was not able to obtain an acting role for a long time and only recently booked a role in a independent film.

Arnold said Heard had to fight to maintain her role in the "Aquaman" sequel. She said co-star Jason Momoa and the director both wanted her in the film and that there were never any issues over her chemistry with Momoa.

As stated previously in the trial, Heard's role was significant diminished in the sequel script. Heard was also asked not to participate in promotion for the film and did not do any press for her T.V. show "The Stand."

When analyzing the career trajectory of similar actors and actresses who started in similar franchise films, Arnold said those stars had a steady rise after their breakout roles. She said she would have expected Heard's career to have a similar upward trajectory.

Arnold estimates that Heard likely lost $45 to 50 million during that time

Op-Ed Didn't Impact Depp's Role on 'Pirates 6,' Consultant Says

Entertainment industry consultant Kathryn Arnold pushed back on Depp's claims of losing a potential multi-million-dollar deal to reprise his role as Jack Sparrow in "Pirates 6," saying the script has still yet to be greenlit.

"Mr. Depp is claiming that he lost money on "Pirates 6," but "Pirates 6" hasn't even made yet," Arnold testified Monday. "So, I don't know how you lose something that hasn't happened."

Arnold said Disney felt Depp's character Jack Sparrow had been "exhausted in terms of where it could go creatively" and the studio was looking at ways to renew the franchise, but not focus as heavily on Sparrow. She said "Pirates 5" did not perform as well at the box office, compared to previous installments.

Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft asked Arnold if Depp could claim a loss on "Pirates 6" based on the 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Arnold answered "zero" because the movie did not exist yet.

Arnold claims there were ongoing discussions about Depp's involvement in "Pirates 6" long before the op-ed was published. She cited concerns revolving around Depp's lateness to set and the associated costs, Depp's already high fee for being such a big actor and the negative press.

Arnold explained how Depp's previous litigation impacted his career, including the litigation in The Sun case in response to an article calling him a "wife beater".

"That was a really tough on Mr. Depp's career," Arnold said.

She explained the case brought abuse allegations "to light," in text, audio and visual form before the public and industry.

"It's hard for studios, especially a studio like Disney whose family-oriented, be connected to a star that has texts about burnt corpses and violent behavior in video," she testified. She called it a "big conflict" for many in the industry.

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Producer Kathryn Arnold testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 23, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Kate Moss to Testify on Behalf of Depp

Supermodel Kate Moss is expected to testify on behalf of Johnny Depp Wednesday, the Law & Crime Network reported late Monday morning.

Moss, Depp's ex-girlfriend, is scheduled to address the court by video as a rebuttal witness. Amber Heard mentioned Moss during testimony earlier this month, when she discussed an alleged incident near the staircase between Depp and her sister Whitney Henriquez.

"[Whitney's] back was to the staircase and Johnny swings at her," Heard testified. "I don't hesitate, I don't wait, I just, in my head, instantly think of Kate Moss and the stairs. And I swung at him. In all of my relationship to date with Johnny, I hadn't landed a blow."

Heard was referring to a rumored stairs incident between Moss and Depp.

Depp's attorney Benjamin Chew turned to other members of the Depp team with a fist pump after Heard mentioned Depp's ex. Depp and Moss dated from 1994 to 1997.

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Actor Johnny Depp and his girlfriend supermodel Kate Moss are seen arriving for the premiere of Depp's film "Don Juan DeMarco," in Beverly Hills, Calif., April 3, 1995. Rhonda Birnbaum/AP Photo

Industry Expert Details Damages to Depp's Career

The next witness called to the stand is Kathryn Arnold, an entertainment industry consultant.

She has previously testified in cases on the entertainment industry, defamation and damaged. Arnold was entered in this case as an expert witness in this case.

In this case, she will testify on the damages both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

Arnold is first discussing the damaged Depp suffered related to the Washington Post op-ed and any income or opportunities he lost as a result of its publication.

She said Depp has had an "extraordinary" career, starting from the 1980s and 1990s, through his successes with director Tim Burton and the global success of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.

Depp was well liked critically within the industry and in the public as a movie star, she said. But at the same time, Depp's behavior on and off set in his personal and professional life became to "interfere with his great talent."

Arnold recalled previous testimony from Depp's former agent Tracy Jacobs about Depp's tardiness on set, drinking, drug abuse and issues brought to light in lawsuits that made it difficult for him to get roles.

"It was difficult for the industry to work with him," she said.

Before "Pirates 5," Arnold testified that Depp had a series of "bombs" that were not very successful at the box office.

Expert Testifies on Depp Damages
Actor Johnny Depp arrives into the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 23, 2022. Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse." STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Depp Reacts to Doctor Asking if Marlon Brando is 'Dead'

Johnny Depp was seen covering his face and putting his head down in court when Dr. Spiegel asked if Marlon Brando was "dead."

Depp's attorney was questioning Spiegel about actors' use of earpieces on set.

"I don't believe that actors are routinely given their entire script through earpieces," Spiegel said. "I find that hard to believe."

"Do you know whether Marlon Brando used an earpiece?" Depp's attorney asked Spiegel.

"Isn't he dead?" Spiegel responded. "The answer is no; he does not use one now."

Depp covered his eyes with his hand and put his head down, shaking his head.

"I know nothing about acting," Spiegel said. "If that's the standard, I am wrong, I don't know." Depp's team then ended its questioning.

Dr. Spiegel previously explained the cognitive impact of severe substance abuse, including memory loss and difficulty concentrating. He pointed to one example of Depp being fed lines through an earpiece when acting, citing a report he read.

Psychologist Called Depp an 'Idiot' During Depositions

Before the lunch break, Johnny Depp's lawyer pressed Dr. Dave Spiegel about how he determined Depp is, as he said, cognitively impaired.

Spiegel said he reviewed how Depp interacted in public, with others, in the media and in commercial. He said in those situations, Depp's processing speed was not slow.

He testified people can judge someone's processing speed at any time as a baseline assessment.

Wayne Dennison asked if Spiegel compared Depp's performance in the "Pirates" movies and his deposition.

Spiegel said he misspoke earlier in his deposition if he said that he used his acting as a baseline.

Dennison also asked Spiegel about calling Depp an "idiot" during a deposition. Spiegel said, from what he remembers, he was referring to Depp's planning when he used the word "idiot."

He said Depp had flown in overnight to give this deposition and said that he thought Depp was an idiot for coming in the night before a doing "a major thing for trial."

Spiegel said that was not a professional opinion and that he does not know Depp's IQ.

Lunch Break

Court is taking a one-hour lunch break and is scheduled to reconvene at 1:55 p.m. EST. Dr. David Spiegel will continue his testimony at that time.

Depp's Lawyer Spars with Psychologist Over Ethics of Testimony

At the beginning of the cross-examination, Depp's lawyer, Wayne Dennison, asked Dr. Dave Spiegel about the Goldwater Rule as detailed by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

According to the APA, it is "unethical for a psychologist to offer professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination."

Spiegel testified that Depp or his counsel denied his request to conduct a psychological evaluation.

In response to Dennison's mention of the ethical guideline the Goldwater Rule, Spiegel said this assessment would nullify the entire concept of expert witness testimony in court.

"If you say this about an individual, any court would have to render expert witness testimony invalid," Spiegel said.

He added that Dennison is claiming that unless a doctor does a direct evaluation then all of the filed of forensic psych is doing unethical violation because they are not seeing patients.

Dennison asked Spiegel if he acted ethically in this case. Spiegel said he has not acted unethically as an expert witness.

"If you want the jury to believe that expert witness are unethical, then I guess that's for them to decide," he said.

Doctor Explains Warning Signs of Intimate Partner Violence

Dr. David Spiegel explained the warning signs of intimate partner violence (IPV), beginning with escalating tension.

"That's when you start seeing partners getting angry, starting to break down the communication, starting to engage in verbal, non-verbal threats," he explained. "Victim concedes due to this tension and that leads you to the actual acts." He said this happens "progressively."

When Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft asked if there was evidence of Depp engaging in those warning signs, Spiegel said it was almost "routine."

Spiegel said Depp would apologize for letting the "monster out," pointing to evidence from therapy early in Heard and Depp's marriage. Spiegel called the cycle "very common."

Spiegel also explained how narcissism is related to IPV, describing narcissist individuals as having poor self-control, rapid mood shifts, being envious and worshipping power and control. He explained that during "calm" phases, it's common for perpetrators to blame the victim. He also said victims aren't "perfect" and it's not uncommon for victims to initiate self-defense in anticipation of a "relapse."

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Dr. David Spiegel testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 23, 2022. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Psychologist Links Substance Abuse to Domestic Violence

Dr. Spiegel outlined different prescribed drugs Johnny Depp was taking, in addition to alcohol and other illegal drugs.

Depp was taking Seroquel as a sleeping agent, Spiegel said. This drug "really knocks people out."

Spiegel said people with substance abuse disorder take legally prescribed drugs to help them go to sleep and wake up. He said patients' chronic substance use can throw off a patient's circadian rhythm.

When combining legal drugs Depp was taking, including Adderall, with illegal substances like cocaine and MDMA, a patient can get irritable, agitated, suspicious, jealous, potentially disinhibited and psychotic, Spiegel testified.

This occurs when these substances are chronically used together.

He added that you are "colloquially playing with fire when you are talking about substances and intimate partner violence"

Spiegel said substance abuse is a risk factor and "precipitating cause" of intimate partner violence (IPV).

Spiegel said IPV is a recurrent abusive behavior by means of psychological, sexual and physical maltreatment for the purpose of achieving control or maintaining power, authority and control.

This includes threats, intimidation, verbal outbursts, financial abuse "all under the guise of maintaining control."

He added that victims of IPV are not expected to be perfect and can experience substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and emotional unpredictability.

Perpetrators of IPV rarely seek counseling, Spiegel said. While victims do go into counseling and seek help and advice to repair the relationship.

Doctor Explains How Drugs, Alcohol Impacted Depp

Dr. David Spiegel testified that any individual who uses alcohol and cocaine at such a "severe" level would have "inescapable" effects.

When asked about the cognitive impact of severe substance abuse, Speigel pointed to examples where Depp's memory and cognitive function were impaired. He referenced Depp being fed his lines through an earpiece when filming. He also said Depp's "processing speed" was down during his video deposition, calling his statements "disconnected."

Spiegel also referenced a mental exam Depp's former psychiatrist Dr. Alan Blaustein performed. Blaustein testified last week. The exam asks the patient to remember three words, then return five minutes later and repeat them. Depp was unable to recall any of the words which is "unusual" for someone of his age, Spiegel testified. He suggested that drug and alcohol use impacts these functions.

Depp suggested that using drugs and alcohol "helped" him, but admitted they were also the "root" of his problems, Spiegel said. Depp has also said that he functioned better when sober, the doctor testified.

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Dr. David Spiegel testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 23, 2022. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Depp Behavior Consistent with Perpetrator of Intimate Partner Violence, Psychologist Says

Dr. Spiegel said 75 percent of his patients suffer from substance abuse.

He said he has studied the effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain as well as the causes and effects of intimate partner violence (IPV).

Spiegel said 50 percent of his practice suffers from trauma and about 20 to 25 percent of those patients suffer from IPV. Between five and 10 percent of his patients are perpetrators of IPV.

He clarified to the jury that IPV is a repetitive behavior over a period of time that includes physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse. He said there is an uneven element of control one partner maintains.

"It's more than just the act of abuse," Spiegel added.

He is also board certified in adult general psychology.

In this case, Spiegel was asked to opine on the risk factors related to IPV and if they are consistent with Depp's behavior as well as the acute effects of substance abuse on one's behavior, mood and cognition. He also was asked to opine on the psychological profile of patients who suffered and perpetrated IPV and if that is consistent with Depp's behavior.

Based on the evidence he reviewed and his professional experience, Spiegel said Depp's behavior is consistent with someone that has both a substance use disorder as well as a perpetrator of intimate partner violence.

Psychiatrist Takes the Stand

Heard's team has called its second witness to the stand Monday morning, Dr. David Spiegel. Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft began questioning the psychiatrist and physician, a majority of his patients have substance abuse problems.

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Dr. David Spiegel testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 23, 2022. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Dr. Moore Disputes Depp's Account of Finger Injury

Dr. Moore said Depp's finger injury did not result from a vodka bottle thrown at him.

"It's not consistent with what we see in the described injury pattern or the clinical photographs," he said.

Depp testified that Heard threw a glass vodka bottle at him in Australia. He said the bottle shattered and cut off the tip of his finger.

Heard's lawyer Ben Rottenborn showed the jury photos and x-rays of Depp's finger injury.

Moore said the mechanism of the injury described by Depp would have led to severe nail injury. He said Depp's account of the injury does not align with the evidence he reviewed.

Additionally, Moore said physicians did not indicate there was any shards of glass in Depp's hand or anywhere else on the scene.

He testified that he has never seen an incident involving broken glass where pieces of glass had not been found in any other parts of the body or in the patient's clothing.

Moore added that he would expect to see sharp glass lacerations on Depp's finger.

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Dr. Richard Moore, Jr., testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 23, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse." Steve Helber, Pool/AP Photo

First Witness Takes the Stand

The first witness of the week is Dr. Richard Moore. He is an orthopedic surgeon based on Wilmington, North Carolina. He has a specialization in hand surgery.

He said he has examined, treated and performed surgery on finger injuries similar to the one sustained by Depp "hundreds" of times, "if not more."

Moore was entered as an expert witness with no objections from Depp's team.

He said he reviewed several pieces of evidence in this case, including Depp's testimony on his injury, medical records and photographs.

WATCH: Final Week of Trial Begins

The final week of the trial is set to begin soon.

Amber Heard's team will finish up calling witnesses. Johnny Depp is expected to return to the stand as a witness for the defense.

The breakout star of the Depp vs. Heard trial — Camille Vasquez

While Johnny Depp and Amber Heard came into this trial as the central focus, a new star is emerging in the eyes of social media users.

Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez has become an overnight sensation as part of the actor's legal team. She first caught the attention of viewers for her tough attitude towards Heard during last week's cross-examination, and since then she's been the subject of multiple viral videos, a psychological outfit review, and even a relationship rumor.

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Camille Vasquez has caught the attention of Johnny Depp's fans for her role in the current trial involving her client Depp and Amber Heard. Steve Helber / Shawn Thew/AFP via Getty Images

In the last week Vasquez has been compared to both Meghan Markle's character from Suits, and to Reese Witherspoon's Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. Speculation was rife online about Depp and Vasquez dating, and an enthusiastic fan even asked her about it outside the Fairfax County courthouse.

More subtle moments involving "dirty looks" and a slurry of objections from Vasquez have also caused the attorney to become a trending topic online.

From a professional perspective, Vasquez has done an exceptional job so far according to her peers.

Rating her cross-examination of Heard, California-based attorney Jeff Lewis told Newsweek, "Overall in terms of pacing, tone and substance, Camille's cross is top notch. Look at Heard's body language during the hard questions. That's a mark of a good cross."

She was also called "professional and effective" by Halim Dhanidina, a lawyer and former California state judge.

How the final week is shaping up

Johnny Depp could be called to the witness stand on Day 20 as Heard's legal team continue her defense in the defamation trial.

Depp will be called to testify and will be questioned this week by Heard's attorneys with reports suggesting it could be today.

Depp's team rested their case on May 3, and Heard's team have been making their case for seven days so far, with today being the eighth day. The list of witnesses expected to be called by Heard's team was known ahead of time, with many still yet to take the stand.

Court proceedings have run from Monday to Thursday every week so far, but in this final week proceedings will resume on Friday May 27 as both teams present their closing arguments. The jury will then be sent to deliberate as they decide their verdict and determine whether or not Heard did defame Depp in her 2018 Washington Post article.

Where were we? Recap of Depp vs. Heard Day 19

The last day court was in session in the Depp vs. Heard trial was Thursday May 19 — Day 19.

Amber Heard stepped down from the stand on Tuesday after multiple days of giving testimony, and since then we've heard from several witnesses called by Heard's defense team.

On Thursday, the court and the jury heard from 12 witnesses in total.

  • Bruce Witkin - Depp's bandmate
  • Tracey Jacobs - talent agent
  • Joel Mandel - Depp's ex-business manager
  • Adam Waldman - Depp's attorney
  • Maria Sadanaga - LAPD detective and domestic violence coordinator
  • Ron Schnell - social media forensic expert
  • Michelle Mulroney - Heard's former attorney
  • Tina Newman - Disney production executive
  • Ellen Barkin - Actress and former partner of Depp
  • Alan Blaustein - Depp's former psychologist
  • Eric George - Attorney who discussed the Washington Post op-ed with heard
  • Jessica Kovacevic - Heard's former talent agent

Depp's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas co-star Barkin called Depp "jealous" and "controlling" in her video deposition. The pair had a brief relationship in the 1990s and Barkin had previously accused Depp of throwing a wine bottle across a hotel room but Depp has disputed these claims.

Depp's fans questioned why his ex-business manager Mandel was called to testify. He worked with Depp for 17 years until Depp sued Joel and his brother Robert Mandel for negligence, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, among other claims. The brothers and the TMG group countersued claiming that the actor was responsible for his own financial troubles.

Jacobs testified that Depp's career had taken a nosedive due to his anger issues, drug use and consistent lateness on movie sets. She claimed his anger had "worsened over time."

"His star had dimmed due to it getting harder to get to jobs, due to the reputation he had acquired due to his lateness and other things," Jacobs said on the stand.

Ellen Barkin and Johnny Depp
Ellen Barkin testified against Johnny Depp on Thursday May 19, Day 19 of the Depp vs. Heard defamation trial. Gary Gershoff / Cliff Owen/WireImage / Getty Images

The beginning of the end of Depp Vs. Heard trial

After five weeks of testimony, depositions and viral moments, the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial is set to come to an end this week.

Former married couple Depp and Heard will once again arrive at the Fairfax County courtroom in Virginia today as the final week of proceedings begin. With Judge Penney S. Azcarate presiding, court will reconvene today, Day 20 of the trial, at 9 a.m. ET.

Last week the jury listened as Heard's legal team mounted their defense, calling their own witnesses to the stand as Depp's legal team cross-examined them.

A surprise breakout star from the court case has been Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez who has continued to be a trending topic on social media. Relationship rumors have surrounded Vasquez and Depp, while she has also been the star of numerous viral TikTok videos.

All events from Day 20 of the court case will be available to watch for free on the Law&Crime Network YouTube channel.