Heard’s closing:

“Think about the message Mr Depp and his legal team are sending to Ms Heard and, by extension, all victims of domestic abuse: If you didn’t take pictures, it didn’t happen. If you did take pictures, they’re fake.”
“If you didn’t tell your friends, you weren’t injured. If you did tell your friends, they were part of the hoax.”

#JohnnyDepptrial #JohnnyDeppAmberHeardTrial
“If you didn't seek medical treatment, you weren't injured. If you did seek medical treatment, you're crazy… if you finally decide that enough is enough, you've had enough of the fear, enough of the pain and you have to leave to save yourself, you're a gold digger”

“That is the message that Mr Depp is asking you to send,” Rottenborn tells the jury.

#JohnnyDeppAmberHeardTrial #JohnnyDepptrial #DeppVsHeard
“They’re trying to trick you into thinking Amber has to be perfect in order to win. She doesn’t.”

#JohnnyDeppAmberHeardTrial #JohnnyDepptrial
And, speaking to Depp’s entire argument:

“This case is not even about whether or not you think Amber abused Mr Depp. Even if you believe they abused each other, he wins... If you believe he abused her even one time, she wins.”

Referring to the texts in which Depp said “Molly’s pussy is RIGHTFULLY MINE”, Rottenborn says:

“This is what Mr Depp thinks about women. Not the person you saw on the stand. This. It’s disgusting.”

#JohnnyDeppvAmberHeard #DeppvHeard
Rottenborn is riled up now, showing the jury a picture of the destroyed closet:

“Even if he never hurt Amber that night, this property destruction is abuse.” He says this is enough to make her feel afraid.

“That is abuse. And it’s disgusting,”

Rottenborn to the jury: “You have to be perfect in order for people to believe you? Don’t send that message.”

#DeppVsHeard #DeppvHeard
Rottenborn: “It’s time to tell Mr Depp that this was his last chance. It’s time to tell him to move on with his life, and let Amber move on with hers. Stand up for free speech. Stand up for the first amendment. This case is about so much more than Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard.”
Elaine’s closing arguments start by saying that this lawsuit itself is psychological abuse by Depp.

“He’s had his chance. He had his chance in the U.K… he’s taken six weeks of your time, six weeks of the court’s time. That’s psychological abuse.”

#DeppHeard #DeppVsHeard
We're on lunch. 45 minutes for rebuttal arguments and then this case will be submitted to the jury for deliberations. Huge

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May 27
#CamilleVasquez on rebuttal on behalf of Johnny Depp:

"The time has come for those lies to come to an end. The time has come for you, the jury, to decide the truth."

#DeppHeardTrial #JohnnyDeppAmberHeardTrial
"Ms Heard has no right to tell the world that Mr Depp physically and sexually assaulted when that isn't true... That isn't protected speech."
"Ms Heard made up claims of abuse, and then she gave a performance where she passionately repeated those claims of abuse, on the stand in front of you."
Read 4 tweets
May 27
Another huge day in court yesterday. Here’s what happened:

#DeppHeardTrial #JohnnyDeppVsAmberHeardTrial #DeppvHeard #deppvsheardtrial
Amber Heard returned to the stand. Her lawyers asked her how this trial has affected her, and tbh it was heartbreaking. I know people are saying that they don’t find her emotion credible but personally I don’t see that; I see a very distressed person.
AH was asked about the mockery and harassment she has received from JD fans. She says she gets “thousands” of death threats.

“People want to put my baby in the microwave, and they tell me so.” She also talked about being harassed by JD fans outside the courthouse.
Read 28 tweets
May 26
I'm seeing a lot of people say that because Heard mentioned on the stand that the op-ed was about Depp's power, that this is an admission that the op-ed is about him and is enough to prove malice, and therefore he wins. That's not right. An explainer:

I see this mistake a lot so I think it's important to clarify how the law works here. Malice on its own is not enough to prove defamation; it's a secondary question for the jury. The first question is whether or not the statements in the op-ed were "false".
So, first the jury has to decide if the statements were false. If they are not convinced that the statements were false, malice and intent do not factor into the question AT ALL. Substantially true statements cannot be defamatory even if made with the world's most evil intentions
Read 6 tweets
May 26
Wow. Absolutely huge day yesterday. I’ll do my best to summarise. #DeppHeardTrial
JD returned to the stand. I thought this was going to be very narrow in scope, just confirming that he didn’t know about the Waldman statements – in the end it was anything but. As before, JD was (for the most part) a very personable witness. He’s friendly, polite, makes jokes
He was asked what it was like listening to AH’s testimony and allegations during this trial. He replied: “Insane. Horrible. Ridiculous, humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage, unimaginably brutal, cruel and all false. All false.”
Read 29 tweets
May 25
A thread on yesterday’s rebuttal witnesses in the #DeppHeardTrial.

Interestingly, most of rebuttal so far has been focused on the specific question of calculating damages for Heard’s counterclaim. So, a quick note about damages.
For claims that are defamation per se, which both the claim and one of the counterclaims are, the plaintiff doesn’t have to prove that the statements were damaging. So, they don’t have to call witnesses to say, for eg, what an ordinary reader would think of an abuser or a liar.
That's because the allegations are so serious that they are damaging on their face. BUT the jury does still have to decide the *amount* of damages, so they have to be presented with evidence about how to calculate how much to award to either party.
Read 24 tweets
May 13
Me again, your friendly neighbourhood legal correspondent, with another little thread about some of the legal issues in the #DeppHeardTrial:
Depp has alleged defamation “per se”, which means that the statements are presumed to be defamatory, without requiring them to be put in context/use of external facts. Defamation per se applies to implications that are particularly serious, i.e. the commission of a crime.
It means the plaintiff, Depp, does not have to prove that the allegations were harmful in order to win – they are presumed to be harmful, because of their severity.
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