Johnny Depp asks Judge to Strike ‘Inappropriate Argument’ in Amber Heard Closing Statement


Johnny Depp’s lawyers took issue with Amber Heard team’s ‘inappropriate argument’ during their closing statement.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor sued Heard after she penned an op-ed in The Washington Post descrbing herself as a victim of domestic abuse. The article did not mention Depp by name but the 58-year-old argued that his career has been negatively impacted because of these allegations.

During Heard’s closing argument, the jurors were asked to think about the “message” that ruling against the actress would send to other domestic violence victims.
“In trying to convince you that Mr Depp has carried his burden of proof in proving that he was never abusive to Amber on even one occasion, think about the message that Mr Depp and his attorneys are sending to Amber and by extension to every victim of domestic abuse everywhere,”
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Depp’s team requested that Judge Penney Azcarate strike the argument from the court record, ask the jury to disregard it and to revise the Special Verdict Form.
Azcarate claimed she would not consider the motion as the deliberation is already well underway.
On May 27 during his closing statement, Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn warned the jurors that ruling in favour of Depp would mark them as an “accomplice” to Depp’s alleged abuse.

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