Actor Johnny Depp's lawyers on May 28 presented closing arguments in his closely-watched and highly publicised defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard.
Ben Chew, one of Johnny Depp's attorneys, told the Fairfax County Circuit Court, that the case was about restoring the actor's lost reputation.
"It's about showing Mr. Depp's children, Lily-Rose and Jack, that the truth is worth fighting for. It is," an emotional Chew said. "And it's about restoring Mr. Depp's name and his standing in the community as much as possible, and you can do something."
When Chew returned to his seat by Depp's side, the two shared a hug. A video of the moment is being widely shared on social media.
Remarkable closing argument statement by Depp’s team. You can truly tell that Depp’s team cares about him. Praying that the jury makes the right decision and Johnny gets justice.#JusticeForJohnnyDepp#JohnnyDeppIsInnocent#DeppVsHeard#BenChew#CamilleVasquez#AmberHeardlsALiarpic.twitter.com/BQzK0qMAsd
— ʀ (@reaganmulan) May 27, 2022
The court will continue deliberating on the arguments on Tuesday, after a holiday weekend gap, news agency AFP reported.
Depp has sued Amber Heard for an opinion piece she wrote in The Washington Post in 2018, in which she referred to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. Depp was not named in the article but his lawyers claimed that he had been defamed.
The trial in the dramatic case lasted six weeks. The proceedings saw Heard accuse Depp of sexually assaulting her with a liquor bottle, breaking her nose and pulling out her hair. She also told the court that Depp once pushed his ex-girlfriend, British supermodel Kate Moss, down a flight of stairs.
Meanwhile, Depp claimed that he had never hurt his ex-wife or any other woman. Moss also testified in Depp's favour, refuting Heard's claims that he pushed her.