Jury deliberations continued in the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial on Tuesday, but not before one question was raised. During deliberations, the seven jurors who have listened to weeks of testimony posed a question about how they should interpret the headline from Heard’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed.
The headline for the piece, which is the center of Depp’s $50 million deformation suit, read “I Spoke Up Against Sexual Violence – And Faced Our Culture’s Wrath. That Has to Change.” Heard did not name Depp in the op-ed or in the headline.
“The question is does question number 3, the statement is false, pertain to the headline ‘I Spoke Up Against Sexual Violence – And Faced Our Culture’s Wrath’… or does it pertain to the content, everything written in the op-ed?,” Judge Penny Aczarate read into the record to Depp and Heard’s legal teams who were in the courtroom.
Judge Penny went on to explain the jury’s confusion. “I think the confusion came in this particular one because the statement in question is the title of the op-ed, so I think they are confused as to whether it is the whole op-ed or the title is the statement,” she said. “It is clear that the title is the statement.”