Depp's Lawyer Calls Heard's Domestic Violence Restraining Order Her Most 'Damaging Blow' Johnny Depp's lawyer, Camille Vasquez sa

Johnny Depp's lawyer, Camille Vasquez says Amber Heard's restraining order was her most "damaging blow" in closing arguments on Friday.
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The Depp v. Heard $50 million defamation trial is coming to a close, as the jury has begun deliberations after both sides completed closing arguments on Friday (May 27) in the Fairfax County, Virginia courthouse.

The 58-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star brought the case against his ex-wife in March 2019, alleging she defamed him by describing herself as a victim of domestic violence in a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post.

Heard, 36, is countersuing for $100 million, for comments made by Adam Waldman, Depp's former lawyer claimed that she was only ever violent against Depp in self-defense or defense of her younger sister, per NBC News.
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Per Insider, Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez concluded the closing arguments with her rebuttal, pleading with the jury to deliver a verdict in their client's favor, so that he may get his career and reputation back.

Watch Depp's lawyer's closing argument below:

Vasquez told jurors: "Miss Heard struck a blow against Mr. Depp that was more damaging than any physical blow she had ever landed, when she walked into court six years ago today on May 27, 2016."

Per NBC News, after Heard filed for divorce from Depp, she was granted a temporary restraining order against her ex-husband after she claimed that he had thrown a cell phone at her. "During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny Depp has been verbally and physically abusive to me," Heard said in her sworn declaration.

Vasquez continued: "[Depp] resolved to leave Miss Heard, he was done. And when Miss Heard learned that Mr. Depp was done, that she was really losing him, she went on the attack.

"She filed for divorce before Mr. Depp could. Then, as you Heard from Mr. Depp’s divorce lawyer, Miss Heard sent a letter, demanding financial support. And when her demands weren’t met, Miss Heard struck a blow against Mr. Depp when she walked into court [in 2016] to get a domestic violence restraining order against Mr. Depp."

Vasquez claimed that the Aquaman star filed the "false report of domestic abuse" and tipped off the paparazzi: "The photos captured what she wanted them to see: the image of a battered woman."

The attorney stated it's up to jurors to "hold Miss Heard accountable for her lies", adding: "What is at stake in this trial is a man's good name. Even more, than that, what's at stake in this trial is a man's life."

Depp's lawyer then said: "There is an abuser in this courtroom, but it is not Mr. Depp. There is a victim of domestic violence in this courtroom, but it is not Miss Heard."

She also implied that Heard intentionally showed doctored photos of the abuse and that the allegations are "wild, over the top and implausible".

Vasquez told jurors: "You either believe all of it or none of it. Either Mr. Depp 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."

"It was an act of profound cruelty, not just to Mr. Depp but to true survivors of domestic abuse, for Ms. Heard to hold herself as a public figure representing domestic violence. It was false, it was defamatory, and it caused irreparable harm," Vasquez concluded.

As reported by Yahoo, Judge Penney Azcarate said jurors may continue deliberating into Friday night "within reason." They are prepared to continue deliberating on Tuesday, after Memorial Day weekend.

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