The legal battle between Johnny Depp spirit Amber Heard is continuing in Virginia, USA, and it is expected to end on May 27. There is a seven-person jury at this trial and they’ll be asked to deliver a verdict.
Depp is suing Heard for defamation and for 50 million dollars, after she wrote an article in the Washington Post that suggested the actor domestically abused her, while she then countersued Depp for 100m dollars.
When it comes to the result of the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial, it’s not as simple as a victory for him or a victory for her. Here, we outline the six possible outcomes of this trial, which will soon reach its conclusion.
Depp wins and is awarded 50m dollars
One possible outcome is that Depp convinces the jury he was defamed and they agree that he should be paid compensation to the tune of 50m dollars.
Part of his case has centered around just how much the actor lost, with agent Jack Whigham testifying that Depp lost out on 22.5m dollars from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise alone, as a direct result of the article.
Depp wins and is awarded less than 50m dollars
It is also possible that the jury sides with Deppbut decides he does not deserve the full 50m dollars that he is claiming.
That would help clear his name in the court of public opinion too, so it would be a victory, but not a full one.
Heard wins and is awarded 100m dollars
Should Heard convince the jury that she was right in what she wrote for the Washington Post, she could be in for a big pay day of her own.
She countersued Depp for 100m dollars and one possibility is that she is awarded that full amount, although her testimony has yet to explain how she reached that figure.
Heard wins and is awarded less than 100m dollars
Another scenario is that Heard wins but that the jury believes the 100m figure to be too high, instead awarding the actress a lesser amount.
Neither party is awarded damages
Another scenario that could be possible is that neither side is awarded any damages by the jury. This would leave the matter unresolved in the court of public opinion and probably satisfy neither Depp nor Heard.
An out-of-court settlement
This is not a criminal case and neither party will face a criminal penalty, such as prison time.
Since it is a civil case, it could be settled out of court. This, though, seems unlikely at this stage, as the trial is almost over and the former couple’s row on this matter has been rumbling on for years. It does not seem that Depp or Heard would consider an out-of-court payment.