Day 21 in the Depp-Heard trial will unfold today with Team Heard expected to wrap up its case, with Depp’s rebuttal arriving thereafter. For Wednesday: Depp’s ex Kate Moss is likely to take the stand on his behalf. Closing arguments are set for Friday.
Both Depp and Heard have previously testified in the high-profile, $50 million defamation lawsuit filed by Depp against his ex-wife. Heard has also filed a countersuit.
The trial is taking place in Virginia’s Fairfax County Courthouse, and runs Monday through Friday, starting at 9 AM ET..
Judge Penney S. Azcarate has told the Hollywood actors and their respective legal teams that she wanted closing arguments to take place on May 27.
Both sides are presenting their cases before a seven-person jury, the judge, and a growing online audience. Heard had been on the stand for two days when the court paused from a break from May 9 – 12. Depp’s cross-examination from Heard’s lawyers finished on April 21.
Before Heard, the defense’s first witness was forensic psychologist Dr. Dawn Hughes. Hughes testified about allegations Heard was subject to domestic and sexual violence by Depp. In cross, Depp’s attorneys attempted to undermine her knowledge of the couple’s relationship.
In his early testimony, Depp said he was fighting back against Heard’s accusations, in part, for his children’s sake. At the beginning of the defense’s case, Heard’s team motioned to have the case dismissed, as is required under Virginia law. It was quickly denied, as was expected.