The jury deliberations in the defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have begun.

The jury in Johnny Depp's defamation case against Amber Heard has begun deliberations. Before sending jurors to deliberate on Friday afternoon, Judge Penney Azcarate told them that their verdict had to be unanimous.

"I know that this trial has taken time away from your lives for weeks on end," Azcarate told the jury. "I'm sure I speak for all of us involved in this case when I say thank you for your assistance."

A 2018 op-ed piece is at issue. Heard wrote an article for the Washington Post in which she described herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse," which Depp claimed falsely painted him as an abuser and cost him work in the industry.

Heard countersued Depp, claiming that his lawyer's statements that her abuse allegations were a "hoax" defamed her and harmed her once-burgeoning career.

Jurors heard closing arguments from both Heard and Depp's attorneys shortly before they began deliberations.

Ben Rottenborn, Heard's attorney, told jurors that if Depp cannot prove he never abused Heard, she will win the case. "Mr. Depp simply cannot demonstrate to you that he has never abused Amber," Rottenborn stated.

"A decision against Amber sends the message that no matter what you do as an abuse victim, you must always do more." You must always document more, no matter what you document. You always have to tell more people, no matter who you tell.

In order for people to believe you, you must be perfect, no matter how honest you are about your own flaws and imperfections in a relationship.

Attorney Camille Vasquez said, "What Ms. Heard testified to in this courtroom is the story of far too many women." "However, the overwhelming evidence, as well as the weight of that evidence, proves that it is not her story. This isn't Ms. Heard's tale.

Not only was it cruel to Mr. Depp, but it was also cruel to true domestic abuse survivors. For Ms. Heard to portray herself as a public figure who speaks out against domestic violence. It was defamatory, false, and caused irreparable harm."

Over the course of six weeks, jurors heard more than 100 hours of testimony from witnesses who often gave opposing perspectives on aspects of the former couple's private lives, ranging from movie deals to accounts of violent altercations, either in person, over the phone, or through edited depositions. Deliberations will resume next Tuesday if the jury fails to reach a decision by Friday.