STORY: HEARD: "My back is turned to him and I feel this boot in my back."
DEPP: "But never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way."
After six weeks of dramatic and conflicting testimony, a jury began deliberations on Friday to decide if Johnny Depp should prevail in his defamation case against ex-wife, Amber Heard.
Depp sued Heard in Virginia for $50 million and argued that she defamed him – in a 2018 Washington Post opinion piece – when she called herself (quote) "a public figure representing domestic abuse."
"Extravagant, over-the-top allegations..."
In closing arguments, Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez said Heard's in-court, under-oath allegations of abuse by Depp, including a sexual assault with a liquor bottle, were implausible.
VASQUEZ: "She gave the performance of her life telling you story after story of abuse..."
HEARD: “Johnny had the bottle inside of me..." (flash)
(SOBBING) "I felt this pressure. I felt this pressure on my pubic bone and I thought he was punching me."
Heard has countersued for $100 million, saying Depp smeared her when his lawyer called her accusations of abuse a "hoax."
DEPP: “...nor have I ever struck any woman in my life.”
Depp claims Heard was the one who turned violent in their short-lived marriage.
DEPP: “...the tip of my finger had been severed.”
Heard denied Depp’s claim that a vodka bottle she threw at him caused the injury.
Her lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn, on Friday, reminded jurors of explicit text messages from Depp to his friends.
ROTTENBORN: "I will fuck her burnt corpse afterward to make sure she is dead." (flash) "Ladies and gentlemen, these words are a window into the heart and mind of America's favorite pirate.”
Rottenborn argued that Heard – who never wrote Depp’s name - had told the truth in that 2018 article, and that her comments were covered as free speech under the First Amendment.
ROTTENBORN: "You cannot simultaneously uphold the First Amendment and find in favor of Johnny Depp."