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Why is the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp trial taking a week’s break?

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Fairfax County District Judge Penney Azcarate concluded Heard’s testimony around 5:30 p.m. ET Thursday and adjourned the court for a week-long break

The judge overseeing the defamation trial involving Amber Heard and Johnny Depp has suspended proceedings for a week.

Heard, 36, entered for a second day into her ex-husband Depp’s defamation lawsuit on Thursday, May 5, who has accused her of portraying him as a domestic abuser. The ‘Aquaman’ actress spoke for more than two hours the day before as she described how she met the ‘love of her life’ Depp until she claimed things had gone awry and abusive. She has claimed the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star used cocaine and abused her, having once subjected her to a ‘cave search’ after accusing her of stealing his drugs.

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Why is the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp trial taking a week’s break?

Fairfax County Circuit Judge Penney Azcarate concluded Heard’s testimony around 5:30 p.m. ET Thursday and adjourned the court for a break until the trial resumed at 9 a.m. ET Monday, May 16. The session will then continue until the closing arguments scheduled for May 27th. The break is a planned break after four weeks of testimony.

Judge Azcarate directed the jury not to read, watch, or listen to anything about the case — including television, news, or social media sites — in the meantime. “What you learn about this case is limited to what you learn within the four walls of this courtroom as the trial proceeds, okay?” she stressed. Heard is expected to resume testimony on May 16, followed by cross-examination by Depp’s legal team.

The ‘Edward Scissorhands’ star is suing his ex-wife for defamation and seeking $50 million in damages after she claimed in a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post that she was “a public figure , which depicts domestic violence”. His lawyers, who are not named, have argued that the arson damaged their client’s reputation and destroyed his future prospects in Hollywood.

During the direct investigation, Heard described a violent altercation in March 2015 while she and Depp were in Australia while the latter was working on the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean. Heard claimed they had a falling out over Depp’s drinking before he threatened to cut her up with a broken bottle of liquor. She said he tore her clothes and entered her with a bottle during the fight. Depp was left with a severed finger after the incident and vandalized the mansion they were staying in. Heard told the jury that Depp wrote on the walls of the house with blood from his fingertip.

Heard recently fired her public relations team and switched to a new one days before she testified in court. She left crisis PR firm Precision Strategies last week as she was reportedly unhappy with the coverage of the trial. In other recent developments, Johnny Depp’s bodyguard Malcolm Connolly said he noticed injuries and blemishes on the actor’s face as his marriage to Amber Heard became strained. On Thursday, April 28, Connolly commented at the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial, telling the court that he had seen Depp go from happily in love to “calm” as Heard became “more dominant” and “demanding” became.

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