He is suing Depp Heard, his ex-wife, alleging that an op-ed she wrote in 2018 tarnished his reputation and caused him to lose a job in Hollywood.
The jurors heard more than two dozen witnesses called by Depp’s lawyers, including Depp himself. Many testified about the explosive fights between the two.
Minutes after Depp’s legal team rested his case, Heard’s lawyers filed a motion to strike out the entire case, arguing that Depp had not substantiated the defamation case. Suggesting a strike is a common tactic, and asks the judge to issue a summary judgment.
Judge Benny Azcaret rejected the motion in part on two arguments, but said she would continue to consider another argument if evidence regarding it is presented when Heard’s team presents its case.
Heard’s legal team began presenting its case Tuesday with testimony from psychologist Don Hughes.
Depp’s last witness, forensic accountant Mike Spindler, testified Tuesday about his analysis of the profits Depp lost as a result of a 2018 opinion piece, which did not name the actor.
“I have concluded that Mr. Depp incurred a loss of profit of approximately $40 million,” Spindler testified.