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Jury to hear from final witnesses as Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial nears closing arguments

Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool photo via AP)
Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool photo via AP)
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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WJLA) — Rebuttals will continue Thursday as Johnny Depp's defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard nears its conclusion. Both sides are expected to present their final witnesses Thursday, with closing arguments expected Friday.

On Wednesday, Depp returned to the stand in the Fairfax County, Virginia courtroom as a rebuttal witness. He called his ex-wife's accusations of sexual and physical abuse “insane.”

“Ridiculous, humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage, unbelievably brutal, cruel and all false,” Depp said when asked about his reaction to hearing Heard's allegations when she testified earlier in the trial.

Depp concluded his testimony with a final denial of the allegations.

“I have never in my life committed sexual battery, physical abuse, all these outlandish, outrageous stories of me committing these things,” he said. “And living with it for six years, and waiting to be able to bring the truth out.”

Also on Wednesday, supermodel Kate Moss, a former girlfriend of Depp, denied she had ever been pushed or assaulted by Depp during the course of their relationship.

The jury has already heard from both Depp and Heard extensively -- each was on the stand for four days, undergoing grueling cross-examinations.

The "Aquaman" actress concluded her testimony in her defense saying Depp sexually and physically abused her — something Depp has denied throughout his testimony.

"I struggle to find the words to describe how painful this is," Heard said during her testimony weeks ago. "This is horrible for me to sit here for weeks and relive everything."

Heard has said drugs and alcohol — along with paranoid jealousy — are what turned him from the man she loved into the “monster” who made her fear for her life. She said he hid his drug and alcohol use from her and from his family but his behavior made it clear he was high or drunk, often to the point of incoherence.

Depp, for his part, says he was the victim of the violence. He says his ex-wife berated and attacked him constantly during their short-lived marriage. Depp has said he never physically attacked Heard, and that she routinely hit him and threw things at him through the course of their relationship.

This is the final week of the month-long trial which began on April 11.

The trial is being held in Fairfax County because Heard’s lawyers had sought to have the case tried in California, where the actors reside. But a judge ruled Depp was within his rights to bring the case in Virginia because The Washington Post’s computer servers for its online edition are located in the county. Depp’s lawyers have said they brought the case in Virginia in part because the laws here are more favorable to their case.

Closing arguments are set for Friday, May 27 and jury deliberations will begin when the closing arguments conclude.

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