Johnny Depp shared a heartwarming hug with his lawyer Ben Chew after he delivered an emotional closing argument in the $50 million defamation case against Hollywood actor’s ex-wife Amber Heard on Friday.
Taking to Twitter, internet users shared snippets of Mr Depp and Mr Chew sharing a hug as the lawyer returned to his seat beside him after presenting the closing argument.
In the clip, Mr Chew’s voice appeared to shake as he said, “It’s about restoring his lost reputation. It’s about showing Mr Depp’s children, Lily-Rose and Jack, that the truth is worth fighting for.” The lawyer added, “It’s about restoring Mr Depp’s name and standing in the community to the fullest extent that you can, and you can do something.”
After concluding, Mr Chew returned to his seat beside the Pirates Of The Caribbean actor and hugged him, earning a warm reaction from people on social media. Internet users shared photos and videos of Mr Chew and Mr Depp hugging, and said, “I’m speechless… Ben’s words teared me up… and this hug burst my heart.” “Watching Ben Chew getting emotional and fighting to not tear up during his closing statement was really one of the most touching things in this trial, and there were many. What a great lawyer and empathetic human being,” wrote another.
Several users also praised Mr Chew and co-counsel Camille Vasquez. A user wrote, “Can I just take a moment to congratulate the amazing work that Johnny Depp’s lawyers did this entire trial. Nothing but Class all the way, with credible witnesses.”
On Friday, lawyers for the two sides made their closing arguments following six weeks of blistering mutual accusations of domestic violence between the couple. Both sides have claimed damages to their careers.
Amber Heard’s legal team presented an entertainment industry expert who estimated that the actress suffered $45-50 million in lost film and TV roles and endorsements. On the other hand, Mr Depp’s side said that the actor has lost millions because of the abuse accusation, including a potential $22.5 million payday for the sixth instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean.