Vanessa Paradis looks upbeat as she ventures alone to Paris, while ex Johnny Depp sweats over the outcome of his libel trial.
The French singer and actress, who shares two children from a 14-year relationship with Hollywood star Depp, looked dapper in a mid-length coat and cropped jeans while out on the town.
She added to her look with a pair of black leather ankle boots, while a casual blue sweater and heavily tinted sunglasses completed things.
Optimistic: All seemed well with Vanessa Paradis as she made an appearance in Paris on Monday, while ex-Johnny Depp sweats over the outcome of his libel trial.
Vanessa, 49, was in the French capital as Depp tours the UK with rock legend Jeff Beck, his first professional engagement since deliberations began in his libel case against ex-wife Amber Heard.
The actor filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, claiming that a 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post damaged his reputation and hurt his career.
In the article, she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp is not mentioned by name in the article, but her lawyers argued that it was clear she was referring to the actor, given that she had publicly accused him of domestic violence during their 2016 divorce proceedings.
Tasteful: The French singer and actress, who shares two children with Hollywood star Depp, looked dapper in a mid-length coat and cropped jeans while out on the town
Heard’s attorneys said most of the article focused on public policy on domestic violence and that she had a First Amendment right to weigh in on that issue. They also maintained that Depp did in fact abuse Heard.
The seven-member jury must now decide whether two passages and the article’s headline are libelous.
The verdict form instructs the jury on how to determine that, including asking them if the statements were about Depp, were false, and had a defamatory implication about him.
Controversy: Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, claiming a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post hurt his career.
Old days: Depp with his ex-partner Depp during their 14-year relationship. The couple separated in 2012
Because Depp is a public figure, Heard can only be found guilty of defamation if the jury decides that she acted with “actual malice,” meaning that she knew what she had written was false or that she acted with reckless disregard for the law. TRUE.
Heard’s lawyers told the jury that Depp’s defamation claim must fail if Heard suffered even a single incident of abuse.
The actress filed a $100 million countersuit against Depp after her former lawyer called her allegations a hoax.
Defamation: Depp is not mentioned by name in the article, but her lawyers argued that it was clear she was referring to the article (Pictured: Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in 2015)
Leading man: Depp is currently touring the UK with rock legend Jeff Beck, his first professional engagement since deliberations began over his libel case.
The counterclaim has received less attention during the trial, but Heard’s lawyer told the jury that it provides an avenue for the jury to compensate Heard for the abuse Depp inflicted on her by orchestrating a smear campaign after they broke up.
The jury verdict form asks the jury to decide whether Depp’s former lawyer, acting as Depp’s agent, made or published three statements about Heard, were false, and were seen by someone other than Heard.
They must also decide whether Depp’s lawyer made the statements with true malice.