Elon Musk finally broke his silence about Amber Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp with words of praise for both actors after their lawyers gave closing arguments in their defamation trial. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who dated the actress for several months after the acting couple’s split, was originally named as a potential witness in the case but ultimately did not testify in the case.
The jury began deliberations on a verdict on May 27 and is due back in court on May 31 after Memorial Day weekend. “I hope they both move on,” Musk tweeted May 27, hours after the hearing ended. “At their best, they are each incredible.” Musk made his comments in response to MIT research scientist and podcaster Lex Fridman.
Lex tweeted, “My takeaways from Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard trial: 1. Fame is one hell of a drug (for some). 2. Psychiatrists & lawyers come in drastically varying levels of skill. 3. Lying to millions of people is something humans are capable of. 4. Love can be messy. 5. Mega pint of wine.”
Johnny Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for allegedly defaming him in a Washington Post op-ed, in which she wrote, “I became a public figure representing domestic abuse,” without naming the actor. Heard is countersuing Depp for $100 million. Both accuse each other of domestic violence during their one year of marriage, with each denying abuse themselves.
In his defamation lawsuit, Depp accused Heard of having an intra-marital affair with the billionaire. “Unbeknownst to Mr. Depp, no later than one month after his marriage to Ms. Heard, she was spending time in a new relationship with Tesla and Space X founder, Elon Musk,” the filing states. Heard and Musk sparked romance rumors around July 2016. They stepped out publicly together for the first time and also became Instagram official in April 2017. The following August, multiple reports said the two had broken up.