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As the blockbuster six-week defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard drew to a close, the courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia burst into spontaneous applause to congratulate the stenographer who transcribed every detail.
The drink, the drugs, the severed finger, the faeces in the bed, Kate Moss, the witness who gave his testimony while vaping in a car, the bodyguard who gave a homeless man US$420 ($NZ640) to get Depp's phone back after Heard threw it out a window during a fight. It was all there.
A jury of seven must now decide if Heard defamed Depp after she wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post that she was "a public figure representing domestic abuse".
The article never mentioned Depp, 58, by name, but he sued her for $US50 million (NZ$76m). His lawyer told jurors it was clear Heard was referring to him and he denies the claims.
Heard, 36, countersued for $US100m (NZ$153m), saying Depp smeared her when his lawyer called her accusations a "hoax".
For 24 days, the former couple have engaged in a dramatic, destructive trial which has played out live on television, and had its highlights clipped and shared all over social media.
One Twitter user asked, in reference to the Colleen Rooney v Rebekah Vardy celebrity defamation trial at the High Court in London: "Do the winners of Vardy v Rooney and Heard v Depp meet in the final?"
But under the surface of the spectacle were some incredibly serious allegations and troubling evidence from which the pair may never personally and professionally recover.
The court was visibly shocked by texts Depp sent to Paul Bettany, the British actor, in which he spoke about murdering his former wife.
"Let's drown her before we burn her!!! I will f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she's dead," Depp wrote. He told the court they were made in reference to a Monty Python sketch about burning witches. Heard grimaced.
There were two versions of most stories. The worst of the violence allegedly came in March 2015 in Australia, where Depp was filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Salazar's Revenge.
It was in Australia that Depp lost the tip of his finger, but their accounts of how that happened differed.
Heard said they started fighting over Depp's alleged MDMA drug use and she snatched a bottle of alcohol from him and smashed it on the floor.
He reacted by throwing wine glasses and bottles at her, grabbing her by the neck, punching her in the face and threatening to "carve it up" with a broken bottle.
At one point, he said he wanted to kill her, she testified.
Afterwards, she claimed he sexually assaulted her by penetrating her with a bottle of alcohol, causing her to bleed. He then punched a telephone affixed to the wall and severed his finger, she said.
Depp's recollection of the encounter was somewhat different. He said the argument started because she became "irate" during a discussion about a post-nuptial agreement.
He said she was slinging insults at him, so he went to the bar to pour himself a shot. Heard, he said, grabbed a bottle and threw it at him, but it struck the wall behind. She then threw a second bottle which shattered on impact and severed his finger, he claimed.
The High Court in London has already found that Depp assaulted Heard on a dozen occasions, but this trial on American soil is being seen in some quarters as a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement in the US.
Depp's lawyers say she is not part of it.
Camille Vasquez, who has become a breakout star of the trial in her own right after a meticulous cross-examination of Heard, attacked the slew of claims as "an act of profound cruelty to true survivors of domestic abuse".
The public is not on Heard's side, either. Many people are lapping up claims she used make-up to fake bruises, doctored photographs to manufacture her injuries and collaborated with tabloid media to expose her ex-husband as a "wife-beater" during their divorce proceedings.
"Believe all women ... except Amber Heard," joked Chris Rock, the comedian.
Battle scars will run deep
Benjamin Rottenborn, Heard's lawyer, retorted: "If you didn't take pictures, it didn't happen. If you did take pictures, they're fake. If you didn't tell your friends, they're lying. If you did tell your friends, they're part of the hoax.
If you didn't seek medical treatment, you weren't injured. If you did seek medical treatment, you're crazy. If you do everything that you can to help your spouse, the person you love, rid himself of the crushing drug and alcohol abuse that spins him into a rage-filled monster, you're a nag."
Rottenborn added: "A ruling against Amber here sends a message that no matter what you do, as an abuse victim, you always have to do more. No matter what you document, you always have to document more. No matter whom you tell, you always have to tell more people.
"For that reason, the battle scars will run deep after this trial and its significance will stretch further than which multi-millionaire has to pay up.
Sexual harm: where to get help
If it's an emergency and you feel that you or someone else is at risk, call 111.
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If you have been sexually assaulted, remember it's not your fault.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE WEBSITE: Where to get help: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/mental-health-addictions/