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Amber Heard’s lawyer says having cameras in courtroom turned trial into ‘zoo’

Amber Heard’s lawyer says the decision to have cameras in the courtroom turned the trial against Johnny Depp into “a zoo”.

Lawyer Elaine Bredehoft told NBC’s Today she opposed the decision to televise the trial, and Ms Heard was “demonised” by Mr Depp’s lawyers, something which was repeated on social media.

After an explosive six-week defamation trial followed by millions on social media and live TV, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard each face an uphill battle trying to rebuild their images and careers.

The verdict handed down on Wednesday in Virginia found that Mr Depp had been defamed by three statements in an op-ed written by Ms Heard in which she said she was an abuse victim.

The jury awarded him more than $US10 million (more than $13 million). But jurors also concluded that Ms Heard was defamed by a lawyer for Mr Depp who accused her of creating a detailed hoax surrounding the abuse allegations. She was awarded $US2 million.

Mr Depp had hoped the libel lawsuit would help restore his reputation.

However, legal and entertainment experts said that both actors’ reputations have been damaged by ugly details about their brief marriage that came out during the televised trial watched by millions.

Mr Depp hopes the trial’s outcome will help restore his reputation.(Reuters: Evelyn Hockstein/Pool)

How will the trial affect their careers?

Former entertainment lawyer Matthew Belloni, who writes about the business of Hollywood for the Puck newsletter, said the personal damage from the trial was “too icky” for a studio to want to deal with.

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