Court TV and Dan Abrams’ Law&Crime network said they plan to stream the verdict in the sensational Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard defamation case live Wednesday afternoon.
Law&Crime’s live network numbers were up six-fold during the trial, Abrams said, and it was drawing nearly 1 million concurrent viewers on You Tube.
Court TV’s viewership was up 239% through May 19 on TV and its streaming usage jumped 300%.
The larger general cable news networks--CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, also carried the verdict live.
The Jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages while Heard was given $2 million.
Depp sued his ex-wife actress Amber Heard over allegations of domestic violence that appeared in a 2018 Op-Ed in The Washington Post and the alleged damage done to his career. Heard could be held responsible for up to $50 million if found guilty of defamation. ■
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