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tonight at ten, the actorjohnny depp wins his multimillion—dollar lawsuit against his former wife amber heard and says he's got his life back. do you find that mr depp has proven, by clear and convincing evidence, that ms heard acted with actual malice? answer — yes. thejury was unanimous in its verdict — johnny depp took his ex—wife to court over an article she wrote which falsely implied he'd abused her. cheers outside court in virginia at the end of the six week trial — butjohnny depp was not there. he was thousands of miles away, here in newcastle, where he was seen leaving a pub shortly before the verdict was read out. tonight, amber heard has said she is disappointed beyond words. also on the programme: long queues continue at heathrow, with more cancellations.
the government warns the aviation industry there can't be a repeat this summer. and ukraine beat scotland, taking them a step closer to a place at the world cup finals. and i'm here at buckingham palace, where major preparations have been under way for a four—day celebration of the queen's platinum jubilee. during the day, crowds gathered on the mall, including a group of stalwarts camping on the pavement, determined to get a good view of the royal events. and coming up on the bbc news channel, a new captain and a new coach. but have high prices put off cricket fans from watching england's rebooted test team? good evening. the actorjohnny depp has won his multimillion—pound libel case against his former wife amber heard.
he took her to court over an article in the washington post in 2018, in which she said she'd been the victim of abuse during their 15—month marriage. the jury awarded johnny depp $15 million in damages after deciding that amber heard's statements about their marriage were false and that she acted with actual malice. but ms heard said she was disappointed beyond words at the verdict. johnny depp, who is here in the uk, said thejury had given him his life back and he was "truly humbled". but amber heard did win part of her claim, withjurors finding thatjohnny depp had defamed her, through his attorney, awarding her $2 million. from virginia, here's david sillito. at the beginning of this trial, johnny depp�*s lawyer said this was all about righting a wrong, restoring the hollywood star's tarnished reputation. well, johnny depp, thousands of miles away in the
uk tonight, has received the news that he was hoping for. is this the verdict of the jury? after six weeks in court in six years of angry disputes, a judgment by a jury on the allegations that johnny depp had violently assaulted his ex—wife, amber heard. was this defamation? the answer... yes. outside, there _ defamation? the answer... yes. outside, there were _ defamation? the answer... yes. outside, there were cheers - defamation? the answer... yes outside, there were cheers from the waiting fans at the end of a trial that had been provoked by an article in the washington post which amber heard had written about being a victim of domestic abuse, allegations that she said were backed up with real proof. there was the video... ah! bleep her! what happened ? the photographs... slapped me across the face. then he slapped me again. and hours of testimony. hejust kicked me — in the back.
i thought he was the love of my life. he was, but he was also this other thing. cheering. for six weeks, johnny depp has arrived at court each day to cheers. amber heard, silence — and sometimes worse. can you please tell the jury why you're here today? um, yes... the answer to that question was reputation. johnny depp, hollywood star, was trying to prove to the world that his ex—wife's claims of domestic violence were simply untrue. and more than that, he was claiming that he was the real victim. ms heard, in her frustration i and in her rage and her anger, she would strike out. she'd given me a good chop in the ear, you know. -
suddenly... i said, "go ahead, hit me." bam! so two completely different accounts of a marriage, and one in which johnny depp said he was the victim, and that is what the jury has agreed with today, and not only that, they have accepted that amber heard acted with malice and reckless disregard for the truth. but there has been a second case going on here, one that has been taking place in the court of popular opinion. over six weeks, amber heard had been accused of lying, faking injuries and fabricating evidence. and online... i receive hundreds of death threats regularly, if not daily. thousands since this trial has started, people mocking...
..mocking my testimony about being assaulted. this was a case all about words — amber heard's right to say she was a victim of domestic violence, an accusation that johnny depp says was simply a lie, he was the victim here, and thejury — and much of the watching public — has, after hearing it all, believed him. amber heard said this evening that she is disappointed, heartbroken. remember, in a libel trial in the uk in 2020, a judge ruled, after hearing all this evidence himself, that 12 of the 1a allegations of abuse were, he felt, substantially true. the case fell on her side. now, she has one part of her countersuing case today, there was an allegation made byjohnny depp�*s
lawyer, a comment to the daily mail that there was an elaborate hoax, trying to sexually flummox the police about all of this, and a jury agreed that was deformation and awarded her $2 million. but remember, to bring a libel action in america, there is a much higher bar. this is the land of the first amendment, it is vanishingly rare to succeed, and that is whatjohnny depp has done today. the jury listened to the evidence, they heard him saying that he was the victim, and they believed him. david sillito, with the latest from the court in virginia, thank you. russia has accused the united states of adding fuel to the fire by providing ukraine with advanced rocket systems. the weapons, which have been described as game—changers, have a longer range than russia's. germany also says it has promised to send a state—of—the—art air defence system to ukraine, capable of defending an entire city against russian air strikes. russia has called the move a provocation. russian forces are now said to be in control of around 70% of the strategically important
city of severodonetsk. james waterhouse has the latest from kyiv. faces of anxiety, wives and mothers of ukrainian soldiers on the front line, brought together by a frustration of their lack of support. translation: i'm very worried. i know he's sitting in the trenches there. i know there are wounded and killed. i believe that if they receive proper weapons, they're real warriors and they will fight for the serenity of ukraine, defend our country and get our seized territories back. olga's son was called up to fight two months ago. today is his 41st birthday. translation: it is his birthday today, but i cannot even congratulate him and tell him that i love him and wait for him.
a56 miles to the east, a reflection of ukraine's loosening grip on the luhansk region, satellite images showing damage from shelling to komyshuvakha and severodonetsk. russian soldiers now appear to move through its streets and wander into this state security service building. they're thought to be chechen fighters, who have a reputation for being fierce. almost all of the luhansk region is in moscow's control. russia's gains are relatively small, but the cities they now occupy won't be easily retaken, and that is why ukraine is asking for help to do more than simply be on the defensive. one wish has been granted by the us — precision—guided missiles, which can travel up to 45 miles — with a condition. the ukrainians have given us assurances that they will not use the systems against targets on russian territory.
there is a strong trust bond between ukraine and the united states, as well as with our allies and partners. the kremlin has described kyiv�*s request for weapons as a provocation to bring the west into this war. ukraine has long seen them as crucial for its survival. james waterhouse, bbc news, in kyiv. let's talk to our russia editor, steve rosenberg, in moscow. so these new advanced weapons systems that america has promised ukraine, how much is this going to escalate the conflict?— escalate the conflict? well, you will not be _ escalate the conflict? well, you will not be surprised _ escalate the conflict? well, you will not be surprised to - escalate the conflict? well, you will not be surprised to learn i escalate the conflict? well, you i will not be surprised to learn that moscow is very angry about this. today president putin �*s spokesman said that by sending these advanced rocket systems to ukraine, america was purposefully and diligently adding fuel to the fire — america, he continued, has clearly decided to fight with russia and until the last
ukrainian is killed. earlier, we heard comments from the deputy russian foreign minister, who gave an interview to the state news agency here. he was asked about the prospect of direct military confrontation between america and russia, and he said any arms shipment that continue, that are on the rise, increase the risk of such a development. now, russian officials complain more and more that by sending weapons to kyiv, europe and the united states are prolonging hostilities in ukraine. but whenever the kremlin accuses washington of putting fuel in the fire, it ignores the fact that that fire, it ignores the fact that that fire was started by russia. steve rosenberg _ fire was started by russia. steve rosenberg in _ fire was started by russia. steve rosenberg in moscow, _ fire was started by russia. steve rosenberg in moscow, thank- fire was started by russia. steve rosenberg in moscow, thank you. the transport secretary, grant shapps, has warned the aviation industry that there cannot be a repeat this summer of the travel chaos that has unfolded across much of the uk this week. he told industry leaders that they must do their bit
to resolve the problems which have led to chaotic scenes at airports. around 150 more flights were cancelled today affecting thousands of people heading out on holiday over thejubilee bank holiday weekend. our transport correspondent katy austin has more. everything ready to go, but we have nowhere to go. steve was told at two o'clock this morning that his tui flight to cyprus was cancelled. my other half has been working so hard for a long time, and this morning, she was in tears. thousands of people's plans have been left in disarray, after the tour operator tui cancelled hundreds of flights over the next month. some returning holiday—makers have also been affected. a group who'd enjoyed a break at this hotel in greece were told last night's flight home wouldn't go ahead. the experience with tui, from the airport at manchester until leaving, that should have been yesterday, has been greatly disappointing,
and the communication has been far from acceptable. tui has apologised but said most flights are running as planned. other airlines, such easyjet and british airways, have been making cancellations too. they say most people have been given advance notice. it's the latest disruption to hit the travel industry, as passenger numbers rise following the lifting of travel restrictions. aviation has struggled with issues including staff shortages in areas like baggage handling. there have again been long queues at some airports this week. ministers have accused operators of selling more flights and holidays than they can deliver and called on the industry to act on staffing. the advice has been there for months now from the transport secretary to deal with those recruitment issues. so fundamentally i think what i'm saying is the responsibility is on them to get their capacity in place. the airline and tour operatorjet2 insists it started recruitment early and has not made cancellations but says it has suffered the knock—on impact of disruption
caused by staff shortages elsewhere. the company's boss said ministers�* criticisms were on the whole unfair and businesses faced multiple hurdles trying to recruit. well, the airline industry has become quite an unattractive industry to work in. it was the first one to go into lockdown, the last one to come out of lockdown, and many people left the industry to pursue otherjobs. brexit has taken hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, out of the employment market. as the busyjubilee bank holiday weekend looms, there were also delays to eurostar services today — blamed on an it issue of the french border. the aviation industry says its staffing picture is improving, but the pressure is on to smooth out problems in time for the busy summer peak. katy austin, bbc news. borisjohnson says he has considered questions over his future following the fallout from lockdown parties in downing street, but insisted that staying on as prime minister was the responsible approach.
in an interview with the parenting website mumsnet, he said he was taken aback to be fined and described the partygate affair as a "totally miserable experience" for those in government. damian grammaticas reports. 0n mumsnet today, punchy questions summing up the mood among the website's users. why should we believe anything you say when it has been proven you're a habitual liar? well, i... mrjohnson didn't agree with that, or that he should quit over the partygate affair. i have thought about all these questions a lot, as you can imagine. ijust cannot see how, actually, it would be responsible right now, given everything that is going on, simply to abandon, a, the project on which i embarked to... i get that, but a lot of our users would say you've lost the trust of the people and your government has lost the trust, and you can't possibly be an effective prime minister. well, you know,
let's see about that. yesterday, mrjohnson�*s ethics adviser pointed out that it is a prime minister's duty to uphold the law, but he has been fined for breaking the law. mrjohnson insisted it was inadvertent, but pressure is growing. tory mps know that they cannot trust a word that this man says, where nothing is being delivered and where far too many people are struggling to keep their heads above water. we want tory mps to do the right thing and have the courage and the backbone to stand up and say "enough is enough". cabinet ministers have been rallying. he's a great leader— and the country's lucky to have him. another accused ambitious mps of plotting. many are wrestling with what's best to do. well, i think the mood has changed a bit in the country since the publication of the sue gray report. mps will be going round their constituents. they will be listening carefully to what their constituents have to say, and then making up their mind whether or not to submit a letter. mrjohnson�*s behaviour has
prompted at least 28 mps to call for him to go. 5a in total are needed to trigger a confidence vote. damian grammaticas, bbc news, westminster. the chief operating officer of facebook�*s parent company meta has announced she's leaving the company after 1a yea rs. sheryl sandberg announced her departure in a facebook post, saying she hoped to focus on her foundation and philanthropic work. it comes as meta faces a slowdown in advertising and more competition from rivals such as tiktok. france's interior minister has said he is sorry for the use of tear gas at the champions league match in paris. to gas was used against liverpool fan struggling to get into the stadium. a strict coronvirus lockdown has finally been lifted after two months in china's biggest city, shanghai. some restrictions remain, and residents need to be able to prove they've
recently tested negative. but most people, including our correspondent, robin brant, are now free to leave their homes. what would you do if you were free after 65 days locked up in your home? for some in shanghai, it was the simple things, things they've been barred from doing for months. for others, well... as morning came round, the reality of daily life now was clear — scanning your phone, showing a code. the government's going to monitor who goes where, when, to try to prevent another disastrous outbreak. the speed of the reopening of shanghai has been, frankly, quite surreal. we've had this big bang event in one single day where cars are back on the streets, some of the shops have reopened. there's a basic service that has resumed on the metro. but the new normal now for me
and for millions of people here are centred on this — testing, testing, testing. this lockdown was harsh, brutal for some. it crippled shanghai's economy. it destroyed martin lee's business. he opened his hair salon just a few weeks before the lockdown came. there was no furlough scheme here, no paycheque from the government. 0n the day most of shanghai reopened, he was packing up. he can't afford the shop any more. really sad, extremely sad. my shop is like my baby. i had to close, its like i killed my baby. i don't know if you understand how sad ifeel. this is the first day for me to go back to work, but i wasn't feeling happy at all. for the communist party leaders here, though, this is a vindication. people in china's biggest city, its financial heart, are back by the river.
they're spending money again. confirmed covid cases are barely a trickle. lockdowns work, they say. the forced confinement of 25 million people is over, mostly. but as the new normal here sets in, they know, i know, everyone knows that china's commitment to zero covid means it could happen again. robin brant, bbc news, shanghai. tomorrow sees the start of four days of celebrations for the queen's platinum jubilee. a host of events are planned nationwide, with many communities throwing their ownjubilee parties to mark the queen's 70 years on the throne. reeta chakrabarti is at buckingham palace. sophie, this whole area has been a hive of activity all day, with frantic preparations for the official events. the celebrations will be a chance to look back at some of the momentous occasions and changes of the last 70 years —
so let's have a look at what's coming up. thejubilee weekend starts tomorrow with trooping the colour, which celebrates the queen's birthday. then, after a parade down the mall to horse guards parade, the royal family will appear on the famous buckingham palace balcony. on friday, a special service of thanksgiving for the queen's reign will be held at st paul's cathedral. and back here at buckingham palace, there'll be an open—air concert on saturday night with performances from the likes of diana ross, duran duran and, straight out of eurovision, sam ryder. the weekend's finale is sunday afternoon's platinumjubilee pageant, led by the gold state carriage. starting at whitehall, it will process up the mall to buckingham palace. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports on the build—up to the festivities. the final preparations are almost complete for a celebration that's been 70 years in the making. in the pre—dawn gloom of a rather damp capital city,
the horse guards and others have been tracing the route to be taken by sunday's pageant. 0n horse guards parade, the footguards have been preparing for the event that will launch the jubilee, the first full—scale trooping the colour for three years. and outside buckingham palace, a huge stage has been under construction for saturday's bbc party at the palace. it is the platinum jubilee, an opportunity to step back briefly from everyday pressures to show appreciation to a long—reigning monarch. it's the story of all our lives, as well as the story of her life, that we're celebrating. and i think particularly at the moment, with the way the world is, the way some people feel about politics in this country and around the world, the way people feel about putin and what is happening in ukraine, you look at the queen, and you see somebody who has been consistent, decent, dignified and there, delivering the goods,
delivering on her promises, for seven decades. quite how visible the queen will be at thisjubilee is unclear. it's hoped she'll be able to appear on the palace balcony. absent from the balcony will be the sussexes — harry and meghan — and the duke of york. this isn't the moment for reminders of family difficulties. it has been difficult, this period, and i think hard on the queen, really, to have these sort of family problems quite so much in the public limelight. some die—hard royalists are already camping along the mall. however, their devotion is not universal. not everyone across the country will find this celebration to their taste — not everyone is a monarchist. but it is surely true that the overwhelming majority of people have deep respect for this monarch and her 70 years of service.
in herjubilee message, issued this evening with a new photograph, the queen says she hopes the next four days will give people a chance to reflect on what has been achieved over the past 70 years. thejubilee programme will also be a chance for millions of people at different events across the country to say thank you for her 70 years of service. nicholas witchell, bbc news. cities, towns and villages are gearing up for a weekend of celebrations. community spirit is on full display as people organise events and — although not everyone wants to be involved — many are looking forward to partying after such a difficult two years. our corrrespondent nikki fox has been to hitchin in hertfordshire to see how the town is preparing. 0k! in hitchin, even the cupcakes are red, white and blue. this is a town preparing for four solid days of celebrations. you're having a party
for how many, 25? 25, yeah. and what does it mean to you? itjust makes you really proud, doesn't it, to be british and to have a queen that has been constant in your life for such a long time, and i think it's great. the queen visited hitchin in 2012 for the diamond jubilee, and ten years on, it seems the excitement hasn't dimmed. so far, we've put up 700 metres of bunting across the town, 60 flags from shops. do a lot of the businesses in hitchin really need thejubilee? when we first went into lockdown, the businesses were saying, "you know, once this is all over, we'll have a big party," and it never came because it hasn't really gone away, so thejubilee almost is this sort of unspoken party to sort of celebrate community and being able to be together and not have the restrictions. at this mexican restaurant, they're doing just that — prepping street food, including a royal take on this classic. i'm not really a royalist, i try
to keep my head a bit out of it. would it be fair to say that for you this long weekend, it's more about people coming together? yeah, yeah, yeah, i suppose it's like you still have to go for the fact of, like, the only reason it's happening is cos we're celebrating the reign. but at the same time, we know we've had it really, really hard for a couple of years, but it's all about that optimism of looking forward. the town celebrations will end with a big street party on the sunday. cafe ownerjames will be there. my kind of generation sees it as a celebration of, like, a bit of britishness. they've had a tough year of it, and i think she's everyone's favourite, so you've got to celebrate her! she's all we've ever known. she is, she's all i've ever known, the only royal i've ever loved. in the square, you could feel the excitement building. i purchased a jubilee celebratory biscuit tin! i mean, as a country, like, people all coming together,
i mean, as a country, like, people are coming together, and think of the uk, think of us, you know, you've got a british—born caribbean, you've got polish descent. yeah, it's about people coming together and it's about celebrating the royal family. i feel bad eating all your biscuits from your royal tin. apparently, we're getting another one later, so...! oh, yeah — god save the queen. god save the queen! shortbread does not last long in our house. not everyone will be hanging up the bunting, but there is a four—day holiday for many of us to enjoy. nikki fox, bbc news, hitchin. well, this evening the queen has issued a message ahead of the celebrations, thanking everyone who has been involved in marking her platinum jubilee, and saying she hopes that the coming days provide an opportunity to reflect on the country's achievements during her reign, as people look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm. the celebrations start in full tomorrow with the trooping the colour parade on bbc one at 10am, and we will of course bring you coverage of all the weekend's events. but for now, it's back
to you in the studio. in football, ukraine are a step closer to the world cup in qatar after beating scotland 3—1 at hampden park tonight. they will now face wales on sunday, with the winner quaranteed a place in the world cup in qatar later this year. in the last few minutes, ukraine's president zelensky expressed thanks and pride in his team. our sports correspondent jane dougall has all the latest from hampden park. you might still be able to hear the ukrainianfans you might still be able to hear the ukrainian fans celebrating outside hampden, along with the scotland fans. we have heard some bagpipes and there has been a great deal of iby and there has been a great deal of joy between the two sets of fans despite the fact that there was a football match to play. but this was a match that we couldn't possibly predict the outcome of because of the tough circumstances that the ukrainian squad underwent.
the flag of the opposition and blazed on a government building in glasgow. a scottish take on the ukrainian national anthem. and this group of children, ukrainian orphans, but with a new home in scotland, making their way to watch the match. for a football game, there has been an unusually warm welcome for the opposing fans, but in these times, the game itself seems irrelevant. brute in these times, the game itself seems irrelevant.— in these times, the game itself seems irrelevant. we were promised that the scots _ seems irrelevant. we were promised that the scots would _ seems irrelevant. we were promised that the scots would give _ seems irrelevant. we were promised that the scots would give us - seems irrelevant. we were promised that the scots would give us a - seems irrelevant. we were promised that the scots would give us a big . that the scots would give us a big cheer here and that is what is happening. cheer here and that is what is happening-— cheer here and that is what is happening. scotland has been so su ortive happening. scotland has been so sunportive of _ happening. scotland has been so supportive of ukraine _ happening. scotland has been so supportive of ukraine and - happening. scotland has been so supportive of ukraine and we - happening. scotland has been so i supportive of ukraine and we really appreciate — supportive of ukraine and we really appreciate that. i�*m supportive of ukraine and we really appreciate that.— appreciate that. i'm sure the scotland team _ appreciate that. i'm sure the scotland team will _ appreciate that. i'm sure the scotland team will go - appreciate that. i'm sure the scotland team will go out. appreciate that. i'm sure the | scotland team will go out and appreciate that. i'm sure the - scotland team will go out and do it tonight _ scotland team will go out and do it tonight we — scotland team will go out and do it toniaht. ~ ., ., ,., scotland team will go out and do it toniuht.~ ., . , , scotland team will go out and do it toniaht. ., . , , ., tonight. we do have some pity for ukraine because _ tonight. we do have some pity for ukraine because of _ tonight. we do have some pity for ukraine because of the _ ukraine because of the circumstances, but we definitely want scotland to win. 1ng circumstances, but we definitely want scotland to win.— circumstances, but we definitely want scotland to win. as the sun shone on hampden, _ want scotland to win. as the sun shone on hampden, the - want scotland to win. as the sun shone on hampden, the national anthems began. a moment, perhaps, for this. and the high emotions helped ukraine. scotland keeper
craig gordon twice called upon in 20 minutes. first, a fingertip save, then blocking the shot. before smothering it. adrenaline was coursing through the ukraine team. west ham's yarmolenko with a great first touch and finish. a broken nation celebrated. and from a training base in kyiv, soldiers celebrated the goal under the curfew. not long after the restart, ukraine came again and headed home for a second. ﬁnd ukraine came again and headed home for a second-— for a second. and ukraine are 2-0 u -' for a second. and ukraine are 2-0 up! scotland's _ for a second. and ukraine are 2-0 up! scotland's first _ for a second. and ukraine are 2-0 up! scotland's first chance - for a second. and ukraine are 2-0 up! scotland's first chance didn't l up! scotland's first chance didn't come until— up! scotland's first chance didn't come until the _ up! scotland's first chance didn't come until the second _ up! scotland's first chance didn't come untilthe second half, - up! scotland's first chance didn't come untilthe second half, and| come until the second half, and finally, a mcgregor shot forced its way across the line. but ukraine were not finished. a final push, a final goal. euphoria for the visitors. scotland's world cup dream over, ukraine's very much alive.
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