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"cnn newsroom." i'm paula newton. coming up, america is mourning over the tragic shootings in uvalde, as president biden makes his way there to pay his respects in the coming hours. we take you to the front lines in the battle for kharkiv. you'll hear why ukraine is insisting peace will only happen on its own terms. voters in colombia get ready to choose a new president as the country tries to come to terms with a painful pass. past. we begin in uvalde, texas, a community still very much in
mourning, beset by grief after the massacre that left 19 children and 2 teachers dead at an elementary school. amid the devastation we're also seeing an outpouring of support for the community. on saturday, you see them there, a long line of mourners waited to lay flowers at a memorial site that was set up outside the robb elementary school. 21 empty chairs placed outside a local business. one, of course, for each life lost during tuesday's deadly rampage. as the community and the nation reel from yet another mass shooting, outrage is growing over why a group of law enforcement officers waited so long to rush the gunman. cnn's adrienne broaddus is in uvalde with the latest. >> reporter: we have seen a mix of emotions. anger, frustration, and disappointment after that 911 call timeline became more clear.
but folks have wrapped their arms around the folks of uvalde and its community. i've seen lines like this. if you take a look, folks waiting to purchase concert tickets or receive free food or other items. but these people are not waiting in line in the oppressive heat to get something, they're here to give and show their support. many have traveled from near and beyond. i talked to a person from el paso, some folks traveled from san antonio, which is about 85 miles away, to lay flowers, balloons, and stuffed animals on the lawn of robb elementary school where those 19 students were killed and their two female teachers. parents we spoke to are stunned. they were shocked after they learned more than 80 minutes passed between the time the initial 911 call came in and when the shooter was killed. >> they were not concerned about the real trauma that was
happening inside. >> honestly, i think they did, they waited too long. too long. i was out here. i was out here and i'm not the only parent that witnessed it. a lot of parents witnessed it. to see that they're saying that it was -- they got in here quick and handled business? that's not -- that is not the way that happened. >> had they got in there sooner and somebody would have taken immediate action, we might have more of those children here today, including my daughter. >> so not only are parents upset, but this entire community is upset. and of course grieving. on saturday family members and friends of one of the victims showed up here to the school. as they walked away from this overwhelming memorial, one of the relatives kept saying, oh my god, oh my god. adrienne broaddus, cnn, uvalde, texas. >> in the coming hours, u.s. president joe biden and first lady jill biden will travel to uvalde to do something they did
just a couple of weeks ago after the mass shooting in buffalo, comfort the victims of gun violence. cnn's arlette saenz has more. >> reporter: president biden is preparing to spend several hours on the ground in uvalde, texas, to try to offer comfort to those grieving families dealing with the losses of two teachers and 19 young children following that shooting at robb elementary school earlier this week. the president and first lady will depart sunday morning from their home in wilmington, delaware, then travel down to texas where the president is expected to meet with community leaders, religious leaders, and most importantly, the families who have lost their loved ones. president biden time and time again has gone into these types of communities to try to grieve and offer comfort with them in the wake of their losses. of course, the president himself has a very strong personal experience with loss as well, having lost his wife and young baby daughter in a car accident.
additionally, his son later in life, beau biden, who passed away from cancer. but ahead of this visit to uvalde, texas, president biden spoke at a commencement ceremony at the university of delaware where he talked about his trip and also issued a call to action for the next generation. >> tomorrow i'll be heading to uvalde, texas, to be with each of those families. as i speak, those parents are literally preparing to bury their children. in the united states of america, to bury their children. too much violence. too much fear. too much grief. while this can feel like a very dark moment in america, i'm optimistic, never been more optimistic in my entire life. here's why.
i mean this, my word as a biden. i mean it. because of you, this generation. your generation. makes me more optimistic. >> reporter: one of the big questions now facing this white house is, what more can be done to try to prevent tragedies like this from happening again? the president has said he wants to see stricter gun control, but says there's not much more he can do on his own on the executive level. so the white house has pushed for congress to take action. there is that bipartisan group of senators who are holding preliminary discussions about possible new gun safety laws, but it's unclear what kind of traction that might get. and there are some outside groups pressing for president biden himself to do more. but for now, that visit to uvalde, texas, on sunday will give the president an opportunity to focus on offering solace, offering comfort to these grieving families who have had their lives shattered. arlette saenz, cnn, the white
house. ukraine's military says some of the most intense fighting of the war is now taking place in the eastern donbas region. according to ukrainian officials, russian troops are on the outskirts of sievierodonetsk and a fierce battle is raging at a hotel on the city's northern edge. ukraine says its troops are in, quote, a tough defensive position. russian state media reports, meantime that a cargo ship has arrived in the recently captured port of mariupol to transport thousands of tons of metal to russia. ukraine is condemning the action as looting. moscow continues to flex military muscle with the test of a new type of hypersonic missile. the defense ministry says the ultra-fast zircon missile flew over 1,000 kilometers, over 600 miles, to a target on russia's east coast. and near kharkiv, reuters is reporting an apparent missile strike on a ukrainian solar
power facility. the site manager tells reuters he believes two missiles were launched from russian territory, causing extensive damage. despite ukrainian gains around that city, heavy fighting still ongoing. cnn's nick payton walsh has more now from the front lines. >> reporter: the forests around kharkiv know no peace. we're just 15 minutes northeast from the city center, and the russians are on the other side of the hill. here, it is a fight on foot waged with vast cumbersome guns. you can see here when kharkiv is being shelled every night, the sheer volume of shells that entails here. this must have been beautiful here three months ago. now pillaged. artillery in the place of birdsong. he's saying, "you can see how they lived like pigs and died
like pigs." it's the kind of hatred we're seeing a lot of. back and forth, high explosive rattles in the pines. like so much of the war, the battle for kharkiv isn't over, it's just slightly out of sight. yet no less vicious or intense. these kind of forests, it's extremely hard for them to know exactly what these noises are. whether it's them firing at the russians 100 meters away action or the russians firing back. dusk brings escalation again. all points north of kharkiv that we saw over three days
traveling, the same picture of russian persistence. even here as we get closer to their border, the rumble is constant. the fight for kharkiv now also one about protecting russia. [ artillery sounds ] >> yesterday and the day before yesterday, we were attacked by tanks, hard artillery. and the helicopters. we hit one helicopter. they afraid of us. >> you smile when you say they're afraid? >> yes. >> reporter: there's no room for grinning further northeast, where ukraine is losing ground it won just days earlier. russia has moved into the next
town up, rabishne, in the hours before we arrive. the ruins fresh. still smoldering. here that means the constant, bewildering shelling has new significance. "we don't know who's shelling," she says. "maybe here, there, that -- it's terrifying." not much has been spared here. moscow hungry to cross the water and eager to punish. the bridge is blown. but it's across the river that russian forces are massed. shelling here constantly. and now, sensing the possibility of taking part of the neighboring town, rabishne. the prospect of a long, exhausting battle of attrition and loathing haunting ukraine's second city. even out here, where calm should flow free.
the fighting grinds on, now the kremlin is facing new pressure to negotiate with ukraine. french president emmanuel macron and german chancellor olaf schulz spoke with russian putin. ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy is tweeting he spoke with british prime minister boris johnson. he discussed more defense support for ukraine, and again the effort to get millions of tons of grain out of ports now blockaded by the russians. joining me is an associate professor of political science at tufts university. thank you for joining us. you make clear that right now, russia and ukraine's interests in this conflict are completely incompatible in terms of trying to get to a cease-fire.
as you see it, though, what could potentially be seen as the outlines of some kind of a deal? >> well, i think, first of all, we have to see which way the military fight goes. i think if ukraine receives more weapons and is able to regain or at least stop russian advances that they have accomplished recently in donbas, i think an outline would be something along the lines of russia withdrawing from the territories of ukraine that it occupied since february. then probably some sort of extended deal, negotiation, potential solution for crimea and territories of donbas it occupied prior to this february. president zelenskyy signaled his willingness, although he does want the ukrainian people to regain control of all the ukrainian territory. he made the distinction between recently occupied territories and those that russia controlled
before this invasion started in february. so i think that would probably be some sort of deal, separate arrangement, for territories. and potentially separate arrangement for the donbas. >> you made a very good point in the sense that what goes on the battlefield will inform what goes on politically later on. listen to president zelenskyy and what he says the bottom line is right now. >> translator: ukraine will take everything back from russia. this is an imperative. and it's just a matter of time. every day at this same time, the time until liberation grows shorter. everything we do is for this. >> what's interesting is that he makes clear again, he is saying they will not cede one inch of ukrainian territory. is this posturing? and do you think by the end the summer, perhaps both sides will look at what they've been able to do on the battlefield and will come to the table?
or do you think it's more than that? politically, this is very complicated even within ukraine. >> i don't think from ukrainian standpoint it is posturing, because for ukraine it is existential fight for survival as a nation, a people, a state. putin makes very clear he sees ukrainian state as legitimate, he sees ukrainian people as not a separate nation, they are part of russia. there is really no compromise whereby ukraine can exist as a sovereign state and russia will be satisfied. i think when president zelenskyy says he does see and that's the prevailing sentiment in ukraine, that the territory needs to be returned to ukraine, that the life of the people in these territories, millions of people who have been subjected to russian occupation. another reason i think -- nobody in ukraine believes putin will really be satisfied and ukraine will be safe even if some territory was conceded.
putin is going to see that as a weakness, he will feel rewarded, and it's a matter of time before they will regroup. again, as long as ukraine exists as a sovereign pro-western state, it goes against what putin defines as russia's interests. >> you've laid out how difficult this is going to be to try to get an end to this conflict. how much more difficult have the allegations of war crimes, the atrocities in ukraine, made this? >> i think they made it much more difficult. exactly the kinds of war crimes we have read about. we have seen bucha, irpin. it is happening outside of cameras in mitch of the territory that's occupied. there are people disappeared, people tortured, activists, schoolteachers, journalists. that's the fate ukrainian government doesn't feel it can abandon its people to. i think there is a wrong perception amongst some in the west that occupation of this territories is some -- is welcoming russian forces. that's not actually true.
it is true that historically the south and east of ukraine has been more pro-russian, but that's no longer the case. opinion polls show that it's in single digits, the population that actually supports the russian agenda and russian rule. i think what ukraine would like to see, i think for the west is a moral imperative, to have justice for the perpetrators of these crimes. i don't think as long as putin is in office, he would agree to either surrender the soldiers who are complicit in war crimes or stand trial himself. i think the war crimes complicate the settlement because even if some agreement is reached on territorial issue or some sort of peace deal is signed, unpunished war cripes, genocidal crimes that russian army committed would remain a point of contention for a really long time. >> yes. three months in, it doesn't seem to be any easy answers even getting to the outlines of what a cease-fire might look like. thanks so much, really appreciate your insights here.
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wow. i mean, wow. that was what the party looked like in spain after real madrid won its 14th champions league title, beating liverpool 1-0. jose vinicius jr. scored the only goal of the match. real madrid's goalkeeper held liverpool to a shutout. this was the team's fifth champions league title in nine years. back in madrid, not everyone felt like celebrating. hundreds fought with riot police, leaving at least one person injured. in the coming hours, millions will head to the polls in the first round of colombia's presidential election. six candidates are vying to lead the country. as stefano ponce de leon reports the winner will enter the office at one of the most turbulent times in the country's history. >> reporter: like millions in her generation, valentina believes colombia should change the way the country's run.
she will vote for gustavo pedro, a left-wing politician running on a message of fundamental change. but that won't be easy, she tells me. her family's worried pedro might be a step too far. so we asked her to introduce us to her family. in front of a platter of empanadas, her grandfather laid out who they think should be the next president. >> translator: my focus here is the education, the future. i respect this generation. but i want to tell them that now it's our time to run the country, and we might do things a little different. >> reporter: pedro proposes large-scale public investment to combat inequality and boost the country's recovery from the impact of the pandemic. >> translator: my pledge here is to really change colombia towards an economy of production and a society based on rights. >> reporter: like other countries in south america, inflation is hitting colombia
hard this year. and that disproportionately affects the working class. but before being a reformist, pedro himself waged war on the state as a left-wing guerilla. >> pedro's past is what worries you? >> translator: yes, i was in the army and i had to fight in the jungle. it was hard. you were sent in and didn't know if you would come back. >> reporter: colombia spent decades fighting rebel insurgents from both the left and the right. the longest civil conflict in the western hemisphere. while a historic peace deal ended the conflict in 2016, pedro's rival from the right, gutierrez, believes order and security should be the priority for the next president. >> translator: we need to restore security. people can't go out and ride their bikes in fear of being killed by robbers. >> reporter: apart from pedro and gutierrez, the third candidate leading in the polls is fernandez, a 77-year-old
populist entrepreneur who mounted a campaign on social media and has been compared to former u.s. president donald trump. if none of the candidates wins a majority of the votes, the two best placed will pass to a second round in june. it's telling that gustavo pedro chose to hold the largest political rally of his campaign in front of a supreme court building that was assaulted by leftist guerillas. on the ballot will not just be how the country should be run over the next four years, but also whether colombia can come to terms with its past. tensions running high after israeli troops killed a palestinian teenager in the west bank. the angry crowds were chanting during his funeral on saturday, the day after the 14-year-old was shot. he's the second palestinian minor killed by israeli troops
in recent days amid deadly violence that's been going on for weeks. israel says the incident happened at this spot that you're looking at in bethlehem after troops opened fire on violent protesters. but the teen's family has a very different version of what happened. >> translator: the witnesses said that there weren't clashes, and the army shot at him though there was nothing going on. he was sitting inside a garage at his friend's house. they shot him. they shot him with six bullets. >> israeli officials say they are reviewing the incident. now i am paula newton. international viewers, "inside af africa" is next. in the u.s. and canada, the news continues in just a moment.
welcome back, i'm paula newton, "cnn newsroom." u.s. president joe biden will travel to uvalde, texas, in the coming hours in a role that's unfortunately becoming all too familiar, consoling a grieving community after yet another mass shooting in america. tuesday's massacre at robb elementary left 19 children and 2 teachers dead. amid the grief, growing outrage about why law enforcement officers waited so long to rush the gunman, even as children inside the school repeatedly
called for help. just hours away from uvalde, both sides of the gun control debate are raising their voices as the powerful gun lobby, the national rifle association, the nra, holds its annual meeting in houston. cnn has more on day two. >> reporter: we have seen and heard two very different points of view here in houston the last couple of days. inside of the convention and just hearing from nra members, they say they are excited to be here. they, of course, heard from the former president, donald trump, who said that he was happy to be here, that he did not want to disappoint his supporters by not showing up. essentially repeating this republican message focused on schools, saying that schools should only have one entryway and that at the entrance, an armed guard should always be there. also saying that there are some teachers that should be armed. he repeated a line that senator
ted cruz had said earlier in the day where they say that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. here's part of former president donald trump's message. >> a now-familiar parade of cynical politicians seeking to exploit the tears of sobbing families, to increase their own power and take away our constitutional rights. every time a disturbed or demented person commits such a hideous crime, there's always a grotesque effort by some in our society to use the suffering of others to advance their own extreme political agenda. >> reporter: outside of the convention, a completely different message. you're hearing the channels that say "shame on you." they are demanding change. they are asking for stricter gun control legislation. and they say that more can be done, including voting and getting their elected officials
involved. beto o'rourke, who is the democratic gubernatorial candidate up for governor here in the state of texas, spoke on friday, and here is what he told his supporters. >> the time for us to have stopped uvalde was right after sandy hook. the time for us to have stopped ewe vauld dewas right after parkland. the time for us to have stopped uvalde was right after santa fe high school. the time for us to stop the next mass shooting in this country is right now, right here, today, with every single one of us. >> reporter: a lot of the people that had been out here the last couple of days say that voting is key and they're going to get involved over the next couple of months to get that change that they so desperately want. camila bernal, cnn, houston, texas. ♪ this is my story ♪
sounds from the funeral held for ruth whitfield. she is the eldest victim killed during the mass shooting in buffalo, new york, earlier this month. whitfield and nine others were killed when a white male gunman opened fire at a supermarket in a largely black neighborhood. the u.s. vice president, kamala harris, attended the funeral sunday and condemned what she called an epidemic of hate. she also stressed the need for americans to come together. >> this is a moment that requires all god-loving people to stand up and say, we will not stand for this. enough is enough. we will come together based on what we all know we have in common, and we will not let those people who are motivated by hate separate us or make us fell feel. >> the vice president has called for a ban on assault weapons and enhanced background checks for gun purchasers.
joining me is dr. megan rainy, emergency physician, academic dean of public health at brown university in rhode island. i want to thank you for being here on what have been some really tough days. you argue quite persuasively, in fact that gun reform needs to be treated as a public health crisis. there is no better or more demoralizing statistic right now to prove your point. firearms became the leading cause of death for kids in the united states between the ages of 1 and 19. it's tragic. two-thirds are homicides. the rest mostly suicide, and tragically, accidents. describe as a physician the scope of this public health crisis as you see it now. >> this is not a new problem. we have been seeing the number of firearm injuries and deaths rise year upon year for over a decade. many of us in medicine and
public health have been trying to call attention to it. we saw that firearms became the second leading cause of death for kids. now it's the first leading cause of death. day after day in emergency departments across the country, we take care of these victims of firearm injury, and we keep asking, when does this become enough? for us as a nation to care, for us to be ready to apply those same public health tools that we apply to any other epidemic. to this problem that is literally killing our kids. >> yeah, and again, you just said it. the trauma that you see in your emergency rooms on children, the victims of gun violence. you say there can be a third way. this is what we want to get into. what's most intriguing here is that you say it's going to get us away from this futile stalemate, right? what does it entail, the way you see it? >> so the way that i and many others want to approach firearm
injury and have been trying to do, often with our own funds, with foundation money, or with a small amount of federal funds that have been appropriated for this issue, is to deal with firearm injury the same way that we deal with any other health problem. we start with getting data. we figure out who's at risk. we develop interventions that work. then we put them in place. that's what we did for covid, right? we developed vaccines. we figured out that masking works. we figured out that ventilation works. together, we haven't gotten rid of every covid death. we've made a lot of progress. same thing for heart disease, for car crashes. we've shown over and over that if you use science, you can make progress. certainly policy is part of that progress. but policy alone is never sufficient. again, look at covid. masks are absolutely critical. look at all the division in the country around masking. what also matters is getting vaccines in arms. same thing for guns.
we can make obviously policy changes that would make a huge difference. while we are waiting, we can do things on a community and individual level to help change this trajectory so that we can stop people from having to come through the doors of my and others' e.r. for care. >> one of the key things i found intriguing, this is hard, it sounds easy but it's very hard, you're saying that as health professionals, you also lean into getting that expertise from people who are expert in firearms and trying to keep people safe. what does that look like in terms of the programs that you've been involved in? >> i'm going to give you a very concrete example. going back five years. before parkland. i actually cofounded a nonprofit called "affirm" with a fellow physician who as firearm owner and rifle safety instructor. we've worked the last five years to set up partnerships that help to develop and include norms
from the firearm-owning community around safe storage, around identifying people who are at risk of gun misuse. listen, 40% of americans are firearm owners. we have to make sure that firearm owners are part of the solution or else whatever we do is not going to work. >> this is a tough question. you're on the front lines of this. but one thing everyone wants is to avoid the politicization. how is that done? have you had any success in doing that? >> to a certain extent, there are people who are going to politicize any issue in this country right now. and you can't try to please everyone. but there are middle grounds. and actually, when you look at it, most americans want their kids to be safe when they go to school. most americans want to be safe when they go to the grocery store, to a church, to a yoga studio. and when you start from that point of view, of we are trying to keep people safe, you actually find a lot of areas of
consensus. there's of course consensus around the importance of keeping guns out of the hands of people who are perpetrators of domestic violence, out of people who are threatening to kill themselves or others through things like red flag laws and through other similar programs. that's one way. you can also form consensus by creating community programs, by exploring ways to advance those normative changes. we've had a lot of progress, but we are only at the beginning. >> yeah, and a long way to go. yet some really enlightening information there. i'm hopeful that some of this will make it into a lot of the public health programs. dr. megan rainy, thank you again. >> thank you. here in the u.s., it's memorial day weekend. ahead, how some americans will mark this special occasion honoring military members who died serving the country. high temperatures are fueling dangerous fire conditions in many parts of the
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♪ beautiful voices there. you're watching a sneak preview of the national memorial day concert in washington, d.c. sunday's event features a long list of performers paying tribute to u.s. military members who died serving their country. monday is the official federal holiday. memorial day weekend is usually a busy travel holiday in the united states, but record fuel prices, they're really eye popping these days, affecting americans' travel plans by car or plane. nadya romero has our story. >> reporter: it's the unofficial start to summer, memorial day weekend. that means for many americans, hitting the road and traveling. but if you're doing that this weekend, you'll likely notice much higher gas prices. the highest recorded national average on saturday, $4.60 per
gallon of regular gas. and while that's up more than $1.55 compared to this time last year, despite all of that, aaa says they are expecting some 35 million americans to hit the road in their car throughout the weekend. and that's up about 5% compared to last year. we spoke with a rideshare driver who says she's still driving but she's noticing the higher gas prices. another woman says she made sure to go to a particular gas station just to save 40 cents compared to the gas station closer to her house. listen how gas prices are affecting her travel. >> i've rethought some of my summer plans, both in flying and driving. i won't do quick trips down to florida to see family and stuff in the car. and i'll probably limit some of my plane travel, just until everything drops back down a little bit. because it's pretty tough to swallow. >> reporter: it's not just car
travel but air travel as well. the atlanta airport, the nation's busiest airport, says they're anticipating some 2 million people to come through their airport from this past thursday through wednesday with the highest projected passenger traffic to happen on friday at 311,000 passengers. when we speak with gas experts at gas buddy or petroleum analysts, they say these high gas prices will remain throughout the summer. millions of people, meantime in the southwestern u.s. are under red flag warnings this memorial day weekend. high temperatures, dry wind -- sorry, dry air, and strong winds are fueling dangerous fire conditions. that's including the kath canyon hermit's peak fire in new mexico. as of saturday the largest fire in the state's history burned more than 314,000 acres and was only about 50% contained. cnn's derek van dam has been
following all of this for us. i always ask you, is there any relief on the way? >> unfortunately not. i wish i had better news. because this weekend, through the extended holiday weekend, we are going to see the winds pick up across the hermit's peak and calf canyon fire. unfortunately, all of this area where you see pink under red flag warnings. basically that means the national weather service has identified this area as a high risk for fire weather. we have the dry conditions. we have the heat. we have the winds. that's one of the major problems as well. and you can see this in a different example. that area from albuquerque to amarillo. that's where we have critical fire danger in store for the day today. look at how the winds pick up by this afternoon and evening. could gust over 40 miles per hour in some of those harder burned areas across central new mexico. of course, we have been talking about this hermit's peak and calf canyon fire that is the state's largest recorded
wildfire in the entire history of new mexico. that's just incredible. look at the hot weather persisting through the course of the weekend. we have quite a shot of cold air that's going to move in across the upper midwest and into the great lakes. when you get the interaction with the heat and the cold air, you know what that means. that spells trouble, severe storms. that's the forecast today across the northern plains. extending into the upper midwest. you can see two rounds of storms that will impact places like minneapolis to the south and west from tonight, then once again for the day on monday. so memorial day will at least bring the threat of severe storms as you travel back from your destination. so heads up, keep an eye to the sky. anywhere from duluth to minneapolis, des moines, fargo, and then today we have yet another chance of severe storms. enhanced risk according to the storm prediction center across central minnesota. there's snowfall across the northern rockies. some of those thunderstorms across the central and northern plains and the upper midwest
could dump 1 to 2 inches of rainfall in a quick period of time. so localized flooding is a potential as well. a quick look at your memorial day weekend forecast. temperatures starting to climb up for the nation's capital as well as new york city. more of the same for atlanta and chicago. out west, the pacific northwest, that's where things actually take a nose dive. behind our cold front, cooler air bringing our chances of rain to places like denver, rapid city, then even further west, seattle to san francisco to salt lake city, expecting temperatures in the 60s and 50s. believe it or not, i think i'd like those temperatures if we were in atlanta. you know how hot it can get down here. that would be quite the relief for us. >> yeah, at the same time it's been such a late spring in the pacific northwest. i think they want a little bit of that heat. >> that's true, i'll give to it them gladly. >> derek, thanks. jury deliberations in the johnny depp/amber heard case are set to resume. everything you need to know about a defamation lawsuit straight ahead.
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his ex-wife movie star amber heard. the jury in depp's $50 million defamation lawsuit has been taking a break in deliberating this memorial day, but cnn's alison kosik has a wrap-up of the evidence. >> reporter: the jury got the case friday afternoon and began deliberating in the civil defamation trial between johnny depp and ex-wife amber heard. the trial stems from a 2018 op-ed that heard wrote in "the washington post" where she identified herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. she didn't name depp in the piece but depp says that accusations falsely painted him as an abuser and negatively impacted his acting career, saying the motion picture studios in hollywood won't touch him because of her allegations. heard counter-sued depp, saying his attorneys' statements calling her abuse claims a hoax defamed her and caused her once-blossoming career to suffer. there's a lot for the jury to go
through. for six weeks jurors listened to more than 100 hours of evidence from witnesses. depp and heard took the stand multiple times as well. with each side giving contradicting viewpoints of aspects of the former couple's private life, from movie deals to accounts of violent interactions. during the trial, depp's now ex-wife, amber heard, alleged she went through years of abuse and violence and gave graphic details. depp testified he never abused heard and said that she was the aggressor. his attorneys showed graphic photos of his partially severed finger that he says happened after heard threw a glass bottle at him. both sides gave closing arguments friday. >> we ask you to give mr. depp his life back. by telling the world that mr. depp is not the abuser miss heard said he is and hold miss heard accountable for her life. >> a ruling against amber here sends a message that no matter what you do as an abuse victim, you always have to do more.
don't send that message. >> reporter: the seven jurors deliberated about two hours friday and they'll be back tuesday morning. meantime, the judge in the case reminded jurors not to read or consume any news about the case or discuss it over the long holiday weekend. but this case has captured a ton of attention. not just because the trial was televised but it's all over social media too, especially instagram and tiktok, where there's no shortage of people dishing out their opinions about this case. alison kosik, cnn, new york. i'm paula newton. thanks for watching. i will be right back with more "cnn newsroom" in a moment.
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