A juror in Johnny Depp’s defamation case has revealed why Amber Heard’s testimony made the jury “very uncomfortable” and how they arrived at a verdict.
A juror in Johnny Depp’s defamation case has revealed that the jury was “very uncomfortable” with Amber Heard’s testimony because there was a lack of evidence to support it and she appeared to be crying “crocodile tears.”
Speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the judges on the seven-member panel told ABC News exclusively that “a lot of Amber’s story was wrong” and “the majority of the jury felt she was more of the aggressor.”
“The crying, the facial expressions, the staring at the jury, we were all very uncomfortable,” said the male juror.
“She answered one question and she would cry and two seconds later she would go freezing cold…some of us used the expression ‘crocodile tears.'”
Depp, meanwhile, kept his composure and was more believable, the judge said.
“He just seemed a little more real in terms of how he responded to questions. His emotional state was very stable the whole time,” he said.
The judge added that he felt that both sides “insulted each other”, but does not believe that “that makes either right or wrong”.
“But to get to the level of what she claimed, there wasn’t enough or any evidence to really support what she said,” he said.
The biggest blow to Heard’s credibility in the eyes of the jury was the “fiasco” revelation that she had not donated $7 million from her divorce settlement to charity, as she told a British talk show, the judge continued.
Heard told the lawsuit that she had pledged “the full amount” to the charity, despite previously claiming it had already been donated.
“The video shows her sitting there and the host says she gave away all that money. And the terms she used in that video clip were ‘I gave it away’, ‘I gave it’, ‘it’s gone’. But the fact is, she didn’t give much of it away,” the judge said.
“The fact is, she didn’t give much of it away.”
It comes after Heard stated that she still loves Depp despite her testimony that he brutally abused her during their marriage and claimed that he kept a promise to humiliate her worldwide.
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In Heard’s first interview since the libel suit, NBC Today journalist Savannah Guthrie asked the actress if her pre-trial statement that she “still has love for” Depp “after all” stands.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Heard replied in a teaser of the interview, which airs in its entirety in the US on Friday.
“I love him. I loved him with all my heart and I tried my best to make a broken relationship work, but it didn’t work out.
“I have no ill feelings or ill will towards him at all.
“I know that might be hard to understand or very easy to understand if you’ve ever loved someone.”
Heard added that she “stands by every word” of her testimony, including that Depp physically and sexually abused her with a wine bottle during their marriage.
“Until the day I die, I will stand behind every word in my testimony,” Heard continued.
“I never had to start it — I responded to it,” she insisted, saying audio clips of their fights were edited and caught an abuse victim whose life was “in danger.”
“When you live in violence and it becomes normal – as I have testified – you have to adapt.”
Still, she admitted, “I’ve done and said terrible, deplorable things during my relationship.
“I behaved in horrible ways that were almost unrecognizable to me.
“I’m so sorry,” she said, blaming it for “being pushed so much that I didn’t even know the difference between… right and wrong.”
Heard: Jury fell for ‘fantastic actor’
Heard told Guthrie she “feels” Depp fulfilling his promise to subject her to “global humiliation” — as he threatened in a message recognized as evidence in court.
“I’m not a good victim, I get it,” she said.
“I’m not a sympathetic victim, I’m not a perfect victim.”
The jury in the high-profile trial between Depp and his ex-wife Heard ruled in favor of the Pirates of the Caribbean star after a six-week trial in Fairfax County, Virginia on June 1.
The jury found Heard defamed Depp in a 2018 Washington Post article — in which she described herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence” — which they agreed was false, defamatory and malicious in every way. , and awarded him $15 million. damages, consisting of $10 million in damages and an additional $5 million in punitive damages.
Heard told Guthrie she doesn’t blame the jury for not believing her testimony.
“Actually, I understand,” she said.
“He’s a beloved character and people feel like they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.
‘I’ll put it this way, how could they make a judgment, how could they not come to that conclusion.
“They had said in those chairs and heard relentless testimonials from paid employees for three weeks non-stop and by the end of the trial, randos, as I said.
“Again, after listening to three-and-a-half weeks of testimonials about how I was an incredible person, how could they not believe a word that came out of my mouth.”
The Aquaman star said she wouldn’t “blame the average person for looking at this and how it’s been treated, and not think it’s Hollywood candies at their worst”.
She said the marriage was “ugly” but also “very beautiful” at times.
“We were horrible to each other. I made a lot of mistakes – a lot of mistakes,” she continued.
“But I’ve always told the truth.”
Speaking to Guthrie — who revealed last week that her husband had been consulting with Depp’s legal team — Heard also commented on the intense scrutiny of her six-week trial and the overwhelming support for Depp on social media. The hashtag “Justice for Amber Heard” got 27 million views on TikTok, compared to one for Depp with 20 billion views.
“I don’t care what people think of me or what judgments you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home, in my marriage, behind closed doors,” Heard told Guthrie.
“I don’t suppose the average person should know those things. So I don’t take it personally. But even someone who knows for sure that I deserve all this hate and vitriol, even if you think I’m lying, you still couldn’t look me in the eye and tell me you think there’s been a fairground representation on social media .
“You can’t tell me you think this was fair.”
Heard described the six-week defamation trial as “the most humiliating and horrible thing I’ve ever witnessed.”
“I’ve never felt so disconnected from my own humanity. I felt less than human,” she said.
“Every day I passed three, four, sometimes six blocks of streets full of people holding signs that read ‘Burne the witch’, ‘Death to Amber,'” she said.
“After three-and-a-half weeks, I took the stand and saw a courtroom full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who are vocal and energetic,” she said, referring to Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” character.
The exclusive interview was secretly filmed in New York City on June 9, reports Deadline. To keep the special away from prying eyes, the interview was not filmed in NBC’s iconic 30 Rock building.
The full interview will air on Dateline NBC on Friday at 8pm EST (10am AET Saturday).
A spokesperson for Heard told news.com.au of the interview: “Johnny Depp’s legal team covered the media with numerous statements and televised interviews for days after the verdict, and Depp himself did the same on social media.”
“Mrs. Heard was just going to react aggressively to what they did last week; she did so by expressing her thoughts and feelings, many of which she was not allowed to do on the witness stand,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Earlier, Depp released a statement in response to the verdict that said “the jury gave me my life back”.
“I’m really humiliated,” he continued.
“Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those closest to me, as well as the lives of the people who supported me and believed in me for years were changed forever.
“False, very serious and criminal charges were made against me through the media, leading to an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me.
“It had already circumnavigated the world twice in a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career.”
Out of court, Depp’s lawyers received a rock star reception from the movie star’s fans who cheered and waved at them ahead of a press conference. Speaking to reporters, the legal team thanked the jury for their “careful consideration”.
Attorneys Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew said Heard’s claims were clearly “defamatory and unsupported by any evidence” and that they “were so grateful to the jury for their careful deliberations.” They added that they were “truly honored” to be working with Depp on the case and that it was “time now to turn the page and look to the future”.
Heard won one of her three defamation counterclaims against Depp and was awarded $2 million in damages. The jury found that Adam Waldman, Depp’s lawyer, defamed her when he told the Daily Mail that she defrauded Depp when police came to their apartment in May 2016.
Heard appeared downtrodden and was pictured hugging her attorney Elaine Bredehoft before leaving court.
In a statement to News Corp Australia after the verdict, Heard said she was “beyond words” disappointed.
“I’m devastated that the mountain of evidence still wasn’t enough to withstand the disproportionate power, influence and power of my ex-husband,” Heard said.
“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It’s a setback. It sets the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke out and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It puts back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.
“I believe Johnny’s lawyers have managed to get the jury to overlook the key issue of freedom of expression and ignore evidence so compelling that we won in the UK.
“I’m sorry I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost the right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.”
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