A juror in the defamation trial involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is revealing previously unseen details about the group’s deliberations.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, a male member of the seven-person jury claimed that during the nearly six-week trial, the “majority of the jurors believed she was more the aggressor” and that “a lot of Amber’s story didn’t fit up.”
“All of us were really uncomfortable because of the tears, the facial expressions she had, the staring at the jurors,” he continued, referring to Heard’s evidence. “She’d answer one question weeping, then turn icy cold two seconds later. ‘Crocodile tears,’ as one of us put it.”
Regarding Depp’s evidence, the juror seemed to congratulate the actor for maintaining his composure “A lot of the jury believed what he was saying at the end of the day was more plausible.” In terms of how he responded to queries, he appeared to be a little more genuine.”
He stated he “felt Depp’s team was clever,” but Amber Heard’s lawyers had “sharp elbows,” adding that “they were abrupt and regularly interrupted.”
Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard originated from an essay she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018, in which she defined herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Although Depp’s name was not included in the article, his lawyers previously stated in court records that Heard’s op-ed was part of an “elaborate deception” designed “to boost her career.”
A Virginia jury awarded Johnny Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages in early June, though the judge reduced the punitive awards to $350,000 due to the state’s cap.
The jury awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages for her countersuit she filed a $100 million countersuit in 2020, based on a decision that Depp was accountable for a comment made by his counsel concerning Heard.
Later, Heard claimed that her depiction on social media during the trial wasn’t “fair,” a criticism that the anonymous jury indicated had no bearing on their vote.
He told ABC News, “Myself and at least two other jurors do not use Twitter or Facebook.” “Those that had it made it a point not to discuss it. In the end, what I believe is true is that they were both abusive to each other.”
“I don’t think that makes any of them right or wrong,” added the juror. “However, there wasn’t enough or any proof to substantiate what she was saying to reach to the level of what she was asserting.”
The jury was given “no advice on the amount of money both stars were rewarded,” the juror stated, adding that “each juror tossed out a number they thought was reasonable.”
Following the verdict, Elaine Bredehoft, Heard’s attorney, was questioned if the actress would be able to pay the multi-million dollar judgment, to which she replied, “Oh, no, absolutely not.”
Heard told Savannah Guthrie of NBC News on June 13 that she doesn’t “blame” the jury for the verdict. “I genuinely understand,” she remarked, adding that her ex is a “liked figure” to whom “people feel they know.”
Depp stepped out in support of the judgment after the verdict was announced, praising supporters for their “colossal support.” Heard’s lawyer previously stated that he intends to appeal.