One of the jurors in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial has spoken out about the surprise result, saying that the jurors didn't believe Amber Heard's evidence to be genuine.
During an interview with ABC News that aired on Good Morning America on Thursday, a juror said, “The tears, the facial expressions that she had, the looking at the jury — all of us were extremely uncomfortable… “There were times she'd answer a question and shed a few tears before suddenly becoming icy cold… Some of us used the term “crocodile tears” to describe our feelings.”
He wasn't named by ABC, although he was identified as “one of the five men on the jury” by ABC. Seven jurors, two of whom were women, were selected. The unnamed juror claims that most of the jury believed that Heard was the aggressor and that much of her story did not add together.
According to the juror, “a large majority of the jurors felt that what he was saying, in the end, was more credible.” “He seemed more genuine in how he answered queries than in the past. Throughout the whole thing, his emotional condition remained remarkably steady…”
Continuing to refute assertions by Heard and her lawyer that social media influenced the jury, the juror said he and his fellow jurors “followed the evidence” in reaching their conclusion.
The juror concluded it was “true” that they were abusive to each other. “That doesn't make one of them right or wrong, in my opinion. However, there wasn't enough proof to substantiate what she was starting to get to that level.”
Further, the alleged man claimed, Heard had not donated her $7 million divorce settlement to charity as she had previously vowed, which was another smoking gun. Although she claims to have given away all that money in the video, jurors found that she didn't. “She appears on a British discussion program.
The juror called the situation a “catastrophe,” stating that the problem was “a fiasco” “For Heard's consideration. According to the court stenographer who covered the trial in Fairfax, Virginia, some jurors found it challenging to stay awake for the six-week test.
Judge Penney Azcarate referred to court reporter Judy Bellinger as a “rockstar” in an interview with Law & Crime Network, where she said that “a few” jurors dozed off throughout the trial. According to the judge, the jurors' names will be kept secret for at least one year.
When asked about the jurors nodding off, Bellinger said: “There was a handful who were dozing off.” “Also, it was a challenge. Video depositions were common, and I'd see their heads drop as they sat there motionless.”
Heard recently addressed the $7 million settlement in an interview with Savannah Guthrie for NBC News, which aired in part on Today. In the interview, Heard explained that she “made a pledge, and that pledge is made over time by its nature.”
Is there any doubt about her credibility because she hasn't given the money? “I don't know because I feel like so much of the trial was designed for casting dispersions on who I am as a human, my credibility,” Heard said.
Preliminary excerpts from Monday night's interview show that she doesn't “blame” the jury for their decision. In those seats, “they had sat and listened to over three weeks of nonstop, relentless testimony from paid employees and, at the end of the trial, randos—as I say,” Heard said.
Upon Guthrie's request, the actress confirmed that she does not place the blame for the verdict on the jury “For the most part, I'm sympathetic to their plight. People adore him and have a strong sense of familiarity with him. He's an excellent actor.”
“Again, how could they, after listening to three and a half weeks of testimony about how I was a non-credible person, and not to believe a word that came out of my mouth,” Heard replied when the host reminded her guest that the jury's “job is not to be dazzled… and look at the facts and evidence.”
On June 1, the Depp-Heard verdict was announced. Although the jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages, Heard will only be required to pay $10.35 million due to a Virginia law restricting punitive damages to the actor (the judge reduced the amount). Heard won one of the three defamation counts in her countersuit and was awarded $2 million in damages.
A statement issued after the verdict reads, “The jury gave me my life back.”
Heard, on the other hand, called the decision a “setback” for female equality. He learned from her that the investigation is ongoing, “saying, “I have never felt more removed from my humanity than I have during this ordeal.” I felt as if I were not even human.”
Recent statements from her lawyer indicate that she intends to appeal the decision.
While denying ever assaulting Heard, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor has claimed she injured him. “Every word” of her testimony will remain faithful to her, she has stated, until the “day of her death.”