A juror in the libel trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has broken his silence to reveal his ‘chilling’ testimony was seen as ‘crocodile tears’ by the panel.
The male juror, whose name and juror number have not been released, told ABC hello america in an interview aired Thursday morning that the jury found the Aquaman the actress’ emotional testimony “didn’t add up” and they believed she was the “aggressor” in the former couple’s doomed relationship.
“The crying, the facial expressions she had, the staring at the jury,” he said.
“We were all very uncomfortable…she was answering a question and she was crying and two seconds later she was going freezing…some of us were using the phrase ‘crocodile tears’.”
He added: ‘Much of Amber’s story didn’t fit… The majority of the jury felt she was more the perpetrator.’
The juror, one of five men on the seven-person jury that sided with Mr Depp in the bombing case, said the Pirates of the Caribbean the actor was “more believable” and “real” when he spoke.
“A lot of the jury members felt that what he was saying, in the end, was more believable…he just seemed a bit more real in terms of how he answered questions,” he said. he declares.
“His emotional state was very stable throughout.”
However, the juror said he believed Mr Depp and Ms Heard were violent towards each other, but there was not enough evidence to support Ms Heard’s claims.
“What I believe to be true is that they were both violent towards each other,” he said.
“I don’t think that makes them right or wrong and to rise to the level of what she was claiming there was not enough or any evidence that really supported what she was saying.”
The juror also pushed back against suggestions by Ms Heard and her team that the jury may have been swayed by social media, which has been heavily biased in favor of Mr Depp throughout the high-profile case.
“We followed the evidence. Myself and at least two other jurors do not use Twitter or Facebook,” he said.
“Others who had it were careful not to talk about it.”
Throughout the six-week trial, a bizarre online obsession exploded on social media with TikTok users sharing edited clips of the courtroom drama, memes and conspiracies about the case.
The online frenzy was heavily skewed in favor of Mr Depp, with hashtags such as #amberheardisaliar and #justiceforjohnnydepp dominating.
A particularly damning part of Ms. Heard’s trial was the discrepancies revealed between Ms. Heard’s promise to donate her entire $7 million divorce settlement to charity and the actual payments made, it said. he declares.
When the couple’s $7million divorce settlement was reached in August 2016, Ms Heard said she would split the entire payment equally between the ACLU and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
During the six-week trial, the Aquaman The actress has come under scrutiny over the pledge after it emerged the ACLU has so far received less than half of the $3.5million payment she was promised .
Jurors saw a clip of Ms Heard’s appearance on a Danish TV show RTL late at night in October 2018, where she said “7 million dollars have been donated in total”.
“I split the amount between the ACLU and the CHLA. The ACLU is a leading nonprofit organization in the United States and works on behalf of marginalized communities on the ground and in legislative reform,” she said on the show.
“I didn’t want anything.”
During extensive cross-examination by Mr Depp’s lawyers, Ms Heard had told the court that she used the terms ‘pledged’ and ‘given’ interchangeably.
The juror called the donation saga a “fiasco for her”.
“She is on a talk show in the UK. The video shows her sitting there telling the host that she gave away all that money and the words she used in that music video were, “I gave it away.” “I gave it.” “Here we go,” he said.
“But the thing is, she didn’t give much at all.”
Mr Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation over a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post where she described herself as a victim of domestic violence and said she felt “the full force of our culture’s anger for women speaking out.”
Following an explosive six-week trial, a seven-person jury determined Ms Heard defamed him on all three counts.
Jurors awarded Mr. Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, before Fairfax County Circuit Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the latter to the legal limit of 350 000 state dollars.
Ms Heard won one of her three counterclaims against her ex-husband, with the jury finding that Mr Depp – via his lawyer Adam Waldman – defamed her by calling her allegations about a 2016 incident “an ambush, of hoax”.
She was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages but $0 in punitive damages, leaving the Aquaman actor $8.35 million out of pocket.
The juror’s comments on the deliberations come after Ms Heard sat down for an interview with NBC’s Today’s show host Savannah Guthrie where she said she still ‘loves’ Mr Depp but fears he will try to sue her again.
Ms Heard said she planned to appeal the verdict.
Meanwhile, Mr. Depp is preparing for another legal fight in an upcoming lawsuit brought by former colleague Gregg “Rocky” Brooks.
Mr Brooks accused Mr Depp of hitting him twice on the set of the crime drama city of lies back in April 2017.
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