Juror in Johnny Depp’s defamation case explained why Amber Heard’s testimony made jurors “very uncomfortable.”
A juror in the Johnny Depp defamation case told how the jury reached their verdict and why “they were all very unhappy” with Amber Heard’s testimony.
One of the seven jurors, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told ABC News exclusively that “a lot of Amber’s story doesn’t add up” and “most jurors think she was more of an aggressor.” .
“The crying, the facial expressions, the looks at the jury — we were all very embarrassed,” the juror said.
“She answered one question and cried, and after two seconds she became ice cold … some of us used the expression“ crocodile tears ”.”
Meanwhile, Depp kept his composure and, according to the jury, looked more believable.
“He just seemed a little more real in terms of how he answered questions. His emotional state was very stable throughout the entire time,” he said.
The juror added that, in his opinion, both sides “offended each other”, but did not believe that “it makes either of them right or wrong.”
“But to rise to the level of what she was claiming, there wasn’t enough or any evidence to really back up what she was saying,” he said.
The biggest blow to Heard’s credibility in the eyes of the jury was the “fiasco” when she didn’t donate US$7 million from her divorce proceedings to charity, as she said on a British talk show she donated, the jury continued.
Hurd told the court that she had “wholly donated” to the charity, despite previously claiming she had already been donated.
“The video shows her sitting there and telling the host that she gave away all that money. And the terms she used in that video clip were: “I gave it away”, “I donated it”, “It’s gone”. But the fact is that she gave little at all, ”said the juror.
“The thing is, she didn’t give much at all.”
This came after Heard stated that she still loved Depp despite her doubling down on her testimony that he severely abused her during their marriage and stating that she had fulfilled a promise to globally humiliate her.
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In Heard’s first interview since her defamation conviction, NBC Today journalist Savannah Guthrie asked the actress if her pre-trial statement that she “still (is) in love” with Depp was really worth “after everything.”
“Yes, absolutely,” Hurd replied in a teaser for the interview, which will air in full on Friday in the US.
“I love him. I loved him with all my heart and tried my best to repair the broken relationship, but I couldn’t.
“I don’t have any bad feelings or ill will toward him at all.
“I know it can be hard to understand, or it can be very easy to understand if you’ve ever loved someone.”
Heard added that she “supports every word” of her testimony, including that Depp physically and sexually abused her with a bottle of wine during their marriage.
“Until the day I die, I will stand by every word in my testimony,” Hurd continued.
“I never had to provoke it – I reacted to it,” she insisted, saying that the audio clips of their fights were edited and captured in the frame of a victim of violence, whose life was “in danger.”
“When you live with violence and it becomes normal, as I testified, you have to adapt.”
However, she admitted, “I have done and said terrible, regrettable things throughout my relationship.
“I behaved in a terrible, almost unrecognizable way for myself.
“I’m so sorry,” she said, blaming it for being driven to the point where I didn’t even know the difference between… right and wrong.
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Heard told Guthrie that she “feels like” Depp has made good on his promise to subject her to “global humiliation” – as he threatened in a message admitted into evidence in court.
“I’m not the best victim, I understand,” she said.
“I’m not a pretty victim, I’m not a perfect victim.”
The jury in a high-profile lawsuit 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 that Heard slandered Depp in a 2018 Washington Post article in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence”, which they believed was false, libelous and malicious on all counts, and awarded him 15 million US dollars. damages, consisting of $10 million in damages and another $5 million in fines.
Hurd told Guthrie that she did not blame the jury for not believing her testimony.
“I really understand,” she said.
“He is a beloved character and people feel like they know him. He is a fantastic actor.
“I will say how they could judge, how could they not come to this conclusion.
“They spoke in those places and for three weeks they listened to non-stop, relentless testimony from paid employees, and towards the end of the trial, as I said, rando.
“Again, how could they, after listening to three and a half weeks of testimony about what an unreliable person I am, and not believe a single word that came out of my mouth.”
The Aquaman star said she “wouldn’t blame the average person for looking at this and the way it was covered and not thinking it was Hollywood boys at their worst.”
She said the marriage was “ugly” but “very beautiful” at times.
“We treated each other terribly. I made a lot of mistakes — a lot of mistakes,” she continued.
But I have always told the truth.
Speaking to Guthrie, who revealed last week that her husband has advised Depp’s legal team, Heard also commented on the scrutiny of her six-week trial and overwhelming support for Depp on social media. The “Justice for Amber Heard” hashtag has garnered 27 million views on TikTok, compared to Depp’s hashtag of 20 billion views.
“I don’t care what anyone thinks 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,” Hurd Guthrie said.
“I don’t think the average person should know such things. And so I don’t take it personally. But even someone who is sure that I deserve all this hate and sarcasm, even if you think I’m lying, you still could not look me in the eye and say that you think social media has been a fair representation .
“You can’t tell me that you think it’s fair.”
Hurd called the six-week defamation trial “the most humiliating and horrible thing I’ve ever gone through.”
“I have never felt more distant from my own humanity. I felt less than human,” she said.
“Every single day, I would walk past three, four, and sometimes six city blocks along which stood people with signs saying: “Burn the witch,” “Death to Amber,” she said.
“After three and a half weeks, I appeared in court and saw a courtroom packed with Captain Jack Sparrow fans screaming and full of energy,” she said, referring to Depp’s character in Pirates of the Caribbean.
The exclusive interview was secretly filmed in New York on June 9, according to Deadline. To hide this episode from prying eyes, the interview was not filmed at NBC’s iconic 30 Rock building.
The full interview will air on Dateline NBC Friday at 8:00 pm EST (Saturday at 10:00 am EST).
A rep for Heard told news.com.au of the interview, “Johnny Depp’s legal team bombarded the media with numerous statements and TV interviews in the days following the sentencing, and Depp himself did the same on social media.”
“Ms Heard just set out to react to what they did aggressively last week; she did so by expressing her thoughts and feelings, most of which she was not allowed to do as a witness,” the spokesperson continued in the statement.
Depp previously released a statement in response to the verdict saying “the jury gave me back my life.”
“I am really humiliated,” he continued.
“Six years ago, my life changed forever, the lives of my children, the lives of the people closest to me, as well as the lives of people who supported and believed in me for many, many years.
“False, very serious and criminal charges were made against me through the media, which caused an endless flurry of hate content, although no charges were ever brought against me.
“He has already circumnavigated the world twice in a nanosecond and has had a seismic impact on my life and my career.”
Outside of court, Depp’s lawyers put on a veritable welcome from the movie star’s fans, who cheered and waved before the press conference. Speaking to reporters, the legal team thanked the jury for their “careful consideration”.
Attorneys for Camille Vazquez and Benjamin Chu said Hurd’s claims were clearly “defamatory and unsupported by any evidence” and that they were “very grateful to the jury for their thorough deliberations”. They added that they are “very honored” to be working with Depp on this case and that “it’s time to turn the page and look to the future.”
Hurd won one of her three counterclaims for defamation against Depp and was awarded $2 million in damages. The jury found that Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, slandered her when he told the Daily Mail that she framed Depp for a prank when police came to their apartment in May 2016.
Hurd appeared downtrodden and was pictured hugging her lawyer, Elaine Bredehof, before leaving court.
In a statement to News Corp Australia following the verdict, Hurd said she was “unspeakably disappointed”.
“I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence is still not enough to counter the disproportionate power, influence and influence of my ex-husband,” Hurd said.
“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. This is a failure. It brings back the time when a woman who spoke and spoke could be publicly shamed and humiliated. This casts aside the notion that violence against women should be taken seriously.
“I believe that Johnny’s lawyers managed to get the jury to ignore the key issue of free speech and ignore the evidence that was so compelling that we won in the UK.
“I am sad that I lost this case. But it makes me even sadder that I seem to have lost the right I thought I had as an American to speak freely and openly.”