Juror in the trial of Johnny Depp-Amber Heard pronounces, says the story of the actress ‘didn’t make sense’

A juror in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard libel trial is speaking out for the first time – and revealing how the verdict was reached.

good morning america spoke with a member of the jury, whose identity was withheld and who spoke off-camera, and in his opinion, Heard was simply not believable. The seven jurors – five men and two women – who arrived at the verdict felt the Aquaman the actress’ story “made no sense” and he thought she shed “crocodile tears” in the dock, he said. They also felt that Heard and Depp were abusive to each other, but did not think that Depp was physically abusive.

“A lot of Amber’s story didn’t work out,” the juror said. “Most of the jury felt she was more of the aggressor.”

Heard testified that Depp physically abused her and sexually assaulted her during their four-year relationship. Depp has vehemently denied the allegations. Her libel suit stemmed from Heard writing about surviving domestic abuse in 2018 Washington Post editorial. Depp sued her for $50 million and she countered for $100 million.

The juror said they all felt Heard’s testimony was unrealistic. Her crying, her facial expressions and how she looked at the jury made them “very uncomfortable”.

“She would answer a question and cry and two seconds later she would freeze,” the juror said. “Some of us used the expression ‘crocodile tears’.”

Actor Amber Heard testifies next to actor Johnny Depp during the Depp vs. Heard libel trial at Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, USA, May 26, 2022. Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS

The juror said that Amber Heard’s story “made no sense”. He also criticized her behavior on the bench, from her “crocodile tears” to the way she turned and looked at the jury each time she answered a question. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS)

He said he thought Depp “was more believable” at the end of the day. “He seemed a little more real in terms of how he was answering questions. His emotional state was very stable all the time.”

The juror said Heard’s claiming she donated her $7 million divorce settlement from Depp to charity — when she really only promised, or said she planned to do so — was “a fiasco for her.”

“She goes on a talk show in the UK,” he said. “The video shows her sitting there telling the presenter that she gave all that money… But the fact is, she didn’t give much.” (Heard paid $350,000 directly; some donations were also made in her name.)

The juror denied comments by Heard’s attorney, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, that the jury was swayed by social media in its decision. Social media, especially TikTok, favored Depp.

“We follow the evidence,” he said, noting that he and at least two others didn’t even have Facebook or Twitter accounts.

He said that at the end of the day, he felt what was “true” was that the couple, whose divorce was resolved in 2016, “were abusive to each other” – although he didn’t believe Depp was physically abusive to Heard.

“I don’t think that makes either of them right or wrong,” he said. “But to get to the level of what she was claiming, there wasn’t enough evidence or none to actually support what she was saying.”

He also said the jury had not received any guidance on the amount of money to be awarded. Each juror released a number they thought was fair. Depp was ultimately awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages (the latter reduced to $350,000 by state guidelines), while Heard received $2 million in compensatory damages.

As for Depp and Heard’s lawyers, he felt that the actor’s team – including Ben Chew and social media star Camille Vasquez – were “sharp”, while his team had “sharp elbows”, meaning they were abrupt and frequently interrupted.

Actor Johnny Depp stands alongside his attorneys Camille Vasquez and Ben Chew after a break in Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp has sued his ex-girlfriend. wife Amber Heard for libel in the Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post in 2018, referring to herself as

The juror preferred Depp’s legal team – including Camille Vasquez and Ben Chew – to Heard’s. He also denied that the jury was influenced by social media. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Pool photo via AP)

Before the verdict was announced on June 1, the court agreed to a request by Heard to seal the names of jurors for a year. The application granting document did not state why the decision was taken.

Heard, who first spoke to Today this week, plans to appeal this summer. She felt the jurors were swayed by social media, Depp’s star power and her legal team defaming her.

Depp will be back in court next month, with Vasquez representing him, for a personal injury lawsuit that was brought against him by Gregg “Rocky” Brooks. Brooks, the film’s location manager City of Lies, claimed that Depp punched him twice in the ribs before saying he would pay $100,000 to punch him back in the face in 2017. Depp’s lawyers said Brooks “taunted” Depp during an exchange and Depp acted in self-defense.

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