One of the jurors from the recent Depp v Heard trial has taken exception to accusations that they had been influenced by social media, revealing some new insight into what actually led to the verdict. With the televised trial, Johnny Depp was suing ex-wife Amber Heard for allegedly defaming him by fabricating allegations of domestic abuse. Depp was seeking $ 50 million in damages while Heard was asking for $ 100 million with her counterclaim, arguing she’s been the one defamed.
The jury ultimately ruled heavily in Depp’s favor by agreeing that Heard’s allegations were “false and defamatory,” awarding the actor a $ 15 million payout. Though, Heard was awarded $ 2 million, as the jury also found Depp liable for one of three counts of alleged defamation due to comments made by his former attorney Adam Waldman. Following the trial, Heard’s attorney suggested that jurors were influenced by social media, arguing that the case had so much coverage it was impossible to avoid the online chatter.
In her first post-trial interview, Heard said she does not “blame” the jury, explaining that they had spent weeks listening to testimony from “paid employees” and “randos” assembled by Depp’s attorneys to undermine her credibility. This information has gotten back to one of the jurors, who did an interview with Good Morning America (per Variety) to offer some clarification into the jury deliberations. The juror shut down the notion that social media was a factor by saying that it was never discussed by the jury.
“We followed the evidence… myself and other jurors do not use Twitter or Facebook. Others who had it, made a point not to talk about it. ”
According to the unnamed juror, who was one of five men on the seven-person jury, the evidence presented simply did not corroborate Heard’s stories. He claims that Heard consistently peering over at the jury made them “uncomfortable” and also stated that none of them believed that the actress was genuinely crying on the stand.
“The crying, the facial expressions that she had, the staring at the jury. All of us were very uncomfortable. She would answer one question and she would be crying, and two seconds later she would turn ice cold. Some of us used the expression ‘crocodile tears.’ ”
The Jury Felt Johnny Depp Proved His Case
Conversely, the jury is also said to have found Johnny Depp to be more “believable” with his testimony.
“A lot of the jury felt what [Depp] was saying, at the end of the day, was more believable. He just seemed a little more real in terms of how he was responding to questions. His emotional state was very stable throughout. “
One particularly damning moment for Heard in the trial came when it was divulged that she had not donated her $ 7 million divorce settlement to charity. Footage was played of Heard on television clearly stating that she had donated the money, and while she would later testify that she considers “pledge” and “donate” to be synonymous, this severely tarnished Heard’s credibility in the eyes of the jury.
“She goes on a talk show in the UK and the video shows her sitting there, telling the host she gave all that money away. The terms she used in that video clip were, ‘I gave it away, I donated it, it’s gone.’ But the fact is, she did not give much of it away at all. ”
While the majority of the public is not supportive of Heard, she has stated in her recent interview that she stands by every word of her testimony. Her lawyers have also said they plan to appeal the verdict, but there has also been speculation that Depp’s lawyers will waive his court-awarded damages if Heard’s team drops the appeal.