A juror in the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial revealed that he and other panelists did not find the actress’ testimony credible — and some dismissed her emotional outburst on the stand as “crocodile tears.”
Good Morning America reported Thursday that the jury, one of five male panelists on a seven-person jury, said Heard’s story “did not add up”.
“Crying, her facial expressions, the jury staring at us. We were all very uncomfortable,” the juror, who spoke anonymously, told the outlet.
“She’d answer a question and she’d cry, and two seconds later she’d be icy. Some of us used the expression ‘crocodile tears’.”
The juror said that Depp, on the other hand, remained calm during his after-hours testimony, which gave credence to his claims.
“A lot of the jury felt that what he was saying was, at the end of the day, more believable… He seemed a little more genuine in terms of answering the questions. His emotional state was pretty stable the whole time, The panelist recalled.
“Most of the jury felt she was more aggressive.”
The juror said a pivotal moment in the trial came when Depp’s attorney revealed that Heard had not donated his $7 million divorce settlement, despite publicly claiming that the cash would be donated to charity.
“She goes to a talk show in the UK. In the video she is sitting there telling the host that she gave all the money. And the words she used in that video clip were ‘I gave it,'” I donated it,’ ‘It’s gone.’ But the fact is, he didn’t give it up at all,” Jur said, calling the revelation a “failure” for Hurd.
During trial, Hurd defended the comments, saying that he had “pledged the entirety” of the agreement and used the words “pledge” and “charity” as “synonyms of each other”.
The panelists also denied claims by Heard’s lawyers that the case was driven by social media and that jurors were attracted by Depp’s fame. He said that after all, both were wrong.
“We followed the evidence.. I and at least two other jury members do not use Twitter or Facebook. The people who had it made a point of not talking about it,” he claimed.
“Which I think is true…were they both disrespectful to each other…I don’t think that makes either of them right or wrong.. but for what she was claiming To reach that level, there was not enough or any evidence to actually support his point of view.”
After 13 hours of deliberation, the jury ruled unanimously that Heard in his 2018 Washington Post op-ed defamed 59-year-old Depp, who described himself as a victim of domestic violence.
Panelists also found Depp guilty of defamation and awarded them millions in damages.