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Trial juror says Amber Heard’s testimony was ‘not credible’

Trial juror says Amber Heard's testimony was 'not credible'

A juror in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation case says one of the reasons the actress was ruled was because her testimony was “not credible”.

Arriving on the American news show Good Morning America (GMA), the unnamed jury member stated that the Aquaman star had been given bad advice by his legal team.

Two weeks ago, a jury in Fairfax County, Virginia, found a 2018 article that Heard wrote for the Washington Post about her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse to be abusive.

In her first television interview to NBC Today, which aired in two parts Tuesday and Wednesday, she said she did not blame the jury for viewing her and her former partner as “Hollywood brats”, but insisted that That he “has no bad feelings or ill will”” toward Depp.

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The juror, who remained anonymous, said the Aquaman star had been given bad advice by her legal team (Evelyn Hawkstein/ Associated Press)

The actor consistently denied the “outrageous, bizarre” claims of abuse during his own testimony and said he had “reluctantly spoken out for what he had been carrying on his back for six years”.

The 59-year-old was awarded US$10.35 million (£8.2 million) in damages.

After the trial, Judge Penny Azkart ruled that the identities of the seven jurors would remain secret for at least a year.

Speaking about Heard’s testimony, the jury told GMA: “It seemed like she was able to flip the switch on her emotions.

“She would answer a question and she would cry and two seconds later she would turn icy.

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“It didn’t feel natural.”

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Juries show more sympathy for Depp than Heard (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

In contrast, Depp said, “he just seemed a little more genuine in terms of how he answered the questions”.

The juror also said that there were inconsistencies with Heard’s testimony about her use of makeup, and that the arguments over her charitable donation were “a nuisance” to the actress.

In a six-week trial, Heard challenged why he had not yet donated his $7 million (£5.7 million) divorce settlement to charity, as promised.

The juror said that Heard’s legal team had “sharp elbows versus being quick”.

“They would cut people in the cross (test) because they wanted a specific answer without context,” he said.

“They were forcing people to answer a very narrow question … which was obvious.

“He needs better advice.”

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