- A jury in the defamation of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard spoke Thursday at “GMA” about the verdict.
- The unnamed juror said Heard’s testimony did not seem “credible” to him and his fellow jurors.
- “She was crying and two seconds later she was freezing cold. It didn’t feel natural,” he added.
One of the jurors in the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp libel trial is now speaking out about the verdict, which held both parties liable for libel, saying Heard just didn’t seem “believable”.
In an interview Thursday with “Good Morning America,” a male juror, whose identity was withheld, revealed that the seven-person jury was not led by Heard’s testimony.
“The crying, the facial expressions she had, the look at the jury – we were all very uncomfortable,” the juror said. “She would answer a question and cry, and two seconds later she would freeze. It didn’t feel natural.”
“Some of us used the expression ‘crocodile tears,'” added the juror.
Depp has filed a defamation suit against Heard in response to an editorial she wrote for The Washington Post that detailed her experience with domestic violence. Depp’s name was not mentioned, but the article was widely interpreted to be about him. According to Depp’s $50 million lawsuit, Heard fabricated an incident where she accused Depp of beating her up and, in fact, verbally and physically assaulted him on multiple occasions.
Heard denied the allegations and sued for $100 million, alleging that Depp physically beat her several times in their relationship, often intoxicated with drugs and alcohol.
The jury’s decision, after less than three days of deliberations, resulted in both liability, with Depp receiving more than $10 million in damages and Heard $2 million.
When it came to Depp’s performance on the bench, the judge said the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor looked more genuine.
“A lot of the jury felt that what he was saying, in the end, was more believable,” the juror said. “He seemed a little more real in terms of how he was answering questions. His emotional state was very stable all the time.”
The jury believed that Heard was the aggressive person in the relationship, the male juror said.
The juror also revealed that many of the deliberators believed that Heard was the aggressor in the relationship.
“If you have a battered wife or spouse situation, why would you buy a knife for the other person, the ‘bully’? If you really wanted to help Johnny Depp get off drugs, why are you doing drugs around him? ” he asked.
The unnamed juror also said that Heard’s team was unable to prove that he had actually been physically abusive, adding, “They were both abusive to each other.”
“They had their husband and wife arguments. They were both yelling at each other. I don’t think that makes either of them right or wrong,” the juror said. “But to get to the level of what she was claiming, there wasn’t enough evidence or none to really support what she was saying.”
Despite Heard’s lawyer saying the social media attack that followed during the six-week trial played a role in the case’s decision, the juror told GMA that was not the case.
“We followed the evidence,” he said. “I and other jurors don’t use Twitter or Facebook. Others who did, made a point of not talking about it.”
Heard that not giving up your divorce settlement didn’t please the jury, a male juror said
The juror also said that Heard not giving away her $7 million divorce settlement was a “fiasco.”
“She goes to a talk show in the UK and the video shows her sitting there, telling the presenter that she gave all that money,” the juror said. “The terms she used in that music video were, ‘I gave, I gave, it’s over.’ But the fact is, she didn’t give much of it.”
Although Heard previously said that she was going to donate the $7 million to the American Civil Liberties Union and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, she testified on the bench during the trial that she did not complete her donations.
During the trial, an ACLU executive testified that the organization never received the promised $3.5 million and that about half of the donations received in Heard’s name came from Elon Musk, the billionaire Tesla CEO who dated Heard after their breakup. with Depp.
In the deposition, Heard said he still plans to donate all the money he promised, but that Depp’s lawsuit — which demands up to $50 million in damages — got in the way.
“I made a promise and that promise is made over time by its nature”, Heard told Savannah Guthrie on the “Today” show on Wednesday after being asked if she thinks not donating the money hurt her credibility.