- A juror in Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation spoke Thursday on “GMA” about the verdict.
- The unnamed male juror said that Heard’s testimony didn’t seem “believable” to him and his fellow jurors.
- “She would be crying and two seconds later she would turn ice cold. It didn’t seem natural,” he added.
One of the jurors in Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s defamation trial is now speaking out about the verdict, which found both parties liable for defamation, saying that Heard just didn’t seem “believable.”
In a Thursday interview with “Good Morning America,” a male juror, whose identity was kept anonymous, revealed that the seven-person jury was not taken by Heard’s testimony.
“The crying, the facial expressions that she had, the staring at the jury — all of us were very uncomfortable,” the juror said. “She would answer one question and she would be crying, and two seconds later she would turn ice cold. It didn’t seem natural.”
“Some of us used the phrase ‘crocodile tears,'” the juror added.
Depp filed a defamation suit against Heard in response to an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post that detailed her experience with domestic violence. Depp’s name wasn’t mentioned, but the article was widely interpreted as being about him. According to Depp’s $50 million lawsuit, Heard fabricated an incident where she accused Depp of beating her and had, in fact, verbally and physically assaulted him on numerous occasions.
Heard denied the claims and countersued for $100 million, alleging Depp physically beat her numerous times in their relationship, often while intoxicated on drugs and alcohol.
The jury’s ruling, after less than three days of deliberations, resulted in both being liable with Depp being awarded more than $10 million in damages and Heard $2 million.
When it came to Depp’s performance on the stand, the juror said the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor seemed more genuine.
“A lot of the jury felt what he was saying, at the end of the day, was more believable,” the juror said. “He just seemed a little more real in terms of how he was responding to questions. His emotional state was very stable throughout.”
The jury believed Heard was the aggressive person in the relationship, the male juror said
The juror also revealed that many of those deliberating believed that Heard was the aggressor in the relationship.
“If you have a battered wife or spouse situation, why would you buy the other person, the ‘aggressor,’ a knife? If you really wanted to help Johnny Depp get off drugs, why are you taking drugs around him?” he asked.
The unnamed juror also said that Heard’s team failed to prove that he had actually been physically abusive, adding: “They were both abusive to each other.”
“They had their husband-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 rise to the level of what she was claiming, there wasn’t enough or any evidence that really supported what she was saying.”
Despite Heard’s attorney saying that the social media onslaught that ensued during the six-week trial played a factor in the ruling of the case, the juror told “GMA” that wasn’t the case.
“We followed the evidence,” he said. “Myself and other jurors don’t use Twitter or Facebook. Others who had it, made a point not to talk about it.”
Heard not donating her divorce settlement didn’t sit well with the jury, a male juror said
The juror also said Heard not donating her $7 million divorce settlement was a “fiasco.”
“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 juror said. “The terms she used in that video clip were, ‘I gave it away, I donated it, it’s gone.’ But the fact is, she didn’t give much of it away at all.”
Despite Heard saying previously that she was going to donate the $7 million to the American Civil Liberties Union and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, she tested on the stand during the trial that she didn’t complete her donations.
During the trial, an ACLU executive tested that the organization never received the full $3.5 million it was promised and that about half the donations it received in Heard’s name came from Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla who dated Heard after his breakup with Depp.
On the stand, Heard said that she still planned to donate all of the money she promised but that Depp’s lawsuit — which demands up to $50 million in damages — got in the way.
“I made a pledge and that pledge is made over time by its nature,” Heard told Savannah Guthrie on the “Today” show Wednesday after being asked if she thinks having not donated the money hurt her credibility.