Juror reveals that Amber Heard lost trial against Johnny Depp because her story 'didn't add up'
The juror, who was kept anonymous, maintained that Depp’s responses were “more believable”, leading the jury to rule in his favour.
Amber Heard lost her trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp because her testimony was not realistic, according to one of the jurors in the case.
One of the five men in the seven-member jury spoke on Good Morning America (GMA) in an interview that ran on Thursday (Jun 16), with his identity kept under wraps as the trial judge had ruled that the jurors' names be sealed for at least a year.
Said the juror: “A lot of Heard’s story didn’t add up... the majority of the jury felt she was more the aggressor.”
He also said that her testimony was emotional and unrealistic: “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'.”
About Depp’s testimony, the juror shared: “A lot of the jury felt that what he 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.”
The juror added that Heard not having donated her US$7 million (S$9.7 million) settlement from the former couple’s divorce in 2016 was a “fiasco” that worked against her, despite claiming that she did on a British talk show.
He told GMA: “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.”
Countering Heard’s lawyers’ claims that social media discourse swayed the jury against her, he said: “We followed the evidence… I and other jurors don’t use Twitter or Facebook. Others who had it, made a point not to talk about it.”
“What I think is true is that they were both abusive to each other. I don’t think that makes either of them right or wrong.
“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.”
On Jun 1, after a six-week trial that drew high volumes of attention, the court in Virginia ordered Heard, 36, to pay Depp, 59, US$10.35 million in compensatory and punitive damages. Heard was awarded US$2 million in compensatory damages.