First-time juror in Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial reveals verdict.
Off-camera, a male jury member told GMA that Heard wasn't believable. The seven jurors who reached the verdict thought the Aquaman actress's testimony "didn't stack up" and she sobbed "crocodile tears" on the stand, he claimed.
They thought Heard and Depp were both abusive, but Depp wasn't physically aggressive.
The juror believed Amber's story was inconsistent. "The jurors viewed her as the aggressor."
Heard said Depp tortured her physically and sexually throughout their 4-year relationship. Depp refuted the claims.
His defamation complaint resulted from Heard's 2018 Washington Post op-ed. She countersued Depp for $100 million.
The juror indicated they didn't believe Heard's testimony. Her tears, facial gestures, and stare "uncomfortable" the jury.
"She'd answer a question sobbing, then turn icy cold two seconds later," a juror stated. "We utilised 'crocodile tears'"
Depp was "more believable," he remarked. "His responses appeared more genuine. His mood remained steady."
The juror called Heard's assertion that she donated her $7 million divorce settlement to charity a "fiasco"
He said, "She's on a British chat programme." "The footage shows her informing the host she handed away all the money.
he didn't reveal much." (Heard donated $350,000 and paid $350,000 herself.)
The juror denied Heard's attorney's claims that social media affected their judgement. TikTok favoured Depp.
"We followed the evidence," he added, noting he and two others don't have Facebook or Twitter.
The pair, whose divorce was finalised in 2016, "were both abusive to one other," he said, but Depp wasn't physically aggressive to Heard.
"Neither is right or bad," he remarked. There wasn't enough proof to substantiate her claims.
He said the jury wasn't told how much to award. Each juror suggested a fair number.
Depp was granted $10 million in compensation damages and $5 million in punitive damages (reduced to $350,000 under state rules).
Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages after her counsel called her assault allegations a fraud.
Depp's staff, including Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez, was "sharp," while Heard's was "sharp elbows," or abrupt and constantly interrupted.
Before June 1's verdict, the court agreed to Heard's plea to seal the jurors' names for a year. The awarding paperwork didn't explain why.
Heard expects to appeal this summer. She felt social media, Depp's star power, and his legal team vilifying her impacted jurors.
Gregg "Rocky" Brooks filed a personal injury case against Depp; Vasquez will defend him next month.
Brooks, the City of Lies site manager, said Depp punched him twice in the ribs and offered him $100,000 to strike him again in 2017.
Depp's lawyers argued Brooks "provoked" him and he acted in self-defense.