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A juror in the Johnny Depp, Amber Heard trial has broken their silence and did not have kind things to say about Heard.
The anonymous juror said to ABC News that Depp “just seemed a little more real in terms of how he responded to questions,” Yahoo News reported.
“It didn’t come across as believable,” he said of Heard’s testimony. “It seemed like she was able to flip the switch on her emotions. She would answer one question and she would be crying and two seconds later she would turn ice cold. It didn’t seem natural.”
The juror said that Heard’s “crying” and “facial expressions,” and the way she would stare at the jury was “very uncomfortable.”
“Some of us used the expression ‘crocodile tears,’” he said.
He said that he thinks both Heard and Depp were “abusive to each other,” but that Heard did not have the evidence to prove her claims.
“I don’t think that makes either of them right or wrong,” he 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.”
He said the jury was also furious that she did not donate the $7 million she received in her divorce settlement that she said she did.
“She goes on a talk show in the U.K. The video shows her sitting there telling the host that she gave all that money away, and 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,” he said.
In the end, when all of the awards were read, Heard owed Depp $8.35 million and her attorney said that she cannot pay it, The Daily Mail reported.
Her attorney, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, said that she believes her client has “excellent grounds” for an appeal and they plan to do so when she spoke on the “Today” show on Thursday.
When she was asked if her client could pay the damages awarded to Depp she responded, “No, absolutely not.”
“It’s a horrible message. It’s a setback, a significant setback because that’s exactly what it means,” the attorney said of the verdict.
“Unless you pull out your phone and you video your spouse or your significant other beating you, effectively, you won’t be believed,” she said.
She said that she believed the jurors were swayed by what the perception of her client was on social media, even after the judge instructed them not to read anything about the case not in court.
“There’s no way they couldn’t have been influenced. It was horrible. It was really, really lop-sided,” she said. “It’s like the Roman coliseum, how they viewed this whole case.”
“’We had an enormous amount of evidence suppressed in this case that was in the UK case,” she said in reference to a case Depp had against The Sun in which he was defeated. “In the UK case when it came in, Amber won, Mr. Depp lost.”
“A number of things were allowed in this court that should not have been allowed and it caused the jury to be confused,’ she said.
“One of the first things she said is, I am so sorry to all those women out there. This is a setback. For all women in and outside the courtroom. And she feels — she feels the burden of that,” the attorney said.
Heard said the same when she issued a press release after the verdict.
“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It´s a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously,” she said.