Juror speaks out on Amber Heard and Johnny Depp trial

Source: Bang Showbiz

Amber Heard left the jury in her and Johnny Depp's defamation trial feeling "uncomfortable" and thinking she was crying "crocodile tears".

Amber Heard testifies on the stand in the actress and Johnny Depp's defamation trial.

Earlier this month, the 36-year-old star was found by a jury in Fairfax, Virginia, to have defamed her ex-husband in an article in which she claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse and her ex-husband was awarded $15 million in compensatory and punitive damages, and one of the men on the seven-person jury has now spoken out about his six weeks on the panel.

The man, who has remained anonymous, told ABC News: "A majority of the jury felt she was more the aggressor... A lot of Amber's story didn't add up.

"The crying, the facial expressions 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.'"

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When it came to Depp's time on the stand, the juror said he had a much more "stable" emotional state.

He added: "A lot of the jury felt what he was saying at the end of the day was more believable. He seemed a little more real in terms of how he was responding to questions."

But the juror doesn't feel Depp was completely innocent.

He said: "Ultimately what I think is truthful, was 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."

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As for the pair's respective legal teams, he thought the Aquaman actress' side had "sharp elbows" because they were "abrupt and frequently interrupted", but he "thought Depp's team was sharp".

Following the trial, Heard said she felt social media hadn't offered a "fair" representation of her during the course of the trial, but the juror insisted it didn't weigh on their decision making.

He said: "Myself and at least two other jurors don't use Twitter or Facebook. Others who had it made a point not to talk about it."

After returning their verdicts, the Black Mass actor was awarded US$10 million (NZ$15.8 million) in compensatory damages and US$5 million (NZ$7.9 million) in punitive damages, which the judge lowered to US$350,000 (NZ$550,000) because of a cap in the state of Virginia, while Amber was awarded US$2 million (NZ$3.15 million) compensatory damages for her counter suit.

The juror said they were given "no guidance on the amount of money both stars were awarded" so "each juror threw out a number they thought was fair."