Amber Heard was ‘frosty’ and not credible in defamation trial, juror says | American News

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Amber Heard was “frosty” and “didn’t seem natural” in court, a juror has said in the multimillion-dollar libel case brought by her ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Speaking anonymously to Good Morning America, he revealed that one of the reasons the jury ruled against the actress was that her testimony “didn’t appear credible”.

“It seemed like she was able to activate her emotions,” the juror said.

“She was answering a question and she was crying and two seconds later she was going freezing. It just didn’t feel natural.”

In contrast, Depp “just seemed a bit more real in terms of answering questions.”

In her first interview Since the June 1 verdict, Heard has said she and Depp were “awful to each other” during their “toxic” relationship and admitted she made “a lot of mistakes – but that she always told the truth.”

Heard, 36, told NBC News that she still has love for her ex-husband and has “no ill feelings or ill will towards him”.

When asked if Depp’s claim that he never hit her was a lie, Heard told reporter Savannah Guthrie, “Yes, it is.”

Depp denied abusing Heard.

The actor, 59, was awarded $10.35m (£8.2m) in damages.

At the end of the six-week trial, Judge Penney Azcarate ruled that the identities of the seven jurors would remain secret for at least a year.

The juror criticized Heard’s legal team for “cutting off” witnesses and said they gave him bad advice, such as looking directly at the jury when they answered questions.

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“We were awful to each other”

“We were all very uncomfortable” at that, he said.

He also said the arguments over his charitable donations were “a fiasco”.

During the trial, Heard was asked why she had yet to donate her $7m (£5.7m) divorce settlement to charities as promised.

The juror also said there were inconsistencies in Heard’s testimony regarding her use of makeup.

Heard’s team let her down by telling the jury that she “never goes out without makeup,” he said.

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“Still, she’s going to file the restraining order without makeup. And her publicist just happens to be with her. These things add up and start to get hard to believe,” he said.

The juror denied that the jury was influenced by outside forces. He and “at least” three others did not have a Twitter account.

Actor Johnny Depp reacts as he leaves for a break during the Depp vs Heard libel trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., May 26, 2022. Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS

“Some people said we were bribed. That’s not true,” he said.

“Social media hasn’t impacted us. We’ve followed the evidence. We haven’t considered anything outside [the courtroom]. We only looked at the evidence.

“These were very serious charges and a lot of money at stake, so we weren’t taking it lightly.”

He also denied that the jury was stunned.

“None of us were really fans of any of them,” he said.

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