The verdict of the river trial for defamation of the former Depp-Heard spouses may surprise.
The two former spouses were found guilty of defamation and convicted, but in very different proportions.
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Amber Heard will have to pay $ 10.35 million in compensatory and punitive damages to Johnny Depp, who will have to pay $ 2 million in compensatory damages to his accuser.
The huge difference in sentences may seem incomprehensible, starting with Amber Heard who did not hesitate to declare, on NBC News, that the trial was influenced by social networks.
One of the seven members of the jury agreed to speak, on condition of anonymity, but is known to be a man, with an ABC reporter.
And the reason has nothing to do with Twitter or TikTok: Amber Heard simply did not convince them and her statements seemed to her to highlight contradictions between her actions and the facts cited.
“They had a couple of discussions. They were yelling at each other. I don’t think that makes either of them right. This is what happens when we fight. But to get to the level of what she was saying, there was not enough evidence or no evidence to support what she was saying. If you are a battered woman, why buy the other, “the aggressor”, a knife? If you really want Johnny Depp to take drugs, why do you take them in his presence? he wonders.
The material “evidence” presented by the actress also underscores the fragility of the testimony.
Therefore, Amber Heard describes Johnny Depp as a heavy drug and alcohol user and uses a photo of the collapsed actor as evidence.
“But, the juror said, if you mix alcohol with marijuana, that’s how you’ll end up: you pass out. We have discussed at length all the drugs she claimed she was taking, and most of them are drugs that shut you down. Don’t get violent with these drugs. You become a zombie, as seen in the pictures. “
The photos of Amber Heard covered in bruises are no longer convincing.
“She never goes out without makeup, but to file a restraining order in court, she doesn’t wear makeup and her press officer is with her. These things add up and start to get hard to believe,” said the jury member, who he no longer appreciated Amber Heard’s attitude in court and questioned her sincerity.
“It was as if he could switch from one emotion to another with a snap of his fingers. She answered a question, started to cry and two seconds later she was freezing. It didn’t seem natural, “she said, explaining that jurors had dubbed it” crocodile tears. “
The seven jurors (five men and two women) also disliked the fact that Amber Heard kept the divorce money when she announced she had donated this $ 7 million to charity.
Not only did he lie – since he claimed in an interview that he paid the entire sum when he paid only a small part – but he also argued the excuse he brought to court (having to withhold the money to defend a suit filed by Johnny Depp) did not match the chronology of the facts.
“The fact that he didn’t give much was hypocritical,” commented the juror.
She also spoke of Amber Heard’s comments after the trial, which accused the jury of being manipulated and influenced by social networks, mostly in favor of Johnny Depp.
“That’s not true. Social media had no impact on us. We focused on the evidence. We didn’t take into account what happened outside the court. (…) There were serious charges and a lot of money at stake, we didn’t take it lightly, ”he insisted, stating that neither he nor at least three other members of the jury didn’t have a Twitter account.
This bad impression and the weakness of his argument and the evidence he put forward have therefore earned Amber Heard the right to heavy punitive damages, from which Johnny Depp is exonerated.
The actress, who says she wants “people to see me as a human being” in the filmed interview she gave to NBC News, may have the opportunity to be more convincing with a new jury, since her attorney announced that he intended to appeal against the judgment.
The call has yet to be accepted. Johnny Depp, who had lost his libel case against the Sun in the UK and in which Amber Heard had testified, had been denied his appeal.