The verdict of the trial-river for defamation of the ex-spouses of Depp-Heard could surprise.
The two ex-spouses were found guilty of defamation and sentenced, but in very different proportions.
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Amber Heard will be required to pay $10.35 million in compensatory and punitive damages to Johnny Depp, who will be required to pay $2 million in compensatory damages to his accuser.
The vast difference in sentences may seem incomprehensible, starting with Amber Heard who did not hesitate to declare, on NBC News, that the trial had been influenced by social networks.
One of the seven jurors has agreed to speak, on condition of anonymity, but is known to be a man, a journalist from ABC.
And the reason has nothing to do with Twitter or TikTok: Amber Heard simply did not convince them and her statements seemed to highlight contradictions between her actions and the facts mentioned.
“They had arguments as a couple. They were yelling at each other. I don’t think that makes either of them right. That’s what happens when we argue. But to get to the level of what she was claiming, there was insufficient or no evidence to back up what she was saying. If you are a battered woman, why do you buy the other, “aggressor”, a knife? If you really want Johnny Depp to get drugs, why do you take them in his presence? he asks himself.
The material “evidence” presented by the actress also underlines the fragility of the testimony.
Thus, Amber Heard describes Johnny Depp as a heavy drug and alcohol user and uses a photo of the collapsed actor as evidence.
“But, the jury said, if you mix alcohol with marijuana, this is how you will end up: you will pass out. We discussed at length all the drugs she claimed he was taking, and most of them are drugs that turn you off. You don’t get violent with these drugs. You become a zombie, as seen in the images. »
No more convincing are the photos of Amber Heard covered in bruises.
“She never goes out without makeup, but to file a restraining order in court, she doesn’t wear makeup and her publicist is with her. These things add up and start to be hard to believe, ”said the juror, who did not appreciate Amber Heard’s attitude in court anymore and questioned her sincerity.
“It was like I could go from one emotion to another with a snap of my fingers. She would answer a question, she would start crying and two seconds later she was frozen. She didn’t look natural,” she said, explaining that jurors called it “crocodile tears.”
The seven members of the jury (five men, two women) also did not appreciate that Amber Heard kept the divorce money when she had announced that she had donated this $7 million to charity.
Not only did she lie – since she had stated in an interview that she had given the entire sum when she had only paid a tiny part – but also the excuse she presented in court (having to keep the money to defend herself against a lawsuit filed by Johnny Depp) did not fit the chronology of events.
“The fact that she didn’t give much was hypocritical,” the jury commented.
He also spoke about the comments of Amber Heard after the trial, who accused the jury of being manipulated and influenced by social networks, mostly favorable to Johnny Depp.
“This is not true. Social networks have not had any impact on us. We focus on the evidence. We do not take into account what happened off the pitch. (…) There were serious charges and a lot of money at stake, we did not take it lightly”, he insisted and specified that neither he nor at least three other members of the jury did not have a Twitter account.
This bad impression and the weakness of her argument and the evidence she presented earned Amber Heard the right to heavy punitive damages, from which Johnny Depp is exempt.
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 a chance to be more convincing with a new jury, as her attorney announced she intended to to appeal the judgment.
The call still has 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 had his appeal request denied.
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