A day after the final verdict in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard was finally announced, talk continues about how the jury came to the conclusion that it favored the Pirates of the Caribbean star over his ex-wife.
Several legal experts have opined on the arguments that gave Depp the victory in the trial, pointing to Heard’s lack of credibility as one of the key elements that favored the work of the actor’s legal team.
It has even been pointed out that Heard came out of the cross-examination defeated and without any remaining credibility, in addition to having made several mistakes throughout the trial.
Why did Depp win the defamation trial against Heard?
Apparently, the jurors probably thought Heard was lying about the abuse she claimed to have suffered at the hands of the 58-year-old star.
“The case was going to rise and fall on her credibility more than any nuanced legal question. And she just did not make it through the trial with her credibility intact,” former California judge Halim Dhanidina told the New York Post.
“She (Amber) was lying about (Johnny) on purpose because she had a bone to pick with him. And that, to me, is the takeaway on this trial,” he added.
The lack of sincerity on Heard’s part before the jurors, especially at times when her reactions would have seemed overacted, exaggerated or that she didn’t deserve empathy, were also negative elements for the actress, not to mention the great work of Depp’s legal team and the moment when Amber mentioned Kate Moss, Johnny’s ex-girlfriend.
“A lot of Heard’s emotional cues on the witness stand didn’t line up with her testimony. She would get very impassioned at weird times or make awkward attempts to connect with the jury by speaking to them directly,” Beverly Hills entertainment attorney Mitra Ahouraian told the New York Post.
“She also was caught in far too many inconsistencies, making it hard to know which parts to believe and which parts to disbelieve. Even if there was some truth to her statements, her own testimony, and her own words documented in audio recordings, hurt her more than anything in this trial,” Ahouraian added.