Amber Heard Suggests Jury Influenced by Pro-Johnny Depp Social Media

  • Amber Heard suggested the pro-Johnny Depp social-media posts influenced the jury during their trial.
  • She said the content was everywhere and that “it would have been impossible to avoid” for the jury.
  • Depp fans dominated most of the online attention the trial received. Jurors ultimately awarded Depp more in damages.

Amber Heard suggested that the jury in her high-profile defamation trial against her ex, Johnny Depp, were influenced by the large amount of social-media posts in support of Depp.

NBC’s “Today” show aired a portion of Heard’s interview with Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday. More of it is airing on Wednesday, and in an hour-long special on Friday.

In it, Heard said jurors would not have been able to avoid the pro-Depp content during the trial, saying that “the vast majority of this trial was played out on social media.”

“The jury is not immune to that,” she said.

Guthrie then asked Heard if she thought the jury saw that content on social media.

Heard responded: “How could they not?” 

“I think even the most well-intentioned juror — it would have been impossible to avoid this.”

Depp sued Heard for defamation over a Washington Post op-ed that claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse. The article had not named Depp. Heard then counter-sued Depp, also accusing him and his legal team of defamation.

The defamation trial lasted for six weeks, with the jury finding on June 1 both Depp and Heard liable for defamation but awarding Depp more in damages. Jurors sided with Depp on all three of his defamation complaints, awarded Heard one of her three counterclaims.

Heard’s attorney, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, previously told “Today” that she thought social media had “absolutely” influenced the jury.

“There’s no way they couldn’t have been influenced by it,” she said. “And it was horrible. It was really, really lopsided.”  

Heard also said the way she was treated on social media was not “fair.”

“Even somebody who is sure I’m deserving of all this hate and vitriol, even if you think that I’m lying, you still couldn’t tell me — look me in the eye and tell me — that you think on social media there’s been a fair representation,” she told “Today.”

Heard and Depp’s trial, all of which was livestreamed, attracted huge amounts of online attention.

As Insider’s Lindsay Dodgson and Charissa Cheong previously reported, Depp fans made up a majority of those posting online, flooding platforms with content that backed Depp and branded Heard as a liar.

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