Amber Heard’s lawyer suggests a Virginia jury didn’t consider her shopper’s abuse claims due to social media.
Elaine Bredehoft spoke to NBC Today on Thursday morning to slam the result of Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit in opposition to Heard. The jury dominated Wednesday that Heard defamed Depp on three claims and that Depp defamed Heard on simply certainly one of her counterclaims, leading to a significant authorized victory for the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.
Bredehoft stated the non-sequestered jury couldn’t have escaped the bombardment of Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok posts slamming her shopper. Asked if she thought social media had an impression on the case, Bredehoft replied “absolutely.”
“How can you not [see it]?” Bredehoft requested. “[The jury] went home every night. They have families. The families are on social media. We had a 10-day break in the middle because of the judicial conference. There’s no way they couldn’t have been influenced by it. And it was horrible. It was lopsided. It’s like the Roman Colosseum.”
Surveys of social media discovered that the #JusticeForJohnny marketing campaign was much more pervasive than posts supporting Heard (to get a way of the disparity, Depp’s post-trial message to followers on Instagram has been preferred by 17 million, whereas Heard’s message has been preferred by about 300,000). Many of the viral memes and posts have been significantly merciless, similar to mocking Heard’s obvious crying on the witness stand.
Bredehoft added that the six-week trial had grown to be a “zoo.”
“I was against cameras in the courtroom, and I went on record with that and argued against it because of the sensitive nature of this,” she stated. “But it made it a zoo.”
Bredehoft recommended one other issue was not being allowed to current sure proof. She stated Heard’s medical information wasn’t allowed within the trial, one thing she referred to as “very significant” as a result of they confirmed Heard reporting abuse to her therapist since 2012.
The lawyer additional famous Heard plans to enchantment the decision, which requires the actress to pay Depp $10 million — a determine Bredehoft stated her shopper “absolutely” couldn’t afford.
“Johnny Depp brought a suit in the U.K. for the same case and the burden of proof was easier for him there,” she stated. “The court found there — and we weren’t allowed to tell the jury this — but the court found that Mr. Depp had committed at least 12 acts of domestic violence, including sexual violence, against Amber. So what did Depp’s team learn from this? Demonize Amber and suppress the evidence. We had an enormous amount of evidence that was suppressed in this case that was in the U.K. case. In the U.K. case, when it came in, Amber won. Mr. Depp lost.”
According to experts interviewed by The Washington Post, Depp was misplaced within the U.Okay. but gained within the U.S. as a result of the U.Okay. the case had a decision to make the choice as an alternative of a jury. “We find that [Depp’s legal team’s strategy of denying, attacking, and reversing victim and offender] works very well with juries but rarely works with judges, who are trained to look at the evidence,” stated Mark Stephens, a world media lawyer. “Essentially what you have got is a jury believing evidence that a British judge did not accept.”
Heard beforehand stated in an announcement that the decision was a disappointment “beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.”
Depp issued an announcement saying: “The jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.”