Jurors from the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial have broken their silence to explain their verdict in favour of Depp.
Three jurors who cannot be named (main picture) spoke to reporters outside the Virginia court house where the Depp defamation suit and a Heard counter-suit were considered during a six-week trial.
They revealed deep splits among the seven members of the jury.
“We spent around a total of 12 hours all up considering our verdict,” one of the jurors said.
“Admittedly most of that was spent watching DVDs of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. We really only started to firm up our verdicts once the popcorn ran out and the judge refused our request for new supplies.
“There was very strong arguments among jurors in the time we were sequestered. Some felt the original Pirates movie was the best, but others favoured the second or third instalments in the franchise.”
Despite that disagreement, a second juror said there was broad agreement on other key elements.
“Luckily we could all agree on Johnny’s earlier, more arty films such as Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood.
“We were unanimous that they were among the greatest films ever made,” he said.
A third juror said his fellow members tried hard to give Amber Heard a favourable review, but that task was “very difficult”.
“For a start none of us could actually name a single movie starring – if that’s the right word, which it really isn’t – Amber Heard,” he said.
“One of the other jurors made a joke as soon as the door closed behind us when we retired that they had ‘never heard of Heard’. Gee, we all laughed at that.
“Still, we did think she put on a good show during the trial. Not as good as the type of brooding sensitivity Johnny has made his trademark, but not bad all things considered.
“So we decided to sling her a couple of million too,” the juror said.
The jurors said they were disappointed that the trial judge had refused their request to deliver their verdict via the Tik Tok app, but accepted the ruling.