While the masses were thrilled when Johnny Depp and Amber Heard streamed it live, those in the courtroom struggled to stay awake.
Judy Bellinger, the court reporter for the Depp v. Heard, made explosive revelations about the contentious six-week marathon in the courtroom.
“There were a few jurors who were dozing,” Bellinger told the Law & Crime Network on Monday, admitting “it was difficult” to sit through the many hours of testimony.
Bellinger also observed that sleeping jurors were in both the front and back rows, and they especially struggled during video depositions.
“There were a lot of video depositions, and they were just sitting there – and all of a sudden I saw their heads falling,” she added, detailing the hours of pre-recorded segments that have increased in-person testimony already. long on the bearer.
The stenographer also noted that the more observant juror was an alternate who was not even involved in the final verdict.
“Unfortunately, the only substitute that was there – she was probably the one who listened the most,” Bellinger said. “I watched her facial expressions. She was very deep into every word that was said. I thought she would have made a grand swear, and she couldn’t see it all the way. She was very careful. »
The Post has reached out to representatives for Depp and Heard for comment.
Meanwhile, Bellinger’s presence in court also sparked a bizarre viral conspiracy theory that she was ‘hired’ and ‘partying’ with Depp, which was previously debunked by Emmy-nominated Law & Crime correspondent Angenette Levy.
The Depp v. Heard ended last week and the seven-person jury, made up of five men and two women, mostly sided with Depp, 58, in their verdict. They awarded him more than $10 million in damages, finding that Heard, 36, defamed him in his 2018 Washington Post op-ed on domestic violence. Heard was awarded $2 million in her countersuit, and she plans to appeal the verdict.
Depp, who was not there in person to hear the verdict read aloud, said in a statement, “The jury gave my life back to me.”
Heard said the verdict “set the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke out and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated.”