A court clerk from the libel trial involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard claimed the jury fell asleep throughout the six-week trial.
The jury, composed of five men and two women, reached a verdict in Mr Depp’s multi-million dollar lawsuit on Wednesday (June 1) after just 13 hours of deliberation.
They were mostly on the side of Pirates of the Caribbean Stern in the verdict, delivered at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.
In a new interview with the Law and Crime Network On Monday (June 6), stenographer Judy Bellinger claimed some jurors fell asleep at multiple points during the trial.
“There were a few jurors who nodded off,” she said. “And it was tough. There was a lot of video testimony and they were just sitting there and all of a sudden I saw them hanging their heads.”
Ms Bellinger also claimed that the juror who paid the most attention in the end “sadly” was not involved in the final verdict.
“Unfortunately, the one alternative that was there was probably the one that listened the most. I watched her facial expressions, she was deeply absorbed in every word that was said. I thought she would be a great judge and she didn’t see it to the end,” said Ms. Bellinger.
“She was paying close attention.”
In the same interview, Ms Bellinger also dismissed allegations of bias after she was seen hugging Mr Depp on the final day of the proceedings.
“Johnny was in there, so I had to go in and get my gear, and I saw him, and they were like, ‘He really wants to meet you,'” Ms. Bellinger said.
“I was in there for probably less than 10 minutes and he just gave me a hug and thanked me again. And I hugged some other people there, and I got my gear and I came out and I went and I went home.”
Mr. Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, while Ms. Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.
Judge Penney Azcarate later reduced the punitive damages to $350,000, the maximum allowable in the state of Virginia, where the trial took place.
Since the ruling, Mr Depp has been spotted traveling and touring around the UK with Jeff Beck.
On Monday (June 6), the pair, along with 20 other people, racked up a huge bill at an Indian restaurant in Birmingham.
Corresponding TMZThe venue’s operations director, Mohammed Hussain, said Depp’s final bill totaled around £50,000 ($60,000).
Ms Heard plans to appeal the verdict.