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Exclusive: Jurors ‘dozed off’ during Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial, says stenographer

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The court stenographer in the Johnny Depp defamation lawsuit against the actor’s ex-wife Amber Heard said she witnessed several members of the jury “dozing off” during court proceedings.

In an interview with Law & Crime Network, Judy Bellinger said that at points throughout the six-week trial, jurors in both the front and back rows were falling asleep.

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“It was tough because there was a lot of video deposition,” Bellinger said in the interview.

Both Depp and Heard called over a dozen witnesses each, many of whom testified via web video or pre-recorded depositions. Bellinger seemed to imply that these testimonies were often harder to pay attention to than witnesses who spoke live in court.

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Bellinger said that when she observed the seven-person jury, she would occasionally see certain members’ “head drop,” as if sleeping.

Otherwise, she said the jury was “very intent” and “listening intently” during the trial.


Actor Johnny Depp chats with the court stenographer during a break amid his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., April 27, 2022.


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She also spoke of an alternate jury member who did not join the jury for deliberations, but who Bellinger claimed was more enthusiastic than the rest.

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“The one alternate was probably the one that listened the most,” she said. “I watched her facial expressions. She was very deeply into every word that was being said. I thought she would’ve made a great juror but she did not get to see it to the end.”

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Bellinger continued, claiming the alternate jury member “was paying close attention” and “never dozed off.”

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On June 1, a jury in Fairfax, Va., ruled in favour of Depp, 58, deciding he had in fact been defamed by Heard, 36, on three counts, awarding him US$15 million in damages. This amount was later reduced by the judge to $10.35 million due to state law.

Heard was also awarded a partial win, receiving $2 million on a claim that Depp’s former lawyer and press agent defamed her when he called her domestic abuse allegations against the Pirates of the Caribbean actor “an abuse hoax” designed to capitalize on the #MeToo movement.

Last week, Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, claimed the Aquaman actor would be appealing the verdict from this trial, adding that she “has some excellent grounds for it.” She said Heard is “absolutely not” able to pay the $10-million judgment.


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Richard Wilkins has no time for haters.

The TV personality has come to his son’s defence on Instagram, after people criticised Christian’s Logies red carpet outfit.

“So… to anyone who dares to suggest that I am in any way ‘ashamed’ of my son Christian .. for whatever reason… You are wrong!” he wrote.

“I could not be more proud!!,” Richard continued. “He is an exceptional human being who will leave his stamp on the world long after his detractors have disappeared. I love you unconditionally.”

He also has “proud dad” in his Instagram bio.

Earlier this week, Christian responded to trolls on Twitter who said that his choice to wear a dress was “not normal”.

“All I can really say is that I’m amazed at how vulnerable the patriarchy is that it can be threatened by a piece of silk,” he told 9Honey.

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The majority of the responses to Wilkins’ red carpet choice were positive, many praising him for wearing something other than the standard tuxedo most men wear to the event.

And the love for Christian continued flowing in the comment section of Richard’s Instagram post.

Today host Karl Stefanovic wrote: “Beyond exceptional. He is a light. A beautiful human light. Who comes from beautiful humans. And light. Anyone who thinks otherwise ain’t worth knowing or paying attention to you. I love you guys so much.”

Reporter Leila McKinnon also weighed in: “If we are assembling an army against whoever cast doubt on the beautiful relationship between two of my favourite humans then count me in!”

“I can only dream of having such a close relationship with my daughters when they’re adults,” added Belinda Russell.

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Richard Wilkins and his son Christian are incredibly close. (AAP)

Christian and Richard have always had a close bond.

In 2020, Christian told Women’s Weekly that “people would be very surprised at how much we both look at each other for support in terms of life, love and career.”

Richard has five kids. “I’m enormously proud of each of them and supportive, protective and, hopefully, loving,” he said in the same interview. “I’m being the best father that I know how to be. And I’m certainly a much better dad now than I was when my first child was born.”

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“I’ve also been struggling with the challenges I face in my career,” she wrote. “I’ve been wanting to be a country singer since I was nine years old and sometimes, I feel like I’m constantly in a battle with the rest of the industry to prove to them that I’m not just a TV personality or an influencer because that has outshined my music.”

“As a woman in 2022,” the mom of three continued, “I don’t understand why I can’t have a family, publish books, own a fashion brand, be an influencer, and do TV without being questioned if I take my music career seriously just because I’ve chosen to dream big.”

After cancelling several shows, Jessie felt that she “let so many people down.” As a result, “it sent me down a spiral again of depression and made me worried no one would want to come once the tour is back up running later this summer.”

With more shows kicking off June 29 in Nashville, Jessie is working through her pain. She’s also receiving support from friends and family including husband Eric Decker who commented, “Love you!! Your vulnerability is inspiring and beautiful.”

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