Amber Heard's lawyer says there's 'no way' the jury wasn't influenced by the social media storm against her

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  • Amber Heard's lawyer said the jury must've been 'influenced' by social media.

  • "There's no way they couldn't have been influenced by it," she told "Today." "And it was horrible."

  • On Wednesday, jurors found both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard liable for defamation against each other.

Amber Heard's attorney said that there is "no way" the jury in her defamation trial against Johnny Depp wasn't influenced by viral social media posts that favored her ex-husband.

When asked by Savannah Guthrie on the "Today" show whether social media had an effect on the jurors' verdict, lawyer Elaine Charlson Bredehoft said "absolutely."

Guthrie pointed out that jurors were told "every single day" to not look at social media, but Bredehoft maintained that they must have been aware of the posts online.

"How can you not?" Bredehoft said. "They 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," she continued.

"There's no way they couldn't have been influenced by it," she added. "And it was horrible. It was really, really lopsided."


Depp and Heard were embroiled in a six-week trial that soared to national attention, specifically on social media.

A fiercely loyal band of Depp fans have spread analysis of the court proceedings, memes, and vitriol against Heard, Insider's Lindsay Dodgson and Charissa Cheong previously reported. Fans said they were "proud" of Depp and terms like #MenToo and "He Won" were trending on Twitter after the verdict was announced. Depp's supporters also blasted Heard as a liar, accusing her of acting on the stand and using misogynistic insults.

On Wednesday, jurors found both Depp and Amber Heard liable of defamation against each other after less than three days of deliberations. They awarded Depp $15 million in damages from Heard — though that award was later revised down to just over $10 million — and awarded Heard $2 million in damages from Depp.


Depp was not present in the courtroom when the verdict was given "due to previously scheduled work commitments," a source close to Depp told Insider on Wednesday. Instead, the actor watched the verdict from the United Kingdom, the source said.

Earlier in the week, the actor had been spotted making surprise appearances and performing with Jeff Beck at three recent concerts in the UK.

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Johnny Depp testifies in his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.Steve Helber/Pool via Reuters

Depp filed a defamation suit against Heard in response to an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post that detailed her experience with domestic violence. Depp's name wasn't mentioned, but the article was widely interpreted as being about him.

According to Depp's $50 million lawsuit, Heard fabricated an incident where she accused Depp of beating her and had, in fact, verbally and physically assaulted him on numerous occasions.

Heard denied the claims and countersued for $100 million, alleging Depp physically beat her numerous times in their relationship, often while intoxicated on drugs and alcohol.

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