While the crowds ecstatic as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard brought it out on livestreams, people in the room struggled to stay awake.
Judy Bellinger, the court stenographer for the Depp v. Heard libel case, has dropped some bombshell revelations about the controversial six-week courtroom marathon.
“There were a few jurors who nodded off,” Bellinger told Law & Crime Network Monday, admitting “it was tough” to endure the many hours of testimony.
Bellinger’s bombastic revelation also noted that the sleeping jurors sat in both the front and back rows and struggled, especially during video interviews.
“There was a lot of video testimony and they were just sitting there — and all of a sudden I saw her head fall down,” she added, describing the hours of pre-taped segments that complemented the already lengthy personal testimonies on the stand.
The stenographer also noted that the most vigilant juror was an alternate who was not even involved in the final verdict.
“Unfortunately, the one alternative that was there — she was probably the one who listened the most,” Bellinger said. “I watched their facial expressions. She immersed herself in every word that was said. I thought she made a great juror and she didn’t see it to the end. She paid close attention.”
The Post has reached out to representatives from Depp and Heard for comment.
Meanwhile, Bellinger’s presence in court also sparked a bizarre viral rumor/conspiracy theory that she was “hired” and “celebrated” with Depp, which she did previously debunked by Emmy-winning Law & Crime correspondent Angenette Levy.
The Depp v. Heard trial ended last week, and the seven-member jury, consisting of five men and two women, sided primarily with Depp, 58, in its verdict. They awarded him more than $10 million in damages and noted that Heard, 36, had defamed him in her 2018 Washington Post op-ed about domestic violence. Heard was awarded $2 million in her counterclaim and plans to appeal the verdict.
Depp, who was not there in person to hear the verdict read, said in a statement: “The jury gave me my life back.”
Heard said the ruling “resets the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated.”