Live updates on the aftermath of the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial: reactions to the verdict, Heard’s interview and book, appeal…
Depp v Heard libel trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court
The way Amber Heard behaved on the witness stand shouldn’t necessarily be taken as proof that she was lyingexperts told Insider.
A Depp v Heard jury member told Good Morning America that the Aquaman star “didn’t look believable” in court, explaining: “It seemed like she was able to flip the switch on her emotions. She was answering a question and she was crying and two seconds later she was freezing. It didn’t seem natural.
However, Dr. Kate Porterfield of Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma says that such sudden emotional changes can occur when survivors talk about traumatic experiences, when they become agitated at first, they then seek to calm down.
“So the person can then appear flat, detached and disconnected,” said Porterfield. “All of this is difficult for juries to understand because it seems counter-intuitive that a person could look flat or maybe even bored.”
Dr. Jim Hopper of Harvard Medical School said that it was “only human” for jurors to be swayed by the outward emotions of witnesses, but added: “The question is what knowledge base do you have? […] If it was someone who was traumatized, then are you able to empathize with someone who might express that trauma in different ways?”