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A major topic in recent weeks weeks has been Johnny Depp's defamation suit against Amber Heard.
The two actors, who broke up in 2016, are engaged in a legal battle that is currently being live-streamed. Depp is suing Heard for a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post, in which she claimed, without naming Depp, to be a domestic violence survivor. Depp denies ever being physically abusive and is suing her for $50 million for defamation; Heard is counter-suing for $100 million.
As the trial, which is entering its fourth week, is available for anyone to watch, Oxygen digital correspondent Stephanie Gomulka asked Susan Constantine, a human behavior and body language expert, at CrimeCon 2022 about her thoughts on the pair's respective demeanors.
"When I was watching his body language listening to his story, I did not find deception in Johnny Depp's story. He's telling the truth," Constantine said. "What I'm watching is when he's telling the story and she's responding, if you could put the two of them side by side and watch how he's responding to his questioning and answering and you see her reactions she's very stoic, she's very flat."
Gomulka pointed out both Depp and Heard are actors, asking if that can play into the way they're presenting themselves in court.
"They can, but only for a short period of time. When you get someone talking for a long period of time they can't maintain it, they slip up. They slip up in their non-verbals in their words, they're going to slip up somewhere," she claimed.
Fil Waters, a retired homicide detective with the Houston Police Department who was also being interviewed by Gomulka, gave his own two cents on the case.
"These two people are actors. My takeaway from it is we are seeing the raw person. We are seeing these people as they truly are, and it is really interesting and I have the same takeaway on Johnny Depp. [In my opinion ]this guy is humbled by all of this and he is embarrassed and he is saying, 'Look, this is what happened,'" he said.
Neither Constantine nor Waters are involved in the case and have only formed their opinions from afar.
The suit against Heard is ongoing, and she has not yet testified in her defense.
In 2021, Depp sued British outlet The Sun's executive editor Dan Wootton and The Sun's parent company News Group Newspapers after the newspaper labeled him a "wife-beater." He lost the case after the judge ruled 12 of the 14 incidents of alleged domestic abuse against Heard had occurred, reported the BBC at the time.
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