Body Language Expert, Judi James, analyzes Amber Heard as she takes the stand to tell of her abuse to the jury during the Depp vs. Heard defamation trial.
There is honestly so much to unpack here. Judi James, the body language expert went over the first day of Amber Heard’s testimonial, and oh boy its a bit of a trip. From Heard’s hair style all the way down to how she only got really animated when she told her side of her story.
Amber Heard’s body language revealed a lot despite how the cameras couldn’t pick up whether or not she had real tears in her eyes. When guilty people cry on the stand, they try to make tears, for example, using a finger or a tissue to irritate the eyes enough to produce tears.
Judi James explained:
When they do cry for real, the streaming tears are often prompted by self-pity. Amber’s seemed to be truncated, but is that acting or bad acting or the innocent complex response of someone with mixed emotions? Amber’s facial expressions became more animated when she spoke about abuse.
Well, Amber Heard is all about appealing to her audience. So, it’s no surprise that while she was on the stand she smiled at the judge and purposely arranged her hair so that the jury had full view of her face and eyes while she addressed them directly.
Amber Heard’s Body Language Revealed A Lot On The Stand
However, Heard never actually shed tears, she only showed emotion through her vocals as she spoke of the events she says happened. Everything she did was to show the jury she knew they had control over the outcome of the trial.
Her hair is also draped to her left, meaning that the jury have a clear view of her face, both in silhouette and as she turns to address them directly. The effect would be to ‘humanize’ herself to the jury rather than isolating herself as a celebrity who they will presumably have been hearing negative comments about.
James also stated:
We tend to trust people more when we can see their eye expression, so this gesture could suggest she has nothing to hide.
As a body language expert, Judi James also analyzed Heard’s facial expressions and micro-expressions. James said that Heard’s expressions were of really mixed emotions. It almost seems like the actress really doesn’t know how to feel about her own situation and her side of the story.
Judi James mentions:
We saw her talk about her childhood and her siblings and it would be true to say that her facial expressions tend to be complex, suggesting mixed emotions, even when she is talking about something that makes her happy. Her smile only involved the raising of one side of her mouth.
James also mentioned:
While Jonny rarely if ever looked at his ex-wife, who was sitting directly in front of him, she did seem to look at him. This, too, can be analysed in two different ways: was it a signal of dominance and power or was it a sign of openness and honesty?
The body language expert also analyzed how Heard’s “scrunching of her nose while she was trying to figure out how to phrase the words she was looking for properly” made her testimony seem more genuine, thoughtful and honest about events that occurred.
However, James also expressed that this is difficult because both parties are A-list actors and they are trained in managing their emotions for an audience to get a story across.
Was Amber Heard Really Crying Or Was It Staged?
However, Dr. Lillian Glass says otherwise. Dr. Lillian Glass is not only a body language expert but also the author of the book Body Language Of Liars, and has a lot to say about Amber Heard and her testimony.
Dr. Glass, said that Heard’s breathing seemed to come off more like a 9-1-1 caller who committed a crime; shoulder shrugs that came off deceitful and her facial expressions:
seemed contrived, as if she was doing a dramatic scene and was acting over the top.
As Glass continued with her analysis, she went on to say:
[She] had no liquid in her eyes or nose, [and] she never blew her nose, just put the Kleenex to her nose and kept it there. She snuck a peek at the camera to make sure they had the shot, She comes across a very unlikeable on the stand. This is very important when it comes to a jury’s decision.
Continuing, Dr. Glass stated:
As she gets more and more graphic in her description of what Johnny allegedly did to her in terms of the alleged cavity search, she tries harder and harder to conjure up emotion and tears. But the tears never came. She kept shaking her head. It truly reminded me of a beginning acting student. In essence, her bad acting appeared cringeworthy.
Of course, Amber Heard’s spokesperson commented back about Dr. Glass’ comments with regards to her findings:
If Mr. Depp was truly innocent, why has he repeatedly apologized to Ms. Heard and promised to put the ‘monster away for good’? One of Ms. Heard’s disappointments is Mr. Depp’s inability to distinguish fact from fiction — a malady which appears to have spread to his legal team. That same team is so panicked they are fighting tooth and nail to prevent compelling evidence and photos from being introduced. Small wonder Mr. Depp does not have the fortitude or courage to even look at Ms. Heard at all throughout the proceedings — as he could not in the U.K. trial — and, instead he doodles and snickers. Mr. Depp’s behavior in this trial has been as pitiful as it was in their marriage. Apparently, they feel they must double down on their demonstrably losing two-part strategy: distract the jury and demonize the victim.
This was only the first day of Heard giving her testimony about the events that occurred so far and with competing specialists such as Dr. Glass and Judi James making their analysis’ about events, it can only be imagined what more is to come in the future as this defamation case continues.
There has been screen shots and video all over social media of Heard putting her tissue up to her nose, looking like she is either posing or putting something up her nose while she was on the stand.
Whether that was to try and make herself cry or if she was doing something else and was just posing for the camera is unclear.
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