After losing the libel trial against Johnny Depp, Amber Heard breaks her silence.
Amber Heard has broken her silence after Johnny Depp’s victory in his high-profile defamation lawsuit, saying she doesn’t blame the jury for not believing her and that she didn’t get ‘fair representation’ thanks to the social networks.
Speaking in her first on-camera interview after the jury’s verdict – which was in Depp’s favor – the actress said she was described as an “incredible person” at the highly publicized six-month hearing. weeks in Fairfax, Virginia. In a statement sent to Sky News, a spokeswoman for Heard said she decided to do the interview after her ex-husband and his lawyers “hit” the media after the verdict, “expressing their thoughts and their feelings, many of which she had were not allowed to do so on the witness stand”.
The actress spoke to NBC News reporter Savannah Guthrie, who posted a “far-reaching” excerpt from the interview on Monday before the full story airs in two parts on Tuesday and Wednesday. Heard, 36, criticized the role social media played in the case, describing what he described as “hate and vitriol” by targeting online.
“I don’t care what people think of me or what judgments you want to make about what happened behind closed doors in the privacy of my own home and marriage,” she said. “I don’t think the average person should know these things, so I don’t take it personally.
“But even someone who’s sure I deserve all this hate and resentment, even if you think I’m lying, you still can’t look me in the eye and tell me you think it’s in the media social gave a fair representation. You can’t tell me you think it was right. ”
Asked about her feelings about the jury’s decision that the jurors “didn’t believe her” and “thought I was lying,” Heard replied, “I don’t blame them. In a way, I understand. He is a beloved character and people feel they know him. He is a fantastic actor. ”
When Guthrie told her it’s the jury’s job to “not be blinded by this … look at the facts and the evidence,” Heard replied, “Again, how could they? After hearing three and a half weeks of testimonials about how amazing I was. Don’t believe a word that came out of my mouth. ”
After six weeks of testimony, the trial ended on June 1, with the jury ruling that a 2018 article written by Heard for the Washington Post about her alleged experiences as a domestic violence survivor was defamatory of Depp. The actor received compensation of $ 10.35 million (£ 8.2 million).
Heard won on a tally of her counter-indictment, successfully claiming that one of Depp’s lawyers defamed her claiming his allegations were “an abuse hoax” meant to benefit the #MeToo movement. The jury awarded her $ 2 million (£ 1.5 million) in damages.
After appearing in court for all evidence, Depp wasn’t there for the verdict but toured the UK with musician Jeff Beck. His attorneys also appeared on the Today and Good Morning America program in the United States following the verdict.
When the preview clip of the Heard interview was released, a spokesperson for the actress said in a statement to Sky News: “Johnny Depp’s legal team covered the media with numerous statements and televised interviews for days after the verdict. , and Depp himself did it, the same on social media. “Ms. Heard only intended to respond to what they aggressively did last week; she did so by expressing her thoughts and feelings, much of which she was not allowed to do on the stand.”
Elaine Bredehoft, one of Heard’s attorneys, said she intends to appeal the verdict.