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Amber Heard to break silence on ‘Today Show’ in first post-verdict interview

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Amber Heard told the “Today Show’s” Savannah Guthrie that she doesn’t “blame” the jury for unanimously finding that she had defamed her ex-husband Johnny Depp and awarding him more than $10 million in damages.

“I don’t blame them,” she said in the preview, wearing a green blouse and with her hair down. “Actually, I get it. He’s a beloved character and people feel like he knows him. He’s a fantastic actor.”

NBC released the two-minute clip of the hit interview to air Tuesday, Wednesday and in a one-hour special on “Dateline” on Friday. It is the first time Heard has spoken publicly since the devastating loss.

Guthrie didn’t hold back. “There is no polite way to say it. The jury looked at the evidence you presented, listened to your testimony, and didn’t believe you. They thought you were lying,” the journalist said.

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“How could they not come to that conclusion?” Heard replied calmly. “They sat in those seats and listened for three weeks to unrelenting, unrelenting testimony from paid employees, and by the end of the trial, randos.”

Heard was referring to strangers who came forward towards the end of the trial to testify on Depp’s behalf, including the owner of a luxury trailer park and a field producer for TMZ.

After a six-week trial in Virginia, a seven-panel jury awarded Depp $10.35 million in damages and found that Heard had defamed him when he wrote a 2018 Washington Post op-ed identifying himself as a victim of abuse. domestic.

Amber Heard, right, and her sister Whitney Heard, second left, leave the Fairfax County Courthouse on June 1, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia, after she lost her ex-husband's defamation case against her. .

Amber Heard, right, and her sister Whitney Heard, second left, leave the Fairfax County Courthouse on June 1, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia, after she lost her ex-husband’s defamation case against her. .
(Photo by Rod Lamkey/Consolidated News Images)

She did not refer to Depp by name in the article. Heard countersued her ex-husband, alleging that he had defamed her through her attorney, Adam Waldman, by calling her abuse allegations cheating on her. In a symbolic victory, the jury awarded him $2 million in damages for a single statement Waldman made to the press.

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The “Aquaman” actress endured hundreds of Depp fans cheering on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actress and booing her as they entered the Fairfax County courthouse each day. She was also the subject of relentless teasing on social media.

“I don’t care what you think of me or what judgments you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home and my marriage behind closed doors,” she told Guthrie. “I don’t suppose the average person should know those things, so I don’t take it personally.”

A combination of photos of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in court on May 23, 2022.

A combination of photos of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in court on May 23, 2022.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool)

She continued: “But even someone who is sure I deserve all this hate and vitriol, even if you think I’m lying, you still can’t look me in the eye and tell me what you think on social media. There has been fair representation. No you can tell me this has been fair.”

Depp has yet to give a public interview, but his attorneys, Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez, spoke last week with “Good Morning America” ​​co-host George Stephanopoulos, which Heard’s team criticized as a “victory lap.” .

A spokesperson for Heard issued a statement Monday morning defending the actress’s decision to give the lengthy interview.

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“Johnny Depp’s legal team covered the media for days after the verdict with numerous statements and interviews on television, and Depp himself did the same on social media,” the spokesperson wrote in a statement. “Ms. Heard simply 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 witness stand.”

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