On Tuesday and Wednesday, Amber Heard made her first television appearances following the conclusion of a contentious defamation lawsuit brought by her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
In a two-part “Today” show interview, Heard sat down with Savannah Guthrie to discuss the fallout from the trial and its impact on her personal life. In a shocking moment, the actress also opened up about her endless adoration of Depp and revealed her looming fear of her after the trial.
“I’m afraid that whatever he does … every step he takes will present another opportunity, for this kind of silencing, which is what, I guess, a defamation lawsuit should do,” Heard said. “It’s meant to take your voice.”
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The former couple’s six-week trial came to a dramatic end earlier this month after a seven-person jury found Heard had acted with “malice” in her 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post. . According to the jury, Heard’s written accounts of domestic abuse were sufficient to qualify as defamation and subsequently tainted Depp’s career and reputation. Heard was ultimately awarded $2 million in compensatory damages for her counterclaim, while Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.
“I think whatever happens, it will mean something,” he added. “I did the right thing. I did everything I could to defend myself and the truth.”
These are the most important conclusions of the interview:
1 Heard believes ‘unfair’ social media attention during trial biased jurors
The actress criticized the damaging coverage she received on social media, where she became the butt of ridicule while Depp was hailed as a hero.
“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, in my marriage, behind closed doors,” he said. I heard you told Guthrie. “I don’t presume that the average person should know such things. Therefore, I don’t take it personally.
“But even someone who is sure I deserve all this hate and vitriol, even if you think I’m lying, you couldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that you think there has been fair representation on social media,” he continued. “You can’t tell me that you think this has been fair.”
Heard and Depp’s treatment on platforms like TikTok and Twitter has been strikingly different. Many fans of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor launched a “Justice for Johnny” movement on Depp’s behalf while also mocking Heard’s testimony in an attempt to debunk allegations of abuse against him.
“I think even the jury with the best of intentions… it would have been impossible to prevent this,” Heard said of the blatant hate she received both online and in person. “Every day I passed three, four, sometimes six city blocks full of people holding signs that said, ‘Burn the witch,’ ‘Death to Amber.’ After three and a half weeks, I took the stand and saw a courtroom full of talking Captain Jack Sparrow fans, they were full of energy.”
two Heard criticized Depp’s legal team for suggesting she was acting out her testimony.
“Says the lawyer for the man who convinced the world he had scissors instead of fingers? Am I the actor?” Heard responded when asked about the court members’ allegations. “I’ve been hearing testimonials for weeks that either hinted or said outright that I’m a terrible actress, so I’m a bit confused as to how I could be both.”
The actor also said that she “standing[s] for every word of my testimony” and maintained his own innocence, stating that the allegations of abuse against Depp were all true.
“I made a lot of mistakes, but I always told the truth.”
3 Heard claims that the audio tapes, in which he talked about starting fights with Depp, were edited and therefore inaccurate.
Speaking about the abuse she endured throughout her relationship with Depp, Heard said she never “had to instigate” the violence, but instead “responded to it”.
“When you live in violence and it normalizes, as I testified, you have to adapt,” he explained.
Heard also revealed that the audio recordings in which he admitted to “beating up” and abusing Depp were edited and essentially not evidence of what was really going on behind closed doors.
“I know there has been a lot of talk about these audio tapes. They were first leaked online after editing,” he said. “What you would hear in those clips is not evidence of what was happening. It was evidence of a negotiation on how to talk about it with your abuser.
“As I testified on the stand about this, when your life is at risk, not only will you take the blame for things that you shouldn’t take the blame for, but when you’re in a psychologically, emotionally and physically abusive dynamic, you don’t have the resources. that, say, you or I have the luxury of saying, ‘Hey, this is black and white,'” Heard added. “Because it’s anything but when you’re living in it.”
4 I heard claims that he still loves Depp
Heard told Guthrie that she feels nothing but love for her former partner, even after their long history of legal battles.
“I love him. I loved him with all my heart,” he said. “And I did my best to make a deeply broken relationship work. I couldn’t. I had no ill feelings or ill will towards him. I know he can be hard to understand or he can be very easy to understand. If you’ve ever loved someone, it should be easy.”
5 Heard fears Depp could sue her for defamation… again
“I’m afraid that no matter what I do, no matter what I say or how I say it, every step I take will present another opportunity for this kind of silencing,” Heard revealed.
Throughout the interview, he frequently described the trial as “the most humiliating and horrible thing I’ve ever been through.” As Guthrie mentioned, Heard also texted Depp that he would suffer “total global humiliation” during the hearing of the case.
“I testified about this. I’m not a good victim, I get it. I’m not a nice victim. I’m not a perfect victim,” he continued. “But when I testified I asked the jury to see me as a human being and listen to their [Depp] own words, which is a promise to do this. He feels like he did it.”
The actor also claimed that his op-ed in the Washington Post was not about Depp and that he had no intention of “cancelling” it.
“The op-ed wasn’t about my relationship with Johnny,” Heard explained. “What the op-ed was about was me lending my voice to a larger cultural conversation we were having at the time.”
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