Amber Heard has broken her silence after Johnny Depp’s victory in their 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.
The actress spoke in her first on-camera interview after the jury’s verdict – who found in Depp‘s favor – saying she was described as an ‘uncredible person’ during the highly publicized six-week hearing in Fairfax, Virginia.
In a statement sent to Sky News, a spokesperson for Understood said she decided to do the interview after her ex-husband and his lawyers ‘covered’ the media after the verdict and to ‘express her thoughts and feelings, which she was not allowed to largely on the witness stand”.
The actress sat down with NBC News reporter Savannah Guthriewho published a snippet of the “wide-ranging” 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 and detailed what she described as “hate and vitriol” directed at her online.
“I don’t care what anyone thinks 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 said. . “I don’t assume the average person should know these things, and so I don’t take it personally.
“But even someone who is sure that 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 that you think on social media he there was a fair performance. You can’t tell me you think it was fair.
Asked about her feelings about the jury’s decision, that the jurors “didn’t believe her” and “thought you were lying”, Heard replied: “I don’t blame them. I actually get it. He’s a character beloved and people feel like they know him. . He’s a fantastic actor.”
When Guthrie told him that the jury’s job was “not to be dazzled by this… to look at the facts and the evidence”, Heard replied: “Again, how could they? After listening for three weeks and half testimony of how I was an unbelievable person.Not believing a word that came out of my mouth.
After six weeks of testimony, the case ended on June 1, with the jury finding that a 2018 article Heard wrote for the Washington Post, about her alleged experiences as a survivor of domestic violence, was defamatory of Depp. .
The actor was awarded $10.35m (£8.2m) in damages.
Heard won on one count of her countersuit, successfully claiming that one of Depp’s lawyers defamed her by claiming her allegations were “an abuse hoax” aimed at capitalizing on the #movement MeToo.
The jury awarded him $2m (£1.5m) in damages.
After appearing in court for all the evidence, Depp was not there for the verdict, but instead toured the UK with musician Jeff Beck.
His lawyers also appeared on Today and Good Morning America in the United States following the verdict.
As the preview clip of Heard’s interview was released, a spokesperson for the actress said in a statement sent to Sky News: “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.
“Ms. Heard simply intended to respond to what they did aggressively last week; she did so by expressing her thoughts and feelings, which she was not allowed to do at the witness box.”
Elaine Bredehoft, one of Heard’s lawyers, announced her intention to appeal the verdict.
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