Amber Heard says she and Johnny Depp were ‘awful to each other’ but ‘always told the truth’, in first interview since actor’s libel win | Ents & Arts News

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Amber Heard said she and Johnny Depp were ‘awful to each other’ during their ‘toxic’ relationship, admitting she made ‘lots of mistakes – but always told the truth’ .

The actress said that until her “dying day” she would stand by the testimony she gave in court in Fairfax, Va., despite jurors who found in Depp‘s favor – concluding that a column she wrote about domestic abuse was defamatory – after hearing six weeks of evidence.

In his first interview since the June 1 verdict, Heard sat down with NBC News reporter Savannah Guthrie talk about the trial.

Actor Johnny Depp reacts as he leaves for a break during the Depp vs Heard libel trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., May 26, 2022. Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS
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Asked about Depp’s claim that he never hit Heard, and if the actress claims that’s a lie, she replied, “Yes, it is.”

Depp, 59, denied abusing Heard.

Addressing her own behavior during their relationship, she said: “I have done and said horrible and regrettable things throughout my relationship. I have behaved in horrible ways, almost unrecognizable to myself. So many regret.

“I spoke freely, openly and willingly about what I did. I spoke about the horrible language, I spoke about being pushed to the point where I didn’t even know the difference between right and wrong. .

“I will always continue to feel like I was part of that, like I was the other half of that relationship – because I was. And it was ugly and it could be very beautiful.

“It was very, very toxic. We were awful to each other. I made a lot of mistakes, a lot of mistakes. I always told the truth.”

When told that some members of the public had been “frankly disgusted” by what happened in court, Heard replied: “Absolutely, I wouldn’t blame the average person for watching this and how this was covered and not to think that these are Hollywood kids at their worst.

“But what people don’t understand is that it’s actually so much bigger than that. It’s not just about our First Amendment right to speak.”

Amber Heard dejected during the reading of the verdict of her defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp

However, Guthrie stepped in to say the First Amendment protects free speech — but not “lies that amount to libel and that was the issue in the case.”

Heard, 36, also addressed evidence claiming she was also violent during her relationship with Depp.

“I never had to incite him,” she said. “I answered it. When you live with violence, it becomes normal. As I testified, you have to adapt.”

The first half of the interview aired Tuesday after a preview the day before, in which Heard said she understood why jurors believed Depp over her, describing him as “a beloved character and people feel they know him”. She also said she was described as an “uncredible person” during the trial.

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. .

Johnny Depp on stage with Jeff Beck in Sheffield just two days after the trial between him and Amber Heard ended
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Depp was on tour in the UK with Jeff Beck when the verdict was delivered

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 #MeToo movement.

The jury awarded him $2m (£1.5m) in damages.

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During his testimony in court, Depp denied abusing Heard and told jurors that his ex-wife’s domestic abuse allegations were “abhorrent and disturbing”.

He said he was “obsessed” with the truth about what really happened during their relationship.

“I felt it was my responsibility to clear my name and my children’s name from this awful thing they had to read about their father,” he said. “My goal is the truth, because it killed me that people I had met over the years… thought I was an impostor and lied to them.”

Later in the trial, when asked how it had been to listen to Heard’s testimony, Depp said: “It’s insane to hear heinous accusations of violence, sexual violence, that she attributed to me, of which she accused me.

“I don’t think anyone likes having to split up and tell the truth, but there are times when you just have to because it’s gotten out of hand.”

He then paused before saying, “Horrible. Ridiculous. Humiliating. Ridiculous. Painful. Savage. Incredibly brutal, cruel and all…wrong. All wrong.”

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.

Elaine Bredehoft, one of Heard’s lawyers, announced her intention to appeal.

The second half of the actress’ interview is set to air on Wednesday.

Sky News has approached Depp’s representatives for comment.

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