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Amber Heard tells ‘Today Show’ Savannah Guthrie she doesn’t ‘blame’ the jury for unanimously finding she defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp and awarded him more than $10 million damages.
“I don’t blame them,” she said in the teaser, wearing a green blouse and her hair down. “Actually, I get it. He’s a beloved character and people feel like they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.”
NBC has released the two-minute clip from the hit interview which will air Tuesday Wednesday and in a one-hour special on “Dateline” Friday. It’s the first time Heard has spoken publicly since the devastating loss.
Guthrie didn’t hold back, asking pointed questions. “There’s no polite way to put it. The jury looked at the evidence you presented, they listened to your testimony and they didn’t believe you. They thought you were lying,” the reporter said. .
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“How could they not come to that conclusion,” Heard replied calmly. “They had sat in those seats and heard for three weeks of relentless, relentless testimony from paid employees, and towards the end of the trial, hikes.”
Heard was referring to unknown individuals who came forward near the end of the trial to testify on Depp’s behalf – including a luxury trailer park owner and a TMZ field producer.
After a six-week trial in Virginia, a seven-panel jury awarded Depp $10.35 million in damages, finding Heard defamed him when she wrote a 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post s identifying as a victim of domestic violence.
She did not refer to Depp by name in the piece. Heard counterattacked her ex-husband, alleging he defamed her through her attorney, Adam Waldman, calling her abuse allegations a hoax. 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 the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor and booing her as they entered the Fairfax County Courthouse each day. She was also relentlessly ridiculed on social media.
“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. at Guthrie. “I don’t assume the average person should know these things, so I don’t take it personally.”
She continued: “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 what you think on the networks there was fair representation. You can’t tell me it was fair.
Depp has yet to give a public interview, but his attorneys, Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez, spoke to ‘Good Morning America’ co-anchor George Stephanopoulos last week, whom Heard’s team told criticized as having taken a “victory lap”.
A spokesperson for Heard released a statement Monday morning defending the actress’ 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 television interviews, and Depp himself did the same on social media,” the spokesperson wrote in a statement. “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.”
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