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Amber Heard says she doesn’t blame the jury that awarded Johnny Depp more than $10 million after a controversial six-week defamation trial in her first post-sentence interview.
“I don’t blame them,” Heard told “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie in an interview clip that aired Monday on NBC. “I really get it. He’s a beloved character and people feel they know him. He’s a great actor.”
“Today” plans to air more interviews with Heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The interview, which aired nearly two weeks after the ruling, also saw Heard award $2 million for her claim that one of Depp’s attorneys defamed her.
Depp sued Heard for libel in Virginia in a December 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a figurehead for domestic abuse.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned him by name.
The rulings ended a televised trial that Depp hopes will help restore his reputation, though it has turned out to be a sight that opens the door to a tumultuous marriage and both Actors all appear with uncertain prospects for their careers.
Guthrie pressed Heard about her credibility and what it meant to jurors in clips released Monday. “There’s no polite way to say that. The jury looked at the evidence you presented. They listened to your testimony and they didn’t believe you,” she said. “They think you’re lying.”
Heard replied, “How could they not have come to that conclusion? They sat in those chairs and listened to incessant, unrelenting testimony from salaried employees” and male witnesses. actors described as “random people” or random people.
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Depp, who has yet to give an official interview about the case, has said the verdict “gives back my life.” Heard said in a statement after the ruling that she was heartbroken, while her attorney said in a separate “Today” interview that her client had been “devilted” on social media. society and she plans to appeal the verdict.
“I don’t care what people think of me or what you want to judge about what happened in the privacy of my own home, in my marriage, behind closed doors. I don’t care. suppose the average person should know those things, and so I don’t take it personally,” Heard told Guthrie.
“You still can’t look me in the eye and tell me you think there’s fair representation on social media. You can’t tell me you think this is fair,” Heard said.
Heard’s interview will also be featured in Friday’s episode of “Dateline.”