Despite a jury largely ruling in Johnny Depp’s favor in an explosive defamation trial, Amber Heard is refusing to back down on her claims of domestic abuse against him. The globally broadcast court case saw the former couple make some shocking allegations about each other. In her first interview since the verdict, the Aquaman star reiterated that her ex-husband hit her during their marriage. The 36-year-old also said she will stand by every word of her testimony to her dying day.
When asked to share her thoughts about the allegations made by Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez that she had been “acting” in the courtroom Amber Heard responded rather quizzically. “Says the lawyer for the man who convinced the world he had scissors for fingers? I’m the performer?” she told Today host Savannah Guthrie, referencing Depp’s iconic role in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. Recalling how she listened to weeks of testimony that insinuated and directly stated she was a terrible actress, Heard added, “I’m a bit confused how I could be both?”
During the same interview, Amber Heard also accused the jurors of being duped by her ex-husband, calling him out as the real performer. The DC alum said she understood why the jury reached a verdict in favor of Depp. “I actually understand. He’s a beloved character and people feel they know him. He’s a fantastic actor,” she explained. When Guthrie suggested it was the jury’s duty to not be swayed by her ex-husband’s A-list status, The Stand star insisted it was impossible for them not to be. “How could they [not be]… After listening to three and a half weeks of testimony about how I was a non-credible person, not to believe a word that came out of my mouth?” the actress implored.
Next, Amber Heard discussed the negative social media coverage she faced, and how she feels it contributed to the court’s decision. “I don’t care what one thinks about me or what judgments you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home, in my marriage, behind closed doors,” the 36-year-old said. “But even somebody who is sure I’m deserving of all this hate and vitriol, even if you think that I’m lying, you still couldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that you think on social media there’s been a fair representation. You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair.”
Johnny Depp sued Amber Heard for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post, claiming to be a victim of domestic abuse. Although the article did not mention the actor by name, his lawyers argued that it falsely implied that he physically and sexually abused his former wife during their relationship. The actress countersued for $100 million, accusing him of orchestrating a smear campaign against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of abuse and harassment. She was subsequently awarded $2 million.
Following the verdict, Amber Heard released a statement to share her heartbreak over the result. She called the decision a “setback” for all women, adding that the disappointment she felt is beyond words. During a previous appearance on Today, the actress’s lawyer explained that her client will be appealing the decision. She added that Johnny Depp’s legal team worked to demonize his former wife, and was able to suppress important evidence. She also said several things were allowed in court that shouldn’t have seen the light of day, and it caused the jury to be confused.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post has added an editor’s note to the digital version of the controversial 2018 op-ed written by Amber Heard. The matter-of-fact addition simply states the court’s various rulings and is accompanied by a list of the defamatory statements within the article.