Amber Heard gave the first interview since the lawsuit which pitted her against Johnny Depp exclusively on the show “Today”, the first part of which aired on Tuesday.
Amber Heard has opened up about everything from how the public treated her during her defamation lawsuit with ex-husband Johnny Depp, to whether she was telling the truth about her alleged abuse.
Heard sat down for an exclusive interview, the first since the trial, with Savannah Guthrie of NBC News’ “Today,” part of which aired on Tuesday.
The actress hasn’t backed down from her claims that Depp physically and emotionally abused her during their marriage.
“Until the day I die, I will keep every word of my testimony,” he told Guthrie.
Heard further stated that she was also aware of the negative light the case cast, both on her and her ex-husband.
“I wouldn’t blame ordinary people for watching this, and the way it was covered, and seeing this as Hollywood kids at their worst,” Guthrie said. “But what people don’t understand is that it’s actually much bigger than that.”
Heard believes that “the vast majority of this lawsuit has been contested on social media”, referring to the many memes and tampering with court processes that have circulated on TikTok and other platforms. And he said the jury was not “immune” to the least flattering portrayals of her.
“I think even the most well-meaning juror would have been unable to avoid this,” he said.
Guthrie insisted on whether Heard abused Depp after the ‘Aquaman’ star said he never got into a physical fight with Depp, despite audio heard during the trial which appeared to show that he had done it. Guthrie noted that Heard’s alleged assault was “in black and white” thanks to a court transcript.
“As I testified to in the deposition, when your life is at stake, you will be blamed for things you shouldn’t be blamed for,” she said. “But when you’re in an abusive psychological, emotional, and physical dynamic, you don’t have the resources that, say, you or I have and have the luxury of saying, ‘Hey, it’s black or white,’ because it’s anything but when you walk through it.”
Heard admitted that he “did and said horrible things throughout my relationship”.
“I behaved horribly, almost unrecognizable to myself,” she said. “I have so many regrets.”
Depp had sued his ex-wife for $50 million, claiming she defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she wrote about her experience of domestic violence. Depp was not mentioned by name in Heard’s text, but said the text cost him contracts. Heard counter-sued him for $100 million.
Heard and Depp were both found guilty of libel in dueling suits against each other. The jury, however, awarded significantly more damage to Depp.
Heard said in her interview that in the days leading up to the trial, she had to walk into court through blocks of Depp supporters, who were holding denigrating signs with phrases that included “Death to Amber.” The courtroom was full of “vocal and energetic” fans of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” character, he said.
“It was the most humiliating and horrible thing I have ever experienced,” Heard said. “I have never felt so removed from my own humanity. I felt less than human.”
Heard said he thought the verdict might have been different if “really substantial evidence” from a UK libel case, which Depp lost in 2020 against a British tabloid – which called him ” wife beater” – had been accepted in your case.
When asked if he thought Depp’s lawyers were better than his own, Heard said their lawyers “did better at distracting the jury from the real issues.”
Heard’s team said they intend to appeal the verdict.
Guthrie said he interviewed Heard more than a week after the trial ended.
Before posting an earlier interview with two of Depp’s lawyers, Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez, Guthrie revealed that her husband, public relations consultant Michael Feldman, provided consulting services to Depp and his team, but unrelated with your interview.