Amber Heard appeared in an interview with Savannah Guthrie of NBC News that will appear on Tuesday and Wednesday on NBC News’ Today show, with additional material showing on Friday, June 17 on a special Dateline. During their conversation, Heard explains why she doesn’t hold the jury responsible for Depp’s defamation.
Heard says in a video that was released on Monday, “I don’t blame them. I actually understand.” Heard added, “He’s a beloved character and people feel they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.” The Aquaman actress also expresses her dissatisfaction with the way she was represented on social media throughout the six-week trial. “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,” Heard expressed
She continued, “I don’t presume the average person should know those things. And so I don’t take it personally. 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.
Despite Heard’s sentiments about how social media portrayed her, Depp’s lawyers, Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez stated in two interviews this week that they did not believe the platforms played a role in the trial’s conclusion. Chew revealed to Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos, “My view is that social media played no role whatsoever. This was a decision made by the jury on the evidence presented by both sides, and as Camille said, it was overwhelmingly in Mr Depp’s favour.”
The court fight began in March 2019, when Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard after she wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post in December 2018 revealing her experience with domestic abuse. While the actor was not named in the story, their bitter 2016 divorce was still making headlines. The jury sided with Depp in the six-week trial, which concluded on June 1. He was granted compensatory damages of $10 million and punitive damages of $5 million. However, his punitive damages were lowered to $350,000 due to the state’s statutory maximum.
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