Amber Heard denies wrongdoing after Johnny Depp trial

Amber heard spoke to NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie on the US Today show on Tuesday (Wednesday morning AEST), doubling down on her innocence and responding to many of the allegations made about her during her trial of the former husband Johnny Depp

When referring to the verdictin which Depp largely came out on top, Heard said the process has been “surreal and difficult. This has taken a long time.”

Asked by Guthrie about her words in court, Heard said, “Until the day I die, I will stand behind every word of my testimony.”

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Amber Heard spoke to NBC News' Savannah Guthrie on the US Today show on Tuesday, doubling down on her innocence and responding to many of the allegations made about her during her trial of ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Amber Heard swore her innocence and responded to many of the allegations made about her during her trial of ex-husband Johnny Depp in her first TV interview after losing the lawsuit (NBC/Today)

That said, Heard also referred to the trial as, “The most humiliating and horrible thing I’ve ever experienced. I’ve never felt so disconnected from my own humanity. I felt less than human.”

Speaking of the social media frenzy surrounding the trial, Heard said: “I think even the most well-meaning juror… it would have been impossible to avoid this. Every day I passed three, four, sometimes six city blocks filled with people holding signs that read ‘Burn the Witch’, ‘Death to Amber’. After three and a half weeks I took the stand and saw a courtroom full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were vocal and energetic”.

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Referring to the UK trial that Depp lost, Heard said: “There was another trial that dealt with the same substantive issues and contained even more evidence. In fact, my evidence was largely withheld”.

But Heard said Depp’s win came because “his lawyers were better at distracting the jury from the real issues.”

Amber Heard spoke to NBC News' Savannah Guthrie on the US Today show Tuesday, doubling down on her innocence and responding to many of the allegations made about her during her trial of ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Amber Heard spoke to NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie on the US Today show on Tuesday (Wednesday morning AEST) (NBC/Today)

When asked about people watching the trial who might think both stars are to blame, Head said: “I wouldn’t blame the average person for looking at this and how it’s handled and not thinking it’s Hollywood candies.” are at their worst. But what people don’t understand is that it’s actually so much bigger than that. This isn’t just about our First Amendment right to speak.”

She also added her own interpretation of the First Amendment, saying, “It’s a freedom to speak the truth against power, and that’s all I spoke. I spoke it against power and I paid the price.”

When asked about allegations in court that she acted in the stands, Heard hit back, saying, “Does the lawyer for the man who convinced the world say he had scissors for fingers? I’m the artist? I had listened? to insinuate weeks of testimonials or quite directly say that I’m a terrible actress, so I’m a little confused how I could be both”.

Speaking about the alleged abuse in their relationship, Heard said: “I never had to turn it on, I reacted to it. When you live in violence and it becomes normal, as I have testified, you have to adapt”.

Amber Heard spoke to NBC News' Savannah Guthrie on the US Today show on Tuesday, doubling down on her innocence and responding to many of the allegations made about her during her trial of ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Speaking about the alleged abuse in their relationship, Heard said, “I never had to work on it, I reacted to it.” (NBC/Today)

When Guthrie backed off and said Heard talked about starting fights on recorded audio, Heard said, “I know a lot of these audio tapes were made. They were first leaked online after they were edited. What would you put in those clips? hearing is not proof of what happened. It was evidence of a negotiation about how to talk about it with your abuser.”

Guthrie went on to read some of the said transcripts, to which Heard replied, “While I testified about this in the stands, when your life is on the line, don’t just take the blame for things you’re not to blame. but if you’re in a violent dynamic psychologically, emotionally, and physically, you don’t have the resources that, say, you or I have the luxury of saying, ‘Hey, this is black and white. ‘ Because it’s anything but when you’re living in it.”

When Guthrie asked about Depp’s denial that he never hit her, and if that statement was a lie, Heard said, “Yeah, it does.”

At the end of the interview, Heard said, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I’ve always told the truth.”

Amber Heard spoke to NBC News' Savannah Guthrie on the US Today show on Tuesday, doubling down on her innocence and responding to many of the allegations made about her during her trial of ex-husband Johnny Depp.
At the end of the interview, Heard said, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I’ve always told the truth” (NBC/Today)

In a clip released yesterday from the interviewHeard called the extensive social media frenzy that surrounded her case, calling it “unfair”.

On social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, users clung to the case, posting posts ridiculing Heard’s lawyers and her own testimony. Depp, on the other hand, was seen favorably in the eyes of many social media users, with the TikTok hashtag “Justice for Johnny Depp” garnering 20 billion views. The hashtag “Justice for Amber Heard” has received 27 million views.

“I don’t care what people think of 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 explained.

“I don’t assume the average person should know those things. So I don’t take it personally.”

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In a clip released yesterday from the interview, Heard called the extensive social media frenzy that surrounded her case, calling it “unfair”. (Getty)

She continued: “But even someone who knows for sure I deserve all this hate and vitriol, even if you think I’m lying, you still couldn’t look me in the eye and tell me you think on social media there’s a been fair representation. You can’t tell me you think this has been fair.”

A Virginia jury found Heard defamed Depp in 2018 when she wrote a Washington Post op-ed alluding to being a victim of domestic violence.

The jury knew the pirates of the caribbean star $10 million ($14.5 million) in compensatory damages and $US 5 million ($7.3 million) in punitive damages – reduced to $US 350,000 ($509,000), in accordance with the state’s legal limit.

The jury also found that Depp defamed Heard through his attorney and awarded Heard $2 million ($2.9) in damages for her counterclaim.

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