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Amber Heard calls Johnny Depp ‘fantastic actor’ after trial

Amber Heard harbors no resentment for the jury that ruled in favor of Johnny Depp in the former spouse’s defamation trial. But she also doesn’t think it was a fair fight.

In a Monday preview of her first television interview since the end of the trial earlier this month, the Aquaman actress told NBC’s Today show that she “doesn’t give a shit what people think of me or what your judgments are about what happened in the privacy of my own home in my marriage behind closed doors.”

“I don’t think the average person should know these things, so I don’t take it personally,” she continued.

“But even someone who is sure I deserve all this hate and nastiness – even if you think I’m lying – you still can’t look me in the eye and tell me what you think, on social media.” there has been fair representation. You can’t tell me you think that’s fair.”

At the bitter end of their tumultuous libel trial, the Fairfax, Virginia jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages and Heard $2 million in damages. However, Judge Penney Azcarate reduced Depp’s total to approximately $10.4 million, under Virginia’s legal ceiling.

Throughout the court case, which was broadcast live on CourtTV and elsewhere, Depp superfans flooded social media with pro-Depp and anti-Heard hashtags and sentiment. Supporters of Heard have also been vocal online, but were largely drowned out by Depp’s supporters, some of whom even cheered for him in person outside the courthouse.

“How could [the jury] Didn’t you come to that conclusion?” Heard asked Today host Savannah Guthrie.

“They had sat in these seats and listened to non-stop, relentless testimonies from paid employees and – towards the end of the trial – randos, as I said, for over three weeks.”

Among the witnesses who testified in the final stages of the trial was model Kate Moss, who debunked a long-standing rumor that her ex-boyfriend Depp once pushed her down a flight of stairs. Moss’ testimony was a great loss to Heard, who verified Moss by name while invoking the staircase myth early in the trial.

“I don’t blame myself [the jury]’ Heard said to Guthrie. “I actually understand. [Depp is] a beloved character and people feel like they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.”

When Guthrie pushed back, pointing out that it was the jury’s job not to be blinded by Depp’s celebrity, Heard doubled down.

“Again, after listening to testimonies for three and a half weeks that I was an incredible person, how could you believe a word that came out of my mouth?” she claimed.

During their libel trial — which was largely based on a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post that identified Heard as “a public figure who advocates domestic violence” — Depp and Heard exchanged disturbing allegations of domestic violence.

After the verdict was read, Heard warned of a return to “a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke up could be publicly shamed and humiliated,” while a “humiliated” dork of the jury did so thanked her for giving him his “life back”.

Heard’s interview with Guthrie will air in full Friday on NBC’s Dateline.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-06-13/amber-heard-interview-johnny-depp-defamation-trial Amber Heard calls Johnny Depp ‘fantastic actor’ after trial

Sarah Ridley

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