In her first interview since the verdict, Amber Heard describes "vitriol" on social media, how she was depicted as a "non-credible person" and that she understands why the jury believed Johnny Depp, saying he is "a beloved character" who people "feel they know" and "a fantastic actor."
Amber Heard has given her first interview since Johnny Depp’s win in their high-profile libel trial, speaking with journalist Savannah Guthrie from NBC News. The interview will be aired in two parts on Tuesday and Wednesday, and in an hour long showing on Friday. A preview clip released from the “wide-ranging sit-down” shows Amber Heard discussing the verdict, social media’s impact and why she doesn’t blame the jury.
Heard spoke about the “hate and vitriol” that has been targeted at her on social media saying there has been an unfair representation.
“I don’t care what one thinks about me or what judgements you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home and my marriage behind closed doors,” she said. “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 am 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.”
Speaking of the jury’s decision, Amber Heard says, “how could they make a judgment? How could they not come to that conclusion? They had sat in those seats and heard over three weeks of non-stop, relentless testimony from paid employees and towards the end of the trial, randos, as I say.”
She says she understands why the jury made their decision, saying “I don’t blame them. I actually understand. He’s a beloved character and people feel they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.”
“Again, how could they? 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.”
As the preview clip to the interview was released, a spokesperson for the actress told Sky News: “Johnny Depp’s legal team blanketed the media for days after the verdict with numerous statements and interviews on television, and Depp himself did the same on social media.”
“Ms Heard simply intended to respond to what they aggressively did last week; she did so by expressing her thoughts and feelings, much of which she was not allowed to do on the witness stand.”
Photography via NBC News.