CALIFORNIA (June 14, 2022)—Amber Heard believes that Johnny Depp’s lengthy and celebrated career earned him fans in the courtroom too.
After a Fairfax, Virginia, jury ruled earlier this month that the “Aquaman” star defamed her ex-husband by writing in an op-ed that she was “a public figure representing domestic abuse,” Heard says in a new interview that she understands why they sided with him.
“I don’t blame them,” Heard said in a preview of a “Today” show interview with Savannah Guthrie set to air Tuesday and Wednesday on the morning show and on “Dateline” Friday. “I actually understand. He’s a beloved character and people feel they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.”
The contentious six-week trial played out not just in the courtroom but on social media, where TikTok was overtaken by memes about domestic violence. Jurors were not sequestered, but were told not to go online or read coverage of the trial.
“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.”
Finding “clear and convincing evidence” that Heard defamed Depp, despite her never naming him in the 2018 Washington Post op-ed — and a 2020 ruling in England that The Sun was not libelous in calling Depp a “wife beater” — the jury awarded Depp $15 million in combined compensatory and punitive damages, which was lowered by the judge to just over $10 million.
While Heard’s and Depp’s lawyers have been blanketing the morning shows since the trial ended, this marks Heard’s first interview about the ruling. Depp, meanwhile, who turned 59 last week, has announced a new album with long-time collaborator Jeff Beck, set to be released next month.
Source: AP News and AL News contributed to the article.