Amber Heard to sit down for first TV interview since loss of US defamation case

Amber Heard to sit down for first TV interview since loss of US defamation case

Amber Heard will sit down for her first television interview since losing a multimillion-dollar libel suit brought by her ex-partner Johnny Depp.

The 36-year-old actress says she doesn’t blame the jury for the outcome of the high-profile case, which concluded two weeks ago, but will discuss the “hatred and vitriol” she received online during the proceedings.

The full interview with NBC Today journalist Savannah Guthrie airs Tuesday at 12pm UK time on Today and Friday on Dateline.

Ahead of the broadcast, a spokesperson for the Aquaman star said: “Johnny Depp’s legal team covered the media for days after the verdict with numerous statements and television interviews, and Depp himself did the same on social media.

“Mrs. Heard simply intended to respond to what they aggressively did last week; she did this by expressing her thoughts and feelings, many of which she was not allowed to do on the witness stand.”

In the preview of the interview, Heard said of the jury: “I don’t blame them. I really understand. He’s a beloved character and people feel like they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.”

Guthrie of NBC Today responded by saying, “Their job is not to be dazzled by it. Their job is to examine the facts and the evidence and they didn’t believe your testimony or your evidence.”

Depp heard judgment

A US jury found a 2018 article Heard wrote for the Washington Post about his experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse to be defamatory (Evelyn Hockstein/AP)

Heard added: “Again, how could they, after hearing three and a half weeks of testimonies about how I was not a trustworthy person, how could they not believe a word that came out of my mouth?”

Speaking about the messages she received online, she said: “I don’t care what people think 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.

“I don’t assume the average person should know these things. And that’s why I don’t take it personally.

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

“You can’t tell me you think that was fair.”

After six weeks of evidence in a courtroom in Fairfax County, Virginia, a jury found a 2018 article Heard wrote for the Washington Post about his experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse to be defamatory.

Johnny Depp in the UK

Depp received $10.35 million (£8.2 million) in damages following the high-profile trial (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Depp was awarded $10.35 million (£8.2 million) in damages.

Heard won in an indictment of her counter-suit, successfully arguing that Depp’s publicist defamed her by claiming her allegations were “a hoax of abuse” designed to capitalize on the #MeToo movement.

The jury awarded him two million dollars (£1.5 million) in damages.

As deliberations began, Depp appeared on stage with veteran rock guitarist Jeff Beck, 77, during their UK tour and the duo also recently announced a collaborative album.

Depp had previously lost a similar judgment in the UK that he brought against the editor of The Sun newspaper after an article, also written in 2018, referred to him as a “wife beater”.

Deadline reported that the interview with Heard was filmed on Thursday, June 9, in New York under tight security and secrecy.

Heard’s interview airs first on the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of NBC News’ Today show, with more of the session airing on Friday during a special Dateline show.

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