Heard doesn’t blame the public for seeing her and Depp as ‘Hollywood brats’

Heard doesn’t blame the public for seeing her and Depp as ‘Hollywood brats’

Amber Heard said she wouldn’t blame the public for looking at her multi-million libel case against Johnny Depp and thinking “this is the worst of Hollywood brats”.

The 36-year-old actress told NBC Today journalist Savannah Guthrie in her first TV interview since losing the court battle that she had been emotionally affected by the case and that social media played a significant role in the case.

Guthrie suggested that some members of the public were “downright disgusted” by what happened in court during the six weeks of depositions and evidence in Fairfax County, Virginia.

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A US jury found a 2018 article Amber Heard wrote for the Washington Post about her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse to be defamatory (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Heard replied, “Absolutely. I wouldn’t blame the average person for looking at this and how it was covered up and thinking this is the worst of Hollywood brats.

“But what people don’t understand is that it’s actually much bigger than that. It’s not just about our right to speak on the First Amendment.”

But Guthrie intervened: “But here’s the thing – the First Amendment protects free speech. It doesn’t protect lies that amount to defamation, and that was the problem in the case.”

Heard said the “vast majority” of the trial played out on social media and that it became “an example of gone wrong, gone crazy”.

Recalling arriving at the courthouse every day, she said: “Every day I would walk through three, four, sometimes six blocks full of people holding signs saying ‘Burn the witch’ and ‘Death to Amber.’

“After three and a half weeks, I went to court and saw a courtroom packed with Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were vocal, energized.”

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Amber Heard said the US trial was “the most humiliating and horrible thing I’ve ever been through” (Yui Mok/PA)

Heard said it was “the most humiliating and horrible thing I’ve ever been through.”

“I have never felt so far removed from my own humanity. I felt less than human,” she added.

Heard told Guthrie that he kept every word of his testimony “until the day I die.”

When the journalist pressed her about Depp’s claim in court that he never assaulted her, asking, “Is that a lie?” Heard replied, “Yes, it is.”

Heard also used the interview to address his own behavior during their marriage, saying, “I’ve done and said horrible, regretful things throughout my relationship. I behaved horribly, almost unrecognizable to myself. So much regret.

“I spoke freely, openly and voluntarily about what I did. I talked about the horrible language, I talked about being pushed to the point of not even knowing the difference between right and wrong.

“I will always continue to feel like I was a part of it, like I was the other half of this relationship – because I was. And it was ugly and could be very beautiful.”

Heard said their relationship was “very, very toxic”.

She added: “We were horrible to each other. I made a lot of mistakes, a lot of mistakes. I always told the truth.”

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Johnny Depp received $10.35 million (£8.2 million) in damages after high profile trial (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Two weeks ago, the jury found a 2018 article Heard wrote for the Washington Post about his experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse to be defamatory.

Depp has consistently denied during his own trials the “outrageous and bizarre” allegations of abuse and said he “spoke for what I’ve been reluctantly carrying on my back for six years.”

The 59-year-old 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 previously lost a similar judgment in the UK, which he brought against the editor of The Sun newspaper after an article, also written in 2018, referred to him as a “wife beater”.

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

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