Amber Heard has opened up about the online “hate and vitriol” she was subjected to during her court battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp. In her first interview since the verdict was delivered, she claimed the online abuse meant there was no “fair representation” of the case on social media.
The Fairfax, Virginia jury awarded Depp $10.35m (£8.2m) in damages after finding Heard defamed him on the central issue of domestic violence. Heard said she would appeal. She won one of her counterclaims against him, awarding him $2m (£1.5m) in damages.
In a teaser for the interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, which will air in full at a later date, Heard said, “I don’t care what anyone thinks of me or what judgments you want to make about what’s 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 so 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 on social media there’s had a fair performance.’
Heard also said she didn’t blame the jury for believing her ex-husband: “How could they pass judgment, how could they not come to that conclusion?” They had sat in those seats and heard for three weeks of relentless, relentless testimony from paid employees and, towards the end of the trial, randos as I say.
‘[H]How could they, after listening to three and a half weeks of testimonies on the fact that I was an unbelievable person, how not to believe a word that came out of my mouth?
Neither Depp nor his reps have yet commented on Heard’s interview with NBC.
Depp has yet to give a public interview after the trial, but her attorney Camille Vasquez spoke to People magazine to refute rumors that she was romantically involved with her client, calling the allegations ‘sexist’ .