Amber Heard has said she will not blame the public for seeing her multimillion-dollar defamation case against Johnny Depp thinking “this is Hollywood’s worst case”.
The 36-year-old actress told NBC Today journalist Savannah Guthrie in her first TV interview since losing the court battle that she was emotionally affected by the case and that social media had played a key role in the case.
Guthrie suggested that some members of the public were “clearly disgusted” by what happened in court during six weeks of testimony and evidence in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Hurd replied: “Absolutely. I wouldn’t blame the average person for not seeing this and how it’s covered up and thinking it’s Hollywood’s worst.
“But what people don’t understand is much bigger than it really is. It’s not just about our First Amendment right to speak.”
But Guthrie interjected: “But here’s the thing—the First Amendment protects free speech. It doesn’t protect lying equals defamation, and that was the point in this case.”
Hurd said the “vast majority” of the trial had gone on social media and had become “an example of what had gone bad, gone amok”.
Recalling arriving at the courthouse each day, she said: “Every single day I walked through three, four, sometimes six city blocks with people saying ‘Burn the Witch’ and ‘Death to Amber’ were standing in line.
“After three and a half weeks I took the stand and saw a courtroom full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were outspoken, energetic.”
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Hurd said it was “the most humiliating and terrifying thing I’ve ever done”.
“I have never felt more distant from my humanity. I have felt less than human,” she said.
Hurd told Guthrie that he stood by every word of his testimony “until the day I die.”
When the journalist pressed her in court about Depp’s claim that he never killed her, asking: “Is this a lie?”, Heard replied: “Yes, it is.”
Heard used the interview to address his own behavior during the marriage, saying: “I’ve done and said terrible, regrettable things throughout my relationship. I behaved in horrible ways, almost unrecognizable to myself. So much. regret.
“I have spoken openly, openly and willingly about what I did. I talked about terrible language, I talked about being pushed to the point where I didn’t even know the difference between right and wrong.
“I will always feel like I was a part of it, like I was the other half of this relationship — because I was. And she was ugly and could very well be beautiful.”
Hurd said their relationship was “very, very toxic”.
She said: “We were terrible for each other. I made a lot of mistakes, made a lot of mistakes. I’ve always told the truth.”
Two weeks ago, the jury found a 2018 article that Heard wrote for the Washington Post for being outrageous about her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse.
Depp consistently denied the “outrageous, bizarre” claims of abuse during his own testimony, saying he had “reluctantly spoken out for what he had on his back for six years”.
The 59-year-old was awarded US$10.35 million (£8.2 million) in damages.
Heard won on one count of his countersuit, successfully arguing that Depp’s press agent defamed him by claiming the allegations were “a misdemeanor hoax” aimed at capitalizing on the #MeToo movement. was.
The jury awarded him two million dollars (£1.5 million) in damages.
As discussions began, Depp appeared on stage with veteran rock guitarist Jeff Beck, 77, during their UK tour, and the pair also recently announced a collaborative album.
Depp had previously lost a similar lawsuit in the UK, which he brought against the publisher of The Sun newspaper after an article, also written in 2018, referred to her as a “wife-beater”. was.
— The Amber Heard interview airs on the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of the NBC News Today program, with more airing during a special Dateline show on Friday.