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Amber Heard says she lost defamation trial because Johnny Depp is a ‘fantastic actor’ whom ‘people feel they know’

Actor breaks silence to detail the ‘hate and vitriol’ she has faced


Amber Heard spoke to NBC about verdict

Amber Heard spoke to NBC about verdict

Amber Heard spoke to NBC about verdict

Amber Heard has suggested she lost her high-profile defamation battle against Johnny Depp because her ex-husband is a “fantastic actor” whom “people feel they know”.

The 36-year-old broke her silence on the trial to detail the “hate and vitriol” she received online in an interview with the Today programme on NBC News.

“You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair,” she said.

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

She was pushed on the verdict by Savannah Guthrie, the NBC interviewer, who told the actress: “Their job is to not be dazzled by that. Their job is to look at the facts and evidence and they did not believe your testimony or your evidence.”

Heard added: “Again, how could they after listening to three-and-a-half weeks of testimony about how I was a non-credible person, how not to believe a word that came out of my mouth?”

Speaking about the messages she has received online, she said: “I don’t care what one thinks about me or what judgments you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home.

“I don’t presume the average person should know those things. And so I don’t take it personally. 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.”

A jury in Virginia concluded that a 2018 article Heard wrote for The Washington Post about her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse was defamatory and awarded $10.35m (€9.9m) in damages to Depp.

Heard won on one count of her countersuit, successfully arguing that Depp’s press agent defamed her by claiming her allegations were “an abuse hoax” aimed at capitalising on the MeToo movement. The jury awarded her $2m (€1.9m) in damages.

Depp previously lost a similar trial in the UK against the publisher of The Sun newspaper after an article in 2018 referred to him as a “wife-beater”. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd 2022)

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