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Amber Heard says she doesn’t ‘blame’ the jury for siding with ex-husband Johnny Depp

Amber Heard says she doesn’t ‘blame’ the jury for siding with ex-husband Johnny Depp

Amber Heard speaks out in her first interview since her hit libel trial verdict, revealing she doesn’t ‘blame’ the jury for siding with ex-husband Johnny Depp and calling out the media coverage social around the case.

A preview of Heard’s interview with Savannah Guthrie has been released Monday on NBC’s “TODAY” show.

Speaking on the jury’s verdict, Heard said, “I don’t blame them.”

“I actually get it. He’s a beloved character and people feel like they know him. He’s a fantastic actor,” she said of Depp.

Heard called the social media frenzy surrounding his case “unfair” as numerous posts on TikTok and Twitter appeared to overwhelmingly favor Depp during the six-week trial.

The TikTok hashtag ‘Justice for Amber Heard’ received 27 million views, while Depp’s garnered 20 billion views

“I don’t care what anyone thinks of 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 that the average person should know these things. And so I don’t take it personally,” she said.

“But even someone who is sure that 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 he there was fair representation,” she continued. “You can’t tell me you think it was fair.”

Depp, who was not in court for the verdict due to a previously scheduled work commitment, sued for $50 million in damages over Heard’s 2018 opinion essay in the Washington Post, in which she said she had become a “public figure representing domestic violence.”

Although the essay never mentioned Depp by name, his attorneys said it was indirectly referring to allegations she made against him during their 2016 divorce.

Heard has sued Depp for $100 million, a claim centered on three statements made by Depp’s former lawyer Adam Waldman in 2020 to the Daily Mail, in which he described Heard’s abuse allegations as a “prank”.

For six weeks, a Virginia jury — and the attentive public — learned about Heard and Depp’s private lives and how their marriage became acrimonious.

On June 1, the jury found that Heard defamed Depp and harmed his career with his domestic violence allegations, awarding Depp $15 million in damages. The $5 million in punitive damages was reduced to $350,000, which is the state’s statutory cap or legal limit, bringing his total damages to $10.4 million. .

Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, previously told “TODAY” that Heard intended to appeal and could not pay the $10.4 million judgment in the case.

The exclusive interview will air Tuesday and Wednesday on “TODAY” and in a “Dateline” special Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

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