Los Angeles | Amber Heard on Monday denounced “the hatred and malice” she targeted during her recent trial of Johnny Depp on social media, but assured she did not blame the jury that ruled in her ex-husband’s favour.
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After six weeks of debate, the seven jurors at the Fairfax court in the United States concluded June 1 that the ex-spouses had defamed each other through the press. But they’ve awarded the Pirates of the Caribbean star more than $10 million, versus just $2 million for Aquaman’s.
The high-profile trial, which was broadcast live on TV, exposed the two Hollywood stars’ lackluster personal lives and sparked a spate of abusive messages directed at the 36-year-old actress on social media.
“I think normal people don’t know about ‘this slander campaign,’ and I don’t take it personally,” she said in an interview on NBC, her first since the trial.
“But even someone who is sure that I deserve that hate and sting, even if they think I’m lying, can’t look me in the eye and tell me they think social media treatment is fair.” , added her.
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Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation, who in a 2018 column published by The Washington Post described herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence” without naming her ex-husband.
He is seeking $50 million in damages, saying the platform destroyed his career and reputation. Amber Heard countered and asked for the double.
According to her lawyer Elaine Bredehoft, the actress will appeal the verdict.
In excerpts from the interview, which will air in full on Friday, Amber Heard claims she did not “personally” make the judges’ decision.
“How could they come to a decision, how could they not come to that conclusion?” she wondered.
“They sat and listened for three weeks to relentless testimonies from employees (from Johnny Depp) and towards the end from random people,” she said.
“I don’t blame them, actually I get that he’s a beloved character that people think they know, he’s an amazing actor,” said Amber Heard.
When the journalist suggested to her that the jury should disregard these elements, she replied, “After three weeks of hearing that I was not credible, how could you believe a word that came out of my mouth?”