Amber Heard calls ex-husband Johnny Depp a “fantastic actor” in her first full-length television interview since losing the high-profile defamation lawsuit he brought against her.
Depp is suing Heard for $50m (£40m) for allegedly implying he abused her in 2018 Washington Post op ed. She was pursuing a $100m (£80m) counterclaim.
On June 1, the jury found that Heard had defamed Depp on all three counts. He was awarded $10 million (£8 million) in lost career opportunities compensation and $350,000 (£280,000) in punitive damages.
Heard was awarded $2million (£1.6million) in damages for one of her three counterclaims, leaving her to owe Depp a total of $8.35million (£6.7million).
During the upcoming interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie scheduled for June 9, pursuant to a meeting report, Heard said she did not hold the jury responsible for the verdict.
“There’s no polite way to say it,” Guthrie told Heard. “The jury looked at the evidence you presented, they listened to your testimony and they didn’t believe you. They thought you were lying.”
Heard began, “How could they make a judgment, how could they not come to that conclusion?
“They had been sitting in those seats and listening to uninterrupted testimonies from paid employees and randos towards the end of the trials for over three weeks.”
Guthrie quickly chimed in to clarify, “So you don’t blame the jury?”
“I don’t blame them. I actually understand. He’s a popular character and people feel like they know him. He’s a fantastic actor,” Heard replied.
Guthrie challenged: “Your job is not to let that blind you. Your job is to look at the facts and the evidence, and they didn’t believe your testimony or your evidence.”
Heard replied: “Again, how could they? After listening to testimonies for three and a half weeks about how I was an incredible person not to believe a word that came out of my mouth.”
The interview was reportedly filmed under tight security and shrouded in secrecy. meeting also reported that the interview was not filmed at the usual location or at NBC’s 30 Rock headquarters to ensure privacy.
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The special is scheduled to air Tuesday (June 14) and Wednesday (June 15) on NBC’s TODAY before the full interview is released on Friday (June 17). Dateline NBC at 8pm ET / 7pm CT.