Amber Heard has claimed that Pirates of the Caribbean Fans outside the courthouse made her feel “distant from humanity” during her defamation trial of ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Trials were televised live throughout the six-week legal battle, with the trial also attracting crowds of personal admirers, many of whom stood outside the courthouse to express their support for Depp.
Depp had sued Heard for $50 million (£39.8 million) over a Washington Post comment entitled, “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture.” That needs to change.”
The article didn’t mention Depp by name, but the Pirate star’s lawyers argued that it falsely implied that he physically and sexually abused Heard during their relationship.
Heard countered at $100m (£80.9m), accused Depp of organizing a “defamation campaign” against her and described his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.
During a recent interview on NBC’s Today, Heard reflected on the process and the treatment she received from Depp fans.
“Every day I would pass three, four, sometimes six blocks full of people holding signs that read ‘Burn the Witch,’ ‘Death Amber,'” she recalled. “After three and a half weeks, I took the stand and saw a courtroom full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were vocal and energetic…
“It was the most humiliating and terrifying thing I’ve ever experienced,” she continued. “I’ve never felt so removed from my own humanity. I felt less than human.”
On Wednesday, June 1, the jury announced its verdicts, finding that Heard had defamed Depp on all three counts.
The jury found Heard defamed Depp on all three counts and awarded him $10m (£8m) in compensatory damages and $5m (£4m) in punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2m (£1.6m) in damages but no punitive damages.
In the same interview, Heard responded to Depp’s attorney’s claim that she “acted” in court and that her testimony was the “achievement of her life.”
In her answer, she alluded to the Tim Burton film Edward with the scissor handsin which Depp famously starred.
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