“I’m not a good victim, I understand. I’m not a sympathetic victim, I’m not a perfect victim, but when I testified, I asked the jury to just look at me as a person,” Heard said
Amber Heard admits she’s not a ‘perfect victim’ and feels Johnny Depp has fulfilled the promise of ‘global humiliation’ he made to her. In her first interview since losing the Depp defamation trial, Heard made various comments that didn’t sit well with critics and fans.
During the interview, NBC host Savannah Guthrie Heard asked, “There’s a text message where Johnny promises you total global humiliation. Do you feel like that came true?” The 36-year-old actress replied, “I know he promised, I witnessed it. I’m not a good victim, I understand. I’m not a sympathetic victim, I’m not a perfect victim, but when I testified I asked the jury to just see me as a person and hear his own words, which is a promise to do so. It feels like he did it.”
“I’m afraid that no matter what I do, no matter what I say or how I say it, every step I take will provide another opportunity for that kind of silence. What I think is what a libel lawsuit is supposed to do, it’s supposed to take your vote,” Heard added. “The comment wasn’t about my relationship with Johnny. The comment was about giving my voice to a bigger one borrowed from the cultural conversation we were having at the time,” she said.
“It’s one thing. If you have bruises, if you have injuries, it’s wrong. If you don’t have one, then you’re not hurt,” she continued to defend herself. As Heard began blaming the trial, saying, “So much of the trial was designed to spark diversions about who I am as a person, my credibility to call myself a liar in every possible way,” Guthrie reminded her : “That was the process, it was a credibility competition.”
“I love him. I loved him with all my heart and I tried my best to make a deeply broken relationship work and I couldn’t. I have no bad feelings or ill will toward him at all. I know that. It could be … hard to understand or it could be really easy to understand, if you’ve ever loved someone it should be easy,” Heard concluded. The actress was trolled for the controversial statements she made during the interview, although her Washington Post op-ed found her guilty of defaming Depp.
The verdict of the trial announced on June 1 fell in favor of Depp. The 59-year-old actor was awarded $15 million in damages, while Heard was awarded $2 million because the jury found one of three statements made by Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, to be defamatory of her. The hotly debated lawsuit took place in Fairfax, Virginia and was broadcast live on the Law & Crime Network.