Amber Heard says she doesn’t ‘blame’ the Jury because Johnny is a beloved character
Amber Heard gives her first interview since she lost the defamation case against Johnny Depp.
Amber Heard is stepping out and speaking up about her response to the judgment in her first sit-down since the trial began, following her failed legal battle against ex-husband Johnny Depp. Depp sued Heard over an op-ed she penned in The Washington Post in 2018 claiming physical and sexual abuse against Depp.
Following the conviction, the Virginia jury last month unanimously agreed with Depp in the case, awarding him USD 15 million. While Heard did not walk away from the court empty-handed because she was also entitled to USD 2 million as a result of her counter-claim, her public image was severely harmed. During an appearance on the Today Show, Heard stated that she did not “blame them,” referring to the jury. She went on to remark, “I actually understand. He’s a beloved character and people feel they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.”
However, she spoke about the criticism she faced when #JusticeForJohnny continually trended on the internet during the trial. “I don’t care what one thinks about 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 presume the average person should know those things. And so I don’t take it personally.”
She added, “But even somebody who is sure I’m deserving of all this hate and vitriol, even if you think that I’m lying, you still couldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that you think on social media there’s been a fair representation. You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair.”
In terms of any additional legal action, Heard’s lawyer stated in multiple interviews that she intends to file an appeal. Depp’s lawyer, on the other hand, considered the prospect of the actor waiving the awarded compensation.