UNITED STATES – Almost two weeks after the outcome of the trial which pitted her against Johnny Depp, Amber Heard returned during an interview granted to the American channel NBC, this Monday, June 13, on “hate and vitriol ” which she was the target of on social networks. The actress, however, assures that she does not blame the jury who agreed with her ex-husband.
At the end of six weeks of debates, the seven jurors of the court of Fairfax, in the United States, concluded on June 1 that the ex-spouses had defamed each other through the press. But they awarded the star more than $10 million. Pirates of the Caribbeanagainst only 2 million for that ofAquaman.
Unleashing insulting messages on social networks
The highly publicized trial, broadcast live on television, exposed the lackluster private lives of the two Hollywood celebrities, sparking a rash of insulting messages towards the 36-year-old actress on social media.
“I guess normal people don’t know about ‘this slur campaign’ and I don’t take it personally,” she said in her first interview since the trial. “But even someone who is certain that I deserve this hate and vitriol, even if he thinks I’m lying, he can’t look me in the eye and tell me he thinks the treatment was fair on the social media,” she added.
Johnny Depp was suing his ex-wife for defamation, who had described herself in a column published by the washington post in 2018 as “a public figure representing domestic violence”, without naming her ex-husband.
He was seeking $50 million in damages, saying the platform had destroyed his career and reputation. Amber Heard had counter-attacked and asked for the double. According to her lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, the actress will appeal the judgment.
In excerpts from the interview, which will be broadcast in full on Friday, Amber Heard claims not to have made the decision of the jurors “personally”. “How could they have come to a decision, how could they not have come to this conclusion?” she wondered.
Johnny Depp “is a beloved character”
“They sat and for three weeks heard incessant testimonies from people employed [par Johnny Depp], and towards the end, random people,” she said. Assuring she didn’t blame them, she said “understanding that he’s a beloved character, that people think they know, he’s a fantastic actor”.
When the reporter facing her suggested that the jurors shouldn’t take these things into account, she replied: “How could they, after hearing for three weeks that I was not credible, believe a word that came out out of my mouth?”
Shortly after the verdict was announced on June 1, Amber Heard said she was “devastated that the mountain of evidence was not enough to deal with power, influence and ascendancy. much more important than [son] ex-husband”. For the actress, it was “a setback” for women victims of domestic violence.
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