Amber Heard has admitted that she ‘absolutely still loves’ her ex-husband Johnny Depp, despite once again speaking out to accuse him of physical abuse during their relationship – insisting that her lack of visible injuries does not mean that her claims were ‘fake’ or a ‘hoax’.
The 36-year-old actress once again spoke out about the abuse she claims she suffered at the hands of her former spouse during a wide-ranging Today show interview with Savannah Guthrie – just days after she was found guilty of defaming Depp, 59, in a Washington Post op-ed in which she stated she was a survivor of ‘domestic abuse’.
In the third installment of the interview – which will air in full on NBC’s Dateline on Friday – Heard also hit back at several moments during the trial when she was called out for ‘lying’, including claims that she ‘faked’ bruising on her face and allegations that she tipped off TMZ as to when she was planning to visit a courthouse in order to file a restraining order against her ex-husband.
She went on to hit back at the furious criticism she faced after it was revealed that she had not honored the $3.5 million donation to the ACLU that she insisted she had handed over from her $7 million divorce settlement, claiming that she had only ever meant to make that ‘pledge over time’.
Heard also addressed her plans for the future, revealing that she now plans to be a ‘full-time mom’ to her one-year-old daughter Oonagh Paige – hours after her team was force to deny rumors that the actress has been cut from her $2 million role in the Aquaman sequel.
The final installment of the three-part interview aired one day after Heard publicly accused Depp of physical abuse again on Tuesday morning, insisting that she will ‘stand by every word of her testimony… until the day she dies’, less than two weeks after she was found guilty of defaming the actor by claiming that he sexually assaulted her during their marriage.
When asked by Guthrie, 50, whether she stands by a previous statement that she ‘still loves’ her ex-husband, Heard responded: ‘Yes. Absolutely. Absolutely. I love him. I loved him with all my heart and I tried the best I could to make a deeply broken relationship work. And I couldn’t. I have no bad feelings or ill will towards him at all. I know that might be hard to understand or it might be really easy to understand if you’ve ever loved anyone.’
Amber Heard has admitted that she ‘absolutely still loves’ her ex-husband Johnny Depp, despite once again insisting that he did beat her during their relationship – days after she was found guilty of defaming him in the former couple’s $8 million trial
When asked whether she still ‘loves’ her ex-husband, the 36-year-old actress (seen with Depp, 59, in 2015) replied: ‘Yes. Yes. Absolutely, absolutely I love him… I have no bad feelings or ill will towards him at all’
She also hit back at the furious criticism she faced after it was revealed that she had not honored the $3.5 million donation to the ACLU that she insisted she had handed over from her $7 million divorce settlement
However despite the actress admitting that she ‘still loves’ her former spouse, she once again doubled down on her allegations that he physically abused her throughout their relationship, hitting back at claims that she ‘faked’ bruising in order to incriminate him – insisting that she would have been accused of lying whether or not she had visible injuries.
‘Again it is that thing: if you have bruising, if you have injuries, it is fake. If you don’t have any, [then] you weren’t injured,’ she said of claims made by Depp’s legal team that she faked bruises on her face and that she was seen multiple times in public in the hours and days after alleged instances of abuse without any visible injuries.
When grilled by Guthrie about the $3.5 million donation she said she had made to the ACLU from her $7 million divorce settlement from Depp, Heard insisted that she still plans to ‘honor’ that payment, but that she had never intended to make it seem as though it had already been made, despite her stating to the British high court during a previous court case that she ‘had donated’ the money.
Heard said that she now plans to focus on being a ‘full time mom’ to her one-year-old daughter Oonagh Paige, who she welcomed via surrogate in April 2021
‘I made a pledge and that pledge is made over time by its nature,’ she said, before faltering slightly when asked if she thought the jury felt she had been caught out in a lie.
‘I don’t know… I feel like so much of the trial was meant to cast dispersions on who I am as a person, my credibility, to call me a liar in every way you can.’
She also sensationally claimed that – despite testifying in her UK trial that she had donated the money before being forced to reveal that was not in fact the case – that false narrative shouldn’t have impacted her testimony on the stand, or the jury’s opinion of her.
‘This is another one of the examples where if you pull back and you think about it, I shouldn’t have to have donated it in an effort to be believed. I shouldn’t have had to earmark the entirety of it,’ she said.
Heard went on to insist that the op-ed she penned about surviving domestic abuse was never meant to ‘cancel’ him or destroy his career.
‘The op-ed wasn’t about my relationship with Johnny,’ she claimed, insisting that her decision to publish the piece was only ever intended to provide support to others involved in the #MeToo movement. ‘You know what, the op-ed was about me loaning my voice to a bigger cultural conversation that we were having at the time.
‘Of course [I didn’t want for Johnny to be canceled]. It wasn’t about him.’
She added that she’d had a ‘team of lawyers’ look over the op-ed, which did not mention Depp by name, before it was published in order to ensure that she couldn’t be accused of ‘defaming’ her former spouse, saying: ‘I obviously knew it was important for me not to make it about him.’
Heard also addressed concerns that she could be sued by Depp once again for repeating her abuse claims on TV – despite being found guilty of defamation – admitting that she feels as though the couple’s court case was intended to ‘silence her’, but insisting she will continue to ‘stand by’ her testimony and her ‘truth’.
‘I’m scared that no matter what I do, no matter what I say or how I say it, every step that I take will present another opportunity for this sort of silencing,’ she said. ‘Which is what I guess a defamation lawsuit is meant to do. It’s meant to take your voice.
‘I think no matter what, [my story] will mean something. I did the right thing. I did everything I could to stand up for myself and the truth.’
She continued: ‘I took for granted what I assumed was my right to speak.’
In Tuesday’s broadcast, Heard branded her former spouse a ‘liar’ and repeated her claims that he beat her during their marriage while speaking out about the ‘unfair’ verdict in the former couple’s $8 million defamation trial during an interview with the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie.
Heard also accused the jurors in the trial of being duped by her ex-husband, branding him as nothing more than a ‘fantastic actor’ who ‘convinced the world he had scissors for fingers’, in a bizarre reference to his performance as Edward Scissorhands in Tim Burton’s 1990 movie.
She quickly clapped back at Guthrie, 50, when asked what she thought about allegations made by Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez – who shot to online fame after her ferocious cross-examination of Heard on the stand – that she had been ‘performing’ on the stand and that she had lied about the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of the actor.
On Tuesday, Heard publicly accused Depp of physical abuse again – days after she was found guilty of defaming him in an $8 million trial about an op-ed she published in the Washington Post in which she said she was a survivor of sexual assault
The actress also spoke out about the verdict in the former couple’s $8 million defamation trial, which she blasted as ‘unfair’, while accusing the jury of being swayed by biased ‘social media representation’
‘Says the lawyer for the man who convinced the world he had scissors for fingers,’ Heard hit back. ‘I’m the performer? I had listened to weeks of testimony insinuating, or saying quite directly, that I’m a terrible actress. So I’m a bit confused how I could be both.’
Earlier this month, a jury ruled that Heard defamed her ex-husband by publishing a piece about being a sexual assault survivor in the Washington Post. She was ordered to pay Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, although the second payment was reduced to $350,000 per Virginia law by the judge. She was awarded a relatively paltry $2 million in compensatory damages, meaning that Depp, 59, walked away from the case with Heard owing him $8.35 million.
But despite a jury ruling overwhelmingly in her ex-husband’s favor, finding Heard guilty on three counts of defamation against him, the actress refused to walk back her claims of abuse against him – instead doubling down on her allegations that he was physically violent towards her and accusing him of ‘lying’ on the stand when he said that he ‘never hit her’.
‘He said he never hit you. Is that a lie?’ Guthrie questioned, to which Heard responded bluntly: ‘Yes it is.’
She added: ‘To my dying day, I will stand by every word of my testimony.’
Heard also accused Depp’s lawyers, Vasquez and her associate Benjamin Chew, of trying to ‘distract the jury from the real issues’ during the trial, conceding that they had ‘done a better job of that’ than her own legal team.
Her renewed public allegations of abuse against her former spouse will no doubt raise questions as to whether Depp would have a case to sue her for defamation again – and could well put a spanner in the works as far as Heard’s plans to appeal the verdict in the ex-couple’s previous defamation trial.
Heard also suggested that the trial had called into question her First Amendment right to free speech, claiming that she had ‘spoken her truth and spoken it to power’ only to have ended up ‘paying the price’ for that.
When grilled by Guthrie about audio clips that were played during the six-week trial in which the actress could be heard admitting to being physically abusive towards Depp, Heard insisted that she only ever ‘responded to [physical violence]’ but that she ‘never instigated it’.
Heard made a bizarre reference to Depp’s performance in Tim Burton’s 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands (pictured), questioning how his lawyer Camille Vasquez could say she had been ‘performing on the stand’ while defending a ‘man who convinced the world he had scissors for fingers’
‘I never had to instigate it, I responded to it,’ she claimed. ‘When you’re living in violence and it becomes normal – as I testified to – you have to adapt.’
Heard added that, while she ‘has so much regret’ over the ‘horrible’ and ‘ugly’ things she did and said to Depp, she was only acting as a ‘person in extreme emotional, psychological, and physical distress’ who felt that their ‘life was at risk’.
‘I know much has been made of these audio tapes,’ she said. ‘They were first leaked online after being edited. What you would hear in these clips [was] not evidence of what was happening, it was evidence of a negotiation, of how to talk about that with your abuser.’
She continued: ‘As I testified on the stand about it. When your life is at risk, not only will you take the blame for things that you shouldn’t take the blame for, but when you are in an abusive dynamic – psychologically, emotionally, and physically – you don’t have the resources or the luxury of saying, “Hey this is black and white.”
‘Because it is anything but when you are living in it.’
Heard also took aim at the witnesses who testified on Depp’s behalf during the trial, branding them ‘paid employees and randos’ and accusing them of ‘filing rank’ and ‘supporting the person they depend on’.
While insisting that she never ‘instigated’ any violence in her relationship, Heard did admit to behaving in ‘horrible, almost unrecognizable to herself ways’, telling Guthrie that she ‘was pushed to the extent where she didn’t know the difference between right and wrong’.
‘I did do and say horrible, regrettable things throughout my relationship,’ she confessed. ‘I behaved in horrible, almost unrecognizable to myself ways. I have so much regret. I freely and hopefully and voluntarily talked about what I did. I talked about the horrible language. I talked about being pushed to the extent where I didn’t even know the difference between right and wrong.
‘I will always continue to feel like I was a part of this. Like I was the other half of this relationship, because I was.’
Interesting, Heard went on to describe her marriage to and relationship with Depp as both ‘ugly’ and ‘beautiful’, saying: ‘It was ugly. And could be very beautiful. It was very, very toxic. We made a lot of mistakes. But I’ve always told the truth.’
The interview – which was pre-recorded last week – is being aired in three parts on the Today show this week, with the first clip broadcast on Monday; the sit-down will air in full on NBC’s Dateline on Friday night at 8PM.
During the first part of the sit-down with Guthrie – who last week interviewed Depp’s legal team on the show and whose husband Michael Feldman actually consulted for them during the trial – Heard also insisted that the jury’s decision was influenced by what she called ‘unfair social media representation’ and by her husband calling on ‘paid employees and randos’ to testify on his behalf.
Heard appeared to take aim at 37-year-old Vasquez (seen right earlier this month) for defending Depp (seen left on June 3)
When asked whether Depp had ‘lied’ when he said on the stand that he had ‘never hit her’, Heard insisted that he had, while hitting out at the actor’s lawyer Vasquez (pictured together in court) for accusing her of ‘performing’ on the stand
‘I’ll put it this way, how could they make a judgment, how could they not come to that conclusion [that I couldn’t be believed]?’ she said. ‘They had said in those seats and heard over three weeks of nonstop, relentless testimony from paid employees and towards the end of the trial, randos, as I say.
‘I don’t blame them, I don’t blame them, I actually understand, he’s a beloved character and people feel that they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.
‘Again, how could they after listening to three and a half weeks of testimony about how I was an uncredible person and not to believe a word that came out of my mouth.’
During the marathon six-week trial in Fairfax, Virginia, which started on April 11 and concluded on June 1, Depp called 38 witnesses while Heard’s team called 24.
Both Depp and Heard gave evidence for four days each, including a forensic cross examination from the opposition lawyers – then both returned to the witness stand to testify a second time.
The jury saw dozens of texts, photos, videos, medical records and even pages from the former couple’s ‘Love Journal’ they hand wrote to each other.
The libel case was so complicated that the verdict sheet had 42 questions the jury had to answer before delivering the verdict: 24 questions for Depp’s claims and 18 for Heard’s counterclaim.
The court heard clips of recordings that Depp and Heard made during their arguments, some of their most intimate moments that were played back for the world years later in the most public setting imaginable.
Throughout the trial, social media was flooded with posts about the legal proceedings – with the majority being shared in support of Depp under the hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp. As of June 13, the hashtag had more than 20.6 billion views on TikTok, while the #JusticeForAmberHeard tag had a relatively low 92.4 million views.
The interview marks the first time that Heard has publicly addressed the verdict – which she previously blasted as a ‘setback for other women’ in a statement published minutes after the ruling was read out in court
Heard, who says she was subjected to ‘hate and vitriol’ online throughout the trial and in the wake of the verdict, doubled down on claims previously made by her lawyer that the trial was biased by social media campaigns, with the Aquaman actress branding the final verdict ‘unfair’.
‘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 that you think on social media there’s been a fair representation,’ she said. ‘You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair.’
But despite insisting that social media played a key role in the outcome of the trial, Heard, whose interview will air in full on NBC’s Dateline this Friday at 8pm after being teased out on the Today show on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, claimed that she isn’t taking any negative public opinions about her ‘personally’, insisting that she ‘doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her’.
‘I don’t care what anyone 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,’ she told Guthrie. ‘I don’t presume the average person should know those things so I don’t take it personally.’
The interview marks the first time that Heard has publicly addressed the verdict – which she previously blasted as a ‘setback for other women’ in a statement published minutes after the ruling was read out in court.
‘The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband,’ Heard said in a statement shared just minutes after the verdict was read out in court, where she was present for the judgement, while Depp was said
‘I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.’
The day after the ruling was handed down, Heard’s lawyer Elaine Charlson Bredhoft revealed that her client was planning to appeal the verdict, insisting that she had ‘excellent grounds’ to do so, while claiming that the actress is unable to pay the $8.35 million in damages that she owes Depp.
During an appearance on the Today show, Bredhoft was asked if the Aquaman actress would be able to pay the damages she owes Depp after a jury vindicated his claims that she lied by accusing him of abuse during their marriage, to which she replied: ‘No, absolutely not.’
Last week, Depp’s lawyers Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew sat down with Guthrie, 50, to discuss the trial – and they slammed any suggestion that social media played a part in the jury’s verdict as ‘utterly false’
The lawyer also echoed her client’s thoughts on the verdict, blasting it as a ‘significant setback’ for women.
‘It’s a horrible message. It’s a setback, a significant setback because that’s exactly what it means,’ Bredhoft said of the verdict.
‘Unless you pull out your phone and you video your spouse or your significant other beating you, effectively, you won’t be believed.’
Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft has suggested that her client will appeal the verdict, saying she has ‘excellent grounds’ to do so
She also suggested that the jury in the case had been swayed by public opinion – including social media posts that were shared in support of Depp – a claim that his legal team has since slammed as ‘utterly false’.
To be granted an appeal, Heard would likely need to demonstrate that there were errors in the trial, or in the presiding judge’s reading of the law.
She would also need to post bond of the full $10,350,000, plus interest charges over the course of an appeal trial.
Depp originally sued Heard for $50million claiming that she defamed him with an op-ed piece published by the Washington Post in 2018 in which she claimed to be a survivor of domestic abuse.
Heard then countersued for $100million claiming that Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman made defamatory statements by calling her claims a ‘hoax.’
The actress’s appearance on the Today show comes less than a week after Guthrie, 50, sat down with Depp’s lawyers Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez, who slammed any suggestion that social media played a role in the jury’s decision-making as ‘utterly false’.
‘My view is that social media played no role whatsoever this was a decision made by the jury on the evidence. It was overwhelmingly in Depp’s favor,’ said Chew.
‘She’s sunk to a new low’: Heard faces FURIOUS backlash online for REPEATING abuse allegations against Depp in Today interview
BY LILLIAN GISSEN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
Twitter users unleashed a furious tirade on Amber Heard after she sat down for an explosive interview with the Today show in which she discussed the ‘unfair’ verdict in her defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp, calling the interview ‘painful to watch’ and claiming that they’ve ‘heard enough of her sickening lies.’
During the shocking new interview, the actress insisted that she’s going to ‘stand by every word of her testimony until the day she dies,’ less than two weeks after she was found guilty of defaming her ex by claiming that he abused her during their marriage.
The 36-year-old blasted Depp, 59, as a ‘liar’ and reiterated her claims that he beat her during their marriage, while speaking to Today host Savannah Guthrie.
Now, the Aquaman star is facing fierce backlash from social media users – with one
accusing her of ‘acting’ throughout the appearance and another saying it made them ‘sick to their stomach’ to listen to her ‘bull s**t.’
‘I’ve heard enough of her sickening lies,’ one person wrote on Twitter after the interview aired.
‘She is such a liar that is just painful to watch,’ added another, while someone else said, ‘And the Oscar goes to…’
A fourth tweet read, ‘Contrived performance yet again.’
Other viewers tweeted, ‘She needs professional help,’ and, ‘What a sad human being.’
‘I’m sick of listening to her BS. Listening to her made me sick to my stomach. She contradicts herself constantly. her 15 minutes of fame is over,’ wrote a different Twitter user.
Another person slammed the Today show for ‘enabling an abuser,’ while someone else said the network has ‘sunk to a new low,’ and a third bashed them for ‘giving credit to a manipulative piece of s**t like Heard.’
‘Nobody believes her Savannah. Give it up and stop interviewing abusers,’ responded one disgruntled Twitter user.
‘Shame on you. Women do tell lies, they are not always truthful, and this witch got caught. Her reputation is done.’
Another wrote, ‘Quit enabling this abuser and stop giving her air time. She said she wanted to move on, so why is she not?’
‘Nice to see news [organizations] still giving credit to a manipulative piece of s**t like Amber Heard,’ agreed someone else.
‘If this trial had gone the other way, no chance in Hell we’d see any news org even touch Johnny Depp. But that’s the news nowadays – needs viewers, clicks, and money.’
‘As if she was not given a chance to prove her side in the court?’ asked a different user. ‘Now NBC has given [her] that opportunity? I hate [NBC] to the core.’
‘So sad. The Today show has sunk to a new low,’ read another tweet.
‘Enough already – these two celebrities have gotten more court time and TV time than important things. Stop covering this toxic slurry relationship… Please!’ begged a different person.
‘She’s a liar. Why would she be given a platform to continue to lie?’ tweeted one viewer, while another called it a ‘total waste of broadcast time.’
‘NBC gives domestic abusers the spotlight. Shame on NBC,’ wrote another user.
Someone else said, ‘Interview the abuser and promote her lies, meanwhile, ignore the victim.’
‘Why the Hell are you seriously allowing this abuser a platform? It’s shameful, it really is. Stop enabling her,’ read a different tweet.