Amber Heard has spoken out publicly for the first time since a Virginia jury ruled that she defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp and ordered him to pay him $10 million in damages.
During a recent interview with the presenter of the program Today NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, the 36-year-old actress has spoken out once again about the abuse she claims to have suffered at the hands of Depp, revealing that she “absolutely still loves” Johnny Depp.
Although the jury overwhelmingly found in favor of the 59-year-old actor and found him guilty of three counts of defamation against him, the star of Aquaman spoke about her feelings for her ex, though she also refused to retract her abuse accusations against him and accused him of “lying” on the stand when he said he “never hit her”, saying she “will stand behind every word of his testimony.” Until the day of her death”.
Asked by Guthrie if she stands by an earlier statement that she “still loves” her ex-husband, Heard responded:
Yes absolutely. Absolutely. I love him. I loved him with all my heart and did my best to make a deeply broken relationship work. And I could not. I have no bad feelings or ill will towards him at all. I know it can be either very difficult or very easy to understand if you have ever loved someone.
During the interview, she was also questioned about the audio that was played during the six-week trial, in which the actress could be heard admitting to physically abusing Depp. Heard insisted that she only “answered [a la violencia física de Johnny Depp]”, but that “never prompted him”:
I never had to goad him, I replied. When you live in violence and it becomes normal, as I testified, you have to adapt.
Heard added that while he “regrets” both the “horrible” and “ugly” things he did and said to Depp, he was just acting like a “person in extreme emotional, psychological and physical distress” who felt that his ” life was at risk”:
I know there has been a lot of talk about these audio clips. They were first leaked online after being edited. What is heard in these audios is not [era] evidence of what was happening, it was evidence of a negotiation, of how to talk about it with your abuser.
The actress also accused Depp’s lawyers of using witnesses to “distract the jury from the real issues” during the trial, admitting that they had “done a better job” than his own legal team and that the jury’s decision was influenced by what he did. she called “unfair representation on social media” and by “employees paid by her ex-husband” to testify on her behalf:
I’ll put it this way, how could they pass judgment, how could they not come to that conclusion? They spoke in those seats and listened for three weeks to relentless and relentless testimony from paid employees. I don’t blame them, I don’t blame them, in fact I get it, he’s a beloved character and people feel like they know him. He is a fantastic actor.
In addition, Heard admitted that he may not have been particularly “nice” on the stand or in the public eye and hinted that this influenced the jury’s final verdict:
I’m not a good victim, I get it, I’m not a nice victim, I’m not a perfect victim, but when I testified I asked the jury to see me as a human being.
The actress also spoke about a text message Depp sent her that was read in court, in which he vowed to “globally humiliate” her. In this regard, she Heard said that she feels that her ex-husband “kept her promise” to her.
Finally, the actress shared her fear that Johnny Depp could take further legal action against her for continuing to publicly accuse him of abuse, revealing that she is “afraid that no matter what I do,” “he will present another opportunity to silence her.”
The interview with Savannah Guthrie, which the US network claims are “additional unaired images that touch on the evidence that Amber Heard believes should have appeared in the case”, broadcast its first part on the morning of June 15. The full interview will be broadcast on Dateline NBC, this June 17 at night.