Amber Heard admits she and Depp might look like ‘Hollywood brats’
Amber Heard has given her first interview since losing her multi-million dollar defamation battle against her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Having sat down with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie last week, segments have been previewed on the Today show with the full interview scheduled for 8pm EST on 17 June.
Heard says she will stand by her testimony in the trial “to my dying day”, but with the trial played out on social media, she believes even the best-intentioned juror would’ve found it difficult to avoid.
Describing the trial as “humiliating” and that she felt “less than human”, Heard admits she did not feel confident ahead of the verdict but maintains she “spoke truth to power” and paid the price. She acknowledged that she and Depp looked like spoiled “Hollywood brats” to the average person, but maintains her case was about free speech.
Guthrie challenged Heard over her own actions in the relationship and she admitted doing and saying “horrible, regrettable things” but said she “always told the truth”.
Depp sued Heard for $ 50m for implying he abused her in a Washington Post op-ed. She pursued a $ 100m counterclaim, accusing him of conducting a “smear campaign” against her.
What do attorneys say about Amber Heard’s options to appeal?
After Johnny Depp largely prevailed in his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, her attorney Elaine Bredehoft announced her client “absolutely” intends to appeal.
The jury of five men and two women announced on Wednesday (June 1) it had found that Ms Heard defamed Mr Depp on three statements. Jurors also found that Ms Heard was defamed by one of three statements in her countersuit.
The Independent spoke with three attorneys about Ms Heard’s possible grounds for an appeal, or even a new trial: Lisa Bloom of The Bloom Firm, whose clients have included Janice Dickinson, Mischa Barton, and several victims of Jeffrey Epstein; Jesse Weber, a host and attorney at the Law & Crime network, who covered the trial from the courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia; and Mitra Ahouraian, an entertainment attorney in Beverly Hills who represents actors, directors, producers, and musicians.
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 07:00
Watch: Heard grilled over ‘taunting’ Depp
Savannah Guthrie grills Amber Heard over audio ‘taunting’ Johnny Depp
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 06:00
Each count the Depp-Heard jurors considered
As a public figure, Johnny Depp faced a high bar to win his libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. According to seven unanimous jurors, he cleared it.
Depp said his ex-wife defamed him in a 2018 newspaper op-ed in which she alluded to abuse allegations against Depp. His name was never mentioned.
The Virginia civil jury ruled in favor of Depp on all three of his counts Wednesday, finding that Heard had not only made false and defamatory statements, but that she’d done so with “actual malice” – a higher threshold for cases involving public figures . Jurors concluded Depp should receive more than $ 10 million.
Depp’s victory was not absolute, though. Jurors also concluded that part of Heard’s counterclaim had merits. They rejected two of Heard’s three counts, but found she was defamed by a Depp lawyer who accused her of roughing up their apartment to look worse for police. The jury awarded her $ 2 million.
A look at each count jurors considered:
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 05:01
Captain Jack Sparrow fans outside court made Heard feel ‘less than human’
Court proceedings were broadcast live on TV throughout the six-week legal battle, with the trial also attracting crowds of in-person admirers, many of whom stood outside the courthouse to voice their support for Depp.
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 04:00
Savannah Guthrie grills Heard over audio ‘taunting’ Johnny Depp played at trial
Ms Guthrie, whose husband worked as a consultant for Mr Depp’s legal team, probed Ms Heard about recordings played to the jury where she was heard “taunting” her then-husband about being a “victim of domestic violence”.
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 03:00
What is Savannah Guthrie’s connection to Johnny Depp?
Hollywood actress Amber Heard has given her first interview since a Virginia jury found her guilty of defaming her ex-husband Johnny Depp, sitting down with NBC journalist Savannah Guthrie to reflect on her side of the story.
The network plans to air excerpts from its blockbuster interview in installations on 14 and 15 June and in a one-hour Dateline special on 17 June.
What is surprising is not that the Aquaman star is speaking out about her experiences but that her choice of broadcaster to confide in happens to have a known connection to her ex-husband.
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 02:00
Heard insists ‘I spoke truth to power’ in the first post-trial interview
Amber Heard insists that she spoke “truth to power” throughout the high-profile defamation trial against her ex-husband Johnny Depp in a recent exclusive interview on NBC’s Today Show.
“The First Amendment protects speech … it doesn’t protect lies that amount to defamation,” NBC host Savannah Guthrie put to the actor in her first interview since Mr Depp won his $ 50m defamation case against her. The jury also awarded Ms Heard a partial win in her countersuit, which was decided earlier this month.
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 01:00
Heard makes Edward Scissorhands dig in new interview
The Aquaman star discussed the verdict – which ruled in favor of Depp – in a new interview with NBC’s Today.
In the closing arguments, Depp’s lawyer claimed that Heard had been “acting” and described her testimony as the “performance of a lifetime”.
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 00:00
Heard admits she and Depp might look like ‘Hollywood brats’
Amber Heard has admitted that she understands how the public may view her and and ex-husband Johnny Depp as “Hollywood brats” in the wake of the ex-couple’s defamation trial, in an interview with NBC Today Show.
Ms Heard is sitting down with NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie for an exclusive interview airing in full at 8pm ET on Friday 17 June. The network has been previewing clips of the interview ahead of time.
Oliver O’Connell14 June 2022 23:00
Depp reaches 10 million followers on TikTok within 24 hours of posting his first video
Johnny Depp has reached 10 million followers on TikTok within 24 hours of posting his first video.
The actor joined the video-sharing app on Monday (June 6) days after winning his multimillion-dollar defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Depp managed to reach more than 3 million followers without having posted a single piece of content. His biography on the platform reads: “Occasional Thespian.”
Oliver O’Connell14 June 2022 22:00