Amber Heard Says She Doesn't "Take It Personally" Or Blame The Jury For Siding With Johnny Depp In A Brand New Interview

By Gina Florio··  2 min read
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Amber Heard is speaking out in an interview for the first time since the jury reached a verdict in her defamation case against ex-husband Johnny Depp. She has a message for the jury who sided with Depp and awarded him $15 million in damages.

Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation in regard to a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which Heard claimed she was the victim of domestic abuse. She never mentioned his name in the article, but it was pretty clear who she was pointing to as the alleged abuser. Their court case in Fairfax County, VA lasted over several weeks and the jury ended up ruling in favor of Depp on three counts. Heard did, however, win $2 million for her countersuit. In an interview with Good Morning America, Heard spoke about the result of the trial.

Amber Heard Says She Doesn't Blame the Jury for Siding with Johnny Depp

Heard, 36, opened up to Savannah Guthries about the jury's decision and claims that nobody can "think that this has been fair." She has a message for the jury in particular.

​“I don't blame them. I actually understand," Heard said in a clip of the interview. "He's a beloved character and people feel they know him. He's a fantastic actor.”

She feels that the popularity of and love for Depp played a role in the outcome of the verdict. Additionally, she feels that social media intentionally portrayed her in an unfair light.

“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," Heard continued. "I don't presume the average person should know those things. And so I don't take it personally. 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."

Heard's team also released an official statement about the trial, saying Depp's legal team "blanketed the media for days after the verdict with numerous statements and interviews on television." They claimed that Depp also took to social media to create a certain image around himself and his ex-wife.

"Ms. Heard simply intended to respond to what they aggressively did last week; she did so by expressing her thoughts and feelings, much of which she was not allowed to do on the witness stand," the statement read.

The full interview will air on NBC News' Today show tomorrow and Wednesday.

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