Amber Heard says she still loves Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp has accused Amber Heard and her legal team of “reimagining” the couple’s bitter legal battle in her first interview since a jury decided against her.
A portion of the interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie – which will air in full on Dateline on Friday – was released on Peacock on Thursday afternoon, in which Depp’s team responded to Heard speaking out.
“It’s unfortunate that while Johnny is looking to move forward with his life, the defendant and her team are back to repeating, reimagining and re-litigating matters that have already been decided by the court and a verdict that was unequivocally decided by a jury in Johnny’s favor,” his team said.
It came after an anonymous juror came forward to reveal that Heard’s “ice-cold” testimony was perceived as “crocodile tears” by the panel.
Further, he told Good Morning America that the jury found her emotional testimony “didn’t add up” and they believed her to be the “aggressor” in the couple’s doomed relationship.
Sections of Heard’s interview aired on Today earlier this week, with her saying she will stand by her testimony “to my dying day” and that she paid the price for “speaking truth to power”.
Unlikely cult celebrities of Johnny Depp v Amber Heard
Fans of the estranged couple exhaustively documented the plaintiff and defendant’s every move and mannerism in court, their attorneys’ arguments, the judge’s interventions and a wealth of colorful witness testimony on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, carving up what might have risen to dry legal proceedings into a spectator sport.
All of which has raised disapproving eyebrows in some quarters, with concerns expressed that the real issue at the heart of the case, domestic violence, was lost in what has become a bad taste viral soap opera.
While those criticisms are more than valid, there is no question that the trial provided an extraordinary spectacle and a cast of unforgettable supporting characters who found themselves unlikely cult celebrities.
Megan Sheets17 June 2022 20:30
Camille Vasquez to defend Johnny Depp once again
Camille Vasquez, the surprise star of the legal team that successfully argued the defamation case against Amber Heard for Johnny Depp, will once again represent the actor in court.
Alongside fellow Brown Rudnick partner Randall Smith, Ms Vasquez will defend Mr Depp in a personal injury lawsuit filed against him by Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, location manager on the movie City of Lies.
Megan SheetsJune 17, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Hear shares anguish from testifying on alleged sexual assault in court
Expanding on the intense media pressure around the trial, Heard told Ms Guthrie about the difficulties of airing her sexual assault allegations in front of the busy court.
“In that courtroom I am testifying about sexual assault and domestic violence next to a jury, in front of a whole packed courtroom of people who were expressing their vocal support [for Depp] and disdain for me,” she explained.
Depp has always denied the allegations of assault made against him.
The Independent’s Leonie Cooper reports:
Megan SheetsJune 17, 2022, 6:45 p.m.
Heard discusses ‘barricades’ and ‘protected entrance’ she used to enter court
Elsewhere in the interview clip released Thursday, Heard opened up about the protective measures that were implemented for her during the trial.
“Every single day I passed city blocks lined with people holding signs saying things that I couldn’t repeat on television,” she explained.
“They had to establish barricades to protect me so I could drive into a protected entrance of the courthouse. Every single day that’s how I walked in the court.”
Further, she commented on her lawyers fighting to keep TV cameras out of the court.
The Independent’s Inga Parkel has more:
Megan Sheets17 June 2022 18:00
Heard says she has ‘binder’ of notes about abuse
Describing evidence that a judge blocked at the trial, Heard told Ms Guthrie how her doctor kept contemporary notes of the physical abuse she suffered while married to Depp.
“There’s a binder worth of years of notes dating back to 2011, from the very beginning of my relationship, that were taken by my doctor who I was reporting the abuse to,” said Heard.
Ms Guthrie and her reporting team at NBC looked at the notes to confirm what Heard had been telling her therapist since 2012.
The Independent’s Amanda Whiting reports:
Megan SheetsJune 17, 2022, 5:15 p.m.
Heard says she ‘responded’ to violence but ‘never had to instigate it’
NBC released a new portion of Ms Guthrie’s interview with Heard on Peacock on Thursday afternoon, in which she repeated her claim that she never instigated violence with Depp.
“I never had to instigate it, I responded to it,” she said.
“When you’re living in violence and it becomes normal, as I tested to, you have to adapt, you adopt strategies to cope with it, and if it meant, as I tested to, if it meant the difference between a broken nose or a sore cheek, I would do it.”
The Independent’s Louis Chilton has more:
Megan SheetsJune 17, 2022 4:30 p.m.
Highlights from Heard’s interview so far
Heard’s full interview with Savannah Guthrie will air at 8pm EST tonight on Dateline.
Viewers can tune in to NBC News or stream on Peacock here.
Below are some highlights from previously aired segments:
Megan SheetsJune 17, 2022, 3:45 p.m.
Hear releases new statement ahead of Dateline interview
A spokesperson for Heard has released a new statement ahead of her full Savannah Guthrie interview airing on Dateline tonight.
“If Mr. Depp or his team have a problem with this, we recommend that Johnny himself sit down with Savannah Gutherie for an hour and answer all her questions,” the spokesperson said.
The remarks are believed to be in response to a statement by Depp’s team to NBC on Thursday, which read: “It’s unfortunate that while Johnny is looking to move forward with his life, the defendant and his team are back to repeating, reimagining and re -litigating matters that have already been decided by the court and a verdict that was unequivocally decided by a jury in Johnny’s favor.”
Megan SheetsJune 17, 2022 2:57 p.m.
Revelation Amber Heard didn’t donate $7m divorce settlement was a ‘fiasco’ says trial juror
An anonymous Johnny Depp trial juror has said that the revelation that Amber Heard didn’t donate her $7m divorce settlement was “a fiasco for her”.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 17, 2022 2:15 p.m.
Trial juror says Heard’s ‘ice cold’ testimony perceived as ‘crocodile tears’
A juror on the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has broken his silence to reveal that her “ice cold” testimony was perceived as “crocodile tears” by the panel.
Rachel Sharp has the latest.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 17, 2022 1:30 p.m.