Amber Heard opened up to Savannah Guthrie in her first public interview since the verdict about the high-profile defamation case brought by ex-husband Johnny Depp, which concluded earlier this month when a jury unanimously found that Heard defamed Depp and awarded him more than $10 million in damages.
Heard slammed the role of social media in the six-week trial that began on April 11 in Virginia in a preview clip from her exclusive interview with NBC News, which will run Tuesday and Wednesday on TODAY and in an hour-long special Friday on Dateline.
“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 tell me — look me in the eye and tell me — that you think on social media there’s been a fair representation,” Heard said. “You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair.”
The ex-couple went to court over a 2018 op-ed. Heard published an article for The Washington Post on surviving domestic violence. She did not identify Depp, but his attorneys said the op-ed refers to accusations she made during their 2016 divorce.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star sued Heard for $50 million, claiming that his career was harmed as a result of the op-ed. She filed a countersuit for $100 million. Depp has rejected all abuse claims.
Depp lost a libel action in the UK in 2020, which cited some of the same grounds. The actor filed a lawsuit against a publication after it alleged he attacked Heard. A judge determined that the assertions made in the newspaper were “basically truthful.” According to Heard’s counsel, the verdict in Virginia was not conveyed to the jury.
Read on below to the Next Page to watch the exclusive Today Show interview.