Actress Amber Heard has said she spoke ‘truth to power’ during Johnny Depp’s libel case against her, claiming Depp’s lawyers diverted the jury from the ‘real issues’.
In her first meeting since a jury overwhelmingly ruled against her in the high-profile case, Heard noted to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on ‘Today’ that a British judge had ruled against Depp in a case similar when more evidence had been reviewed.
“I will say his lawyers certainly did a better job of distracting the jury from the real issues,” heard say of the American case.
A Fairfax County, Va. jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages earlier this month after finding a Washington Post op-ed on sexual violence that Heard wrote in 2018 was defamatory and a ruined her ex-husband’s career.
The jury awarded Heard $2 million in a countersuit for a statement made by Depp’s attorney.
In the UK, Depp took legal action against the publisher of The Sun newspaper, which had called Depp a “woman fighter”. The judge ruled that 12 of the 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence presented to the court were “essentially true”.
“There was another trial, dealing with the same substantive issues that contained even more evidence,” Heard told Guthrie. “In fact, my evidence has been largely hidden, really important evidence hidden.”
The rest of the interview should be broadcast on Wednesday on “Today” and Friday on “Dateline”.
Outside the courtroom, Heard argued that social media did not provide a “fair representation” of the case. Excerpts from testimonials posted on platforms like YouTube and TikTok had garnered millions of views.
“I wouldn’t blame the average person for watching this and how it was covered, and I wouldn’t think these are Hollywood kids at their worst,” Heard said. “But what people don’t understand is that it’s actually so much bigger than that.”
Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, said the actor plans to appeal the court’s decision.
—Updated at 12:31 p.m.