Amber Heard says she and Johnny Depp had been ‘terrible to one another’ however that she ‘all the time advised the reality’, in first interview since actor’s libel case win


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Amber Heard has mentioned she and Johnny Depp had been “terrible to one another” throughout their “poisonous” relationship, admitting she made “a number of errors – however all the time advised the reality”.

The actress mentioned that to her “dying day” she would stand by the testimony she gave in court docket in Fairfax, Virginia, regardless of jurors discovering in Depp‘s favour – concluding {that a} column she wrote about home abuse was defamatory – after listening to six weeks of proof.

In her first interview because the verdict on 1 June, Heard sat down with journalist Savannah Guthrie from NBC News to discuss the trial.

Actor Johnny Depp reacts as he leaves for a break during the Depp vs Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S. May 26, 2022. Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS

Requested about Depp’s declare that he by no means hit Heard, and if the actress claims it is a lie, she responded: “Sure it’s.”

Depp, 59, has denied he abused Heard.

Addressing her personal behaviour throughout their relationship, she mentioned: “I did do and say horrible, regrettable issues all through my relationship. I behaved in horrible, virtually unrecognisable to myself methods. A lot remorse.

“I’ve freely, overtly and voluntarily talked about what I did. I talked in regards to the horrible language, I talked about being pushed to the extent the place I did not even know the distinction between proper and mistaken.

“I’ll all the time proceed to really feel like I used to be part of this, like I used to be the opposite half of this relationship – as a result of I used to be. And it was ugly and could possibly be very stunning.

“It was very, very poisonous. We had been terrible to one another. I made a number of errors, a number of errors. I’ve all the time advised the reality.”

When it was put to her that a few of public have been “frankly disgusted” by what performed out in court docket, Heard replied: “Completely, I’d not blame the common individual for taking a look at this and the way this has been lined and never pondering that that is Hollywood brats at their worst.

“However what folks do not perceive is that it’s really a lot greater than that. This isn’t solely about our first modification proper to talk.”

Amber Heard downcast as the verdict in her defamation trial against Johnny Depp was read out

Nevertheless, Guthrie interjected to say the primary modification protects free speech – however not “lies that quantity to defamation and that was the difficulty within the case”.

Heard, 36, additionally addressed proof claiming she was additionally violent throughout her relationship with Depp.

“I by no means needed to instigate it,” she mentioned. “I responded to it. If you end up residing in violence it turns into regular. As I testified to, it’s important to adapt.”

The primary half of the interview aired on Tuesday following a preview yesterday, wherein Heard mentioned she understood why jurors had believed Depp over her, describing him as “a beloved character and other people really feel they know him”. She additionally mentioned she was portrayed as a “non-credible individual” through the trial.

After six weeks of testimony, the court docket case got here to an finish on 1 June, with the jury discovering {that a} 2018 article Heard wrote for the Washington Put up, about her alleged experiences as a survivor of home abuse, was defamatory in direction of Depp.

Johnny Depp on stage with Jeff Beck in Sheffield only two days after trial between him and Amber Heard ends
Depp was on tour within the UK with Jeff Beck when the decision was delivered

The actor was awarded $10.35m (£8.2m) in damages.

Heard did win on one rely of her counter-suit, efficiently arguing that one in all Depp’s attorneys defamed her by claiming her allegations had been “an abuse hoax” aimed toward capitalising on the #MeToo motion.

The jury awarded her $2m (£1.5m) in damages.

Learn extra:
Depp v Heard: The key bits of evidence from six weeks of ‘soap opera’ trial
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Throughout his time on the stand in court docket, Depp denied abusing Heard and advised jurors that his ex-wife’s allegations of home violence had been “heinous and disturbing”.

He mentioned he was “obsessed” with attending to the reality of what actually occurred throughout their relationship.

“I felt it was my duty to clear my identify and my youngsters of this horrid factor that they had been having to examine their father,” he mentioned. “My purpose is the reality, as a result of it killed me that individuals I might met over time… would assume that I used to be a fraud and had lied to them”.

Afterward within the trial, when requested what it had been like listening to Heard’s testimony, Depp mentioned: “It is insane to listen to heinous accusations of violence, sexual violence, that she’s attributed to me, that she’s accused me of.

“I do not assume anybody enjoys having to separate themselves open and inform the reality, however there are occasions when one simply merely has to as a result of it is gotten uncontrolled.”

He then paused earlier than saying: “Horrible. Ridiculous. Humiliating. Ludicrous. Painful. Savage. Unimaginably brutal, merciless, and all… false. All false.”

After showing in court docket for all of the proof, Depp was not there for the decision, as a substitute touring the UK with musician Jeff Beck.

His attorneys additionally appeared on the In the present day present and Good Morning America within the US following the decision.

Elaine Bredehoft, one in all Heard’s attorneys, has mentioned she plans to attraction.

The second half of the actress’s interview is because of air on Wednesday.

Sky Information has approached Depp’s representatives for a remark.

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