Amber Heard Speaks Out About Social Media ‘Hate And Vitriol’

In her first interview since the verdict, Heard said she didn't blame the jury for believing her ex-husband.

Amber Heard

by Grazia Contributor |

Amber Heard has addressed the online 'hate and vitriol' she was subject to during her court battle with her ex-husband Johnny Depp. In her first interview since the verdict was delivered, she claimed the online abuse meant there was not 'fair representation' of the case on social media.

The jury in Fairfax, Virginia, awarded $10.35m (£8.2m) damages to Depp after finding Heard had defamed him on the central question of domestic abuse. Heard has said she will appeal. She won one of her counter-claims against him, awarding her $2m (£1.5m) in damages.

In a teaser for the interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie, which will air in full at a later date, Heard said: 'I don't care what one thinks about me or what judgements you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home, in my marriage, behind closed doors. 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 also said she didn't blame the jury for believing her ex-husband: 'How could they make a judgement, how could they not come to that conclusion? They had sat in those seats and heard over three weeks of non-stop, relentless testimony from paid employees and, towards the end of the trial, randos as I say.

'[H]ow could they, after listening to three and a half weeks of testimony about how I was a non-credible person, how not to believe a word that came out of my mouth?'

Neither Depp nor his representatives have commented on Heard's interview with NBC yet.

Depp has not yet given a post-trial public interview, however his lawyer Camille Vasquez spoke to People magazine, to refute rumours that she was in a romantic relationship with her client, calling the claims 'sexist'.

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