Amber Heard interview latest: Actor says speaking out about Johnny Depp’s alleged sexual violence is ‘scariest thing’

Amber Heard says she still loves Johnny Depp

Amber Heard has described speaking out about alleged sexual violence as the “scariest, most intimidating thing” in her first interview since a jury ruled against her in her defamation case with ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Ms Heard’s full interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie aired on Dateline on Friday night, where the Aquaman actor claimed that a “binder” of therapist’s notes and text messages could have led jurors to reach a different verdict.

In one of the messages, Ms Heard appeared to tell her therapist that Mr Depp “did a number on me tonight”.

Mr Depp has denied ever abusing Ms Heard.

The messages were not allowed as evidence in the case after the judge ruled them inadmissible.

On Thursday, Mr Depp’s team responded to Ms Heard’s interview saying: “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.”

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Heard grilled by Guthrie over being ‘caught in a lie’ about donating $7m divorce settlement

Amber Heard was grilled by Savannah Guthrie about being “caught in a lie” over her pledge to donate her $7m divorce settlement to charity, in the actor’s first sitdown interview since her bombshell defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Ms Guthrie put Ms Heard on the spot over the discrepancies between her pledge and the actual payments made, questioning whether this raised doubts about her “credibility” among the jury.

“Do you think to the jurors sitting there that was you getting caught in a lie?” probed Ms Guthrie, whose husband works for Mr Depp’s legal team, in a clip from the interview aired Wednesday.

Ms Heard defended the furore over the charitable donation, saying that the trial was used to try to paint her as “a liar” and arguing that she shouldn’t have had to pledge her entire settlement in the first place for people to believe her accusations of abuse against her ex-husband.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel Sharp18 June 2022 21:45

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Donald Trump Jr mocked for weighing in to Heard-Depp case again

In a string of tweets slamming red flag laws amid bipartisan gun control discussions in the Senate, Donald Trump Jr decided to go after Amber Heard over her loss in her defamation trial against Johnny Depp.

Mr Trump Jr claimed on Friday that “the radical left would weaponize these ‘laws’ against law-abiding Americans”.

Red flag laws allow police, family members, colleagues, and others to petition a state court to have a firearm removed from a person considered to be a danger to either themselves, others, or both.

“Imagine what Amber Heard would have done with Red Flag Laws!” Mr Trump Jr added shortly before 11am on Friday.

Twitter users were quick to mock Mr Trump Jr.

The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander has the full story:

Rachel Sharp18 June 2022 21:00

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Juror says Heard’s ‘ice cold’ testimony was perceived as ‘crocodile tears’

A juror has broken his silence to reveal that Amber Heard’s “ice cold” testimony was perceived as “crocodile tears” by the panel in her defamation case with Johnny Depp.

The male juror, whose name and juror number was not released, told ABC’s GMA on Thursday that the jury found the Aquaman actor’s emotional testimony “didn’t add up” and they believed her to be the “aggressor” in the former couple’s doomed relationship.

“The crying, the facial expressions that she had, the staring at the jury,” he said.

“All of us were very uncomfortable… she would answer one question and she would be crying and two seconds later she would turn ice cold… some of us used the expression ‘crocodile tears’.”

He added: “A lot of Amber’s story didn’t add up… The majority of the jury felt she was more the aggressor.”

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel Sharp18 June 2022 20:15

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Heard opens up about intense security around her during trial

Amber Heard opened up to Savannah Guthrie about the protective measures that were implemented for her during the trial as Johnny Depp fans gathered outside the courthouse each day.

“Every single day I passed city blocks lined with people holding signs saying things that I couldn’t repeat on television,” she said.

“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 the full story:

Rachel Sharp18 June 2022 19:45

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Depp’s team responds to Heard’s sitdown interview with Guthrie

Johnny Depp’s team responded to Amber Heard’s sitdown interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in a statement on Thursday.

“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,” the statement reads.

Rachel Sharp18 June 2022 19:00

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Amber Heard has suggested that Johnny Depp’s other former partners may be too afraid of a backlash to come forward with accusations of abuse against the Pirates of the Caribbean star.

In her interview on NBC’s Dateline on Friday night, the Aquaman actor responded to a question from Savannah Guthrie about why she is the only one of Mr Depp’s exes to publicly accuse him of violence.

“Look what happened to me when I came forward,” she said. “Would you?”

Throughout the couple’s explosive defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia, Ms Heard testified about multiple alleged incidents of abuse.

Mr Depp denied ever abusing Ms Heard and instead claimed that she was the abuser in their relationship.

In a dramatic moment of the trial, supermodel Kate Moss testified that her ex-boyfriend Mr Depp was never violent to her when they dated in the 1990s.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel Sharp18 June 2022 18:15

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Heard says speaking out about alleged sexual violence is ‘scariest thing’

Amber Heard described speaking out about the alleged sexual violence that she suffered as the “scariest, most intimidating thing” in her first interview since a jury sided with Johnny Depp in their defamation case.

The Aquaman actor told Savannah Guthrie in her interview on NBC’s Dateline on Friday night that she was “terrified” about being cross-examined by her ex-husband’s legal team and “not being believed” about her allegations.

“The scariest, most intimidating thing for anybody talking about sexual violence is not being believed, being called a liar, or being humiliated,” she said.

Ms Heard told Ms Guthrie, whose husband has worked as a consultant for Mr Depp’s legal team, that she was not being “vindictive” by sitting down for an interview in the aftermath of the case.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel Sharp18 June 2022 17:30

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Heard says ‘binder’ of therapist notes could have impacted jury’s verdict

Amber Heard told Savannah Guthrie in her interview on NBC’s Dateline that a “binder” of notes taken by her therapist could have impacted the verdict in the defamation case with Johnny Depp.

Ms Heard said she wished the jury had been allowed to see her therapist’s notes which she said dated back to near the start of the former couple’s relationship and documented the alleged abuse she suffered.

“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,” she told Ms Guthrie.

“Her notes represented years of real-time explanations of what was going on.”

In the notes, shared with Dateline, the therapist had written things like “He hit her, threw her on floor” and “He threw her against a wall and threatened to kill her”.

Mr Depp has denied ever abusing Ms Heard.

The judge did not allow the jury to see the notes at trial, ruling them inadmissible in court.

Rachel Sharp18 June 2022 16:45

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Heard sent father text claiming Depp kicked her on plane

Amber Heard sent her father a text message claiming that Johnny Depp kicked her on an airplane, the actress revealed in her interview with NBC’s Dateline on Friday night.

The message, from 2014, read: “I keep not fighting back. He literally kicked me and called me a [redacted] in front of everyone on the plane. It’s humiliating”.

At the trial, Ms Heard testified about the alleged incident on an airplane where she accused Mr Depp of assaulting her.

Mr Depp denied the allegations.

The text was among those Ms Heard’s legal team shared with NBC, claiming it was evidence of the alleged abuse that she suffered.

The messages were not presented as evidence to the jury in the defamation trial after the judge deemed them inadmissible in court.

Rachel Sharp18 June 2022 16:00

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Heard’s text message to therapist: ‘Johnny did a number on me tonight’

In a text message Amber Heard claims to have sent to her therapist on 16 December 2015, she wrote:

“Johnny did a number on me tonight. I’m safe and with my support tonight but I need some real help. Can I come tomorrow.

“I called earlier because I thought I had a concussion and didn’t know if I should have called police. But I have a nurse close to me.”

The text message was part of what Ms Heard said was a trove of evidence that she claims helped prove her allegations of abuse by her ex-husband Johnny Depp but was not presented to the jury at trial.

Mr Depp denies ever abusing Ms Heard.

Jurors were not shown the text messages after the judge ruled them to be inadmissible.

They were shared with NBC’s Dateline by Ms Heard’s team for her sitdown interview with Savannah Guthrie.

Rachel Sharp18 June 2022 15:20