THE FULL BACKHAND: Amber Heard says jury sided with Johnny Depp because 'he's a fantastic actor'

'How could they make a judgment? How could they not come to that conclusion?' asked Amber Heard


                            THE FULL BACKHAND: Amber Heard says jury sided with Johnny Depp because 'he's a fantastic actor'
Heard claimed the jury didn't believe her because they listened to testimonies calling her an 'uncredible person' (Win McNamee and Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
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Amber Heard says she doesn't blame the jury for ruling in favor of actor Johnny Depp during the defamation trial because he is a "beloved character" and a "fantastic actor." Heard claimed the jury did not believe her because they listened to testimonies about how she was an "uncredible person."

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In a promotional, preview clip released by @TodayShow from the upcoming interview, Heard tells host Savannah Guthrie, "I don't blame them. It wasn't-- I don't blame them, I actually understand. He's a beloved character and people feel they know him. He's a fantastic actor." Guthrie pressed that the job of the jury is to not be dazzled by that and to look at the facts and evidence. She then added that the jury did not believe Heard's testimony or her evidence.

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"Again, how could they after listening to three and a half weeks of testimony about how I was an uncredible person and not to believe a word that came out of my mouth," Heard responded. In another promotional clip, she adds, "I don't care what one thinks about me or what judgments 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."

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"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. You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair," said Heard. She added, "How could they make a judgment? How could they not come to that conclusion? They had sat in those seats and heard over three weeks of nonstop relentless testimony from paid employees, and towards the end of the trial, randos, as I say."

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A spokesperson for Heard told Newsweek, "Johnny Depp's legal team blanketed the media for days after the verdict with numerous statements and interviews on television, and Depp himself did the same on social media. Ms. Heard simply intended to respond to what they aggressively did last week; she did so by expressing her thoughts and feelings, much of which she was not allowed to do on the witness stand."

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Depp had sued Heard for $50 million after she wrote a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post in which she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence. Heard then countersued Depp for $100 million in relation to the three statements made by Depp's attorney, Adam Waldman. The jury ruled in favor of Depp after finding Heard's statements to be defamatory. They also found the third statement by Waldman to be defamatory towards Heard, which is why she received $2 million as compensatory damages despite losing the trial.

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