'She got the rough end of it': Brian Cox feels sorry for Amber Heard amid tegal tussle with Johnny Depp
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Speaking on Amber Heard's widely publicized defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp, 'Succession' actor Brian Cox has said the actress got the 'rough end of it." In a recent interview, the actor who portrays Logan Roy on HBO's 'Succession' briefly discussed the ex-couple. Asked about Depp, who Cox said he regrets once calling “overrated”, the star told The Times that “the public love him”.
Responding to the interviewer’s suggestion that the jury for the trial also loved Depp, Cox replied, “Well, they did.” He continued, “I feel sorry for the woman [Heard]. I think she got the rough end of it.” Depp's high-profile defamation case against his ex-wife Heard was successful earlier this year. Depp sued Heard for $50m over a Washington Post op-ed titled “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”
Although Depp isn't explicitly mentioned in the story, his attorneys claim it wrongly indicates that he mistreated Heard while they were together. Heard filed a counterclaim for $100 million, alleging that Depp had launched a "smear campaign" against her and that his legal action was an extension of "abuse and harassment." Heard was given $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages by a jury in June after they determined that Heard had defamed Depp on all three charges. Heard received a compensatory damages verdict of $2 million but no punitive damages.
Heard spoke in court about the threats to her and her unborn child's lives that the Pirates of the Caribbean actor's fans had made. In her emotional testimony, Heard told jurors, “People want to kill me, and they tell me so every day. People want to kill my baby in the microwave, and they tell me that.” Cox was present Monday night at the Emmys presentation.
Hotly touted Emmy's favourite, 'Succession' had a successful night, taking home Outstanding Drama Series and writing award for Jesse Armstrong, the show's creator, and Matthew Macfadyen, who won for supporting actor. “Big week for successions,” Armstrong said on stage. “New King in the UK, this for us. Evidently a little bit more voting for us than Prince Charles. I’m not saying we’re more legitimate in our position than he is, we’ll leave that to other people...”