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Amber Heard says she will stand up to claims of abuse “to the death” despite losing the libel trial


Amber Heard can understand why people might see her and Johnny Depp as “Hollywood brats” after a libel trial.

The 36-year-old Aquaman star was named by a jury in Fairfax, Virginia, as a libel to her ex-husband in an article claiming she was a victim of domestic violence and Depp received $ 15 million in compensation and punishment. .

In a new clip from her first post-trial TV interview, Hurd told TV presenter Savannah Guthrie that she would stand behind every word of her testimony until her “die”, while she insisted it was more than just two exes broadcasting your dirty laundry.

“Absolutely. I wouldn’t blame an ordinary person for looking at it and the way it was covered, and thinking it was Hollywood brats in the worst condition, ”she said.

“But people don’t realize that it’s actually much more. It’s not just about our right to speak on the First Amendment. “

Guthrie stopped her and said: “But here’s the thing – the First Amendment protects freedom of speech. It does not defend lies, which is tantamount to slander, and that was the problem in this case. “

In a preview, Hurd said she was surprised by a “bunch” aimed at her on social media, and she went on to say she saw Depp’s fans on the streets near the courtroom holding death-threatening signs.

“Every day I passed three, four, sometimes six city quarters, where there were people with signs” Burn the Witch “and” Death to Amber, “she said.

“Three and a half weeks later I took a seat and saw a courtroom full of Captain Jack Sparrow’s supporters who were loud, energetic.”

Camera iconJohnny Depp and Amber Heard. Credit: Steve Helber/AP

Hurd further said she had never felt more humiliated than in the courtroom.

“I have never felt more distant from my own humanity. I felt less than a human being, ”she said.

However, she supports all the evidence and words she said in the rostrum and accused the 59-year-old Depp of lying that she did not beat her.

Asked by reporters if it was a lie, Hurd said, “Yes.”

The interview will air on American television channel NBC News on Tuesday (June 14, 22) and Wednesday (June 15, 22). An hour-long special edition will be released on Dateline on Friday (June 17, 22).

This image, published by NBC News, shows journalist Savannah Guthrie (right) during an exclusive interview with actress Amber Heard, which airs on Tuesday, June 14, and Wednesday, June 15 on NBC. "Today" show and Friday, June 17th "Dateline NBC." (NBC News via AP)
Camera iconNBC News journalist Savannah Guthrie (right) during an exclusive interview with actor Amber Heard. Credit: AP

Depp sued Hurd for $ 50 million for libel after publishing an article in The Washington Post in 2018 in which she claimed to have been a victim of domestic violence, but did not name him.

The jury found that the actress acted with “malice” and awarded Depp $ 15 million in damages. Hurd filed a counterclaim for $ 100 million, and the jury awarded her $ 2 million in fines.


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