Amber Heard has insisted she stands by “every word” of her bombshell testimony about ex-husband Johnny Depp – even after it cost her $ 10.4 million for defamation.
“To my dying day, I will stand by every word in my testimony,” Heard, 46, told the “Today” show in an interview teaser that aired early Tuesday.
Still, the actress admitted that the wild testimony that led to her brutal courtroom loss also painted her and her superstar ex in the worst possible light.
“I wouldn’t blame the average person for looking at this and how it’s been covered and don’t think that it is Hollywood brats at their worst,” she conceded to Savannah Guthrie.
Her comments came on the second day of footage from a “wide-ranging sitdown” to air in full Friday at 8 pm ET.
On Monday, clips showed her also saying that she was not surprised that the Virginia jury ruled against her – because they fell for the “fantstic actor.”
“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, ”Heard told Savannah Guthrie with a nervous chuckle.
“I don’t blame them. I actually understand – he’s a beloved character, and people feel they know him. He’s a fantastic actor, ”she said of her ex.
She insisted the trial was so one-sided it was impossible for the jury not to be dazzled by Depp and also reach a conclusion just on the facts.
“How could they, after listening to three and a half weeks of testimony about how I was a non-credible person, not to believe a word that came out of my mouth?” she asked.
Amber also decried the “hate and vitriol” she has received online while her ex was widely praised and embraced by the public.
“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 and my marriage behind closed doors,” she told Guthrie.
“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 has been a fair representation.
“You can’t tell me that you think this has been fair.”
Depp won his bombshell defamation lawsuit after seven Fairfax jurors ruled in his favor that a Washington Post op-ed Heard wrote about becoming a “public figure representing domestic abuse” had sullied his reputation and damaged his career.
Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, blamed the legal loss on Depp’s team’s approach to “demonize Amber and suppress the evidence.”
Heard’s team also lashed out at her ex-husband for taking to TikTok and crowing about the widespread support he has received.
“As Johnny Depp says he’s ‘moving forward,’ women’s rights are moving backward,” a spokesperson for Heard said in a statement.
“The verdict’s message to victims of domestic violence is afraid be afraid to stand up and speak out.”
The Washington Post has since added a detailed editor’s note to Heard’s op-ed to highlight how it was ruled defamatory.