Amber Heard latest interview: 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’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 the 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

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Amber Heard claims text messages not allowed in trial are evidence of physical abuse from Johnny Depp

Amber Heard claimed that text messages she sent to friends and family during her relationship with Johnny Depp are evidence of the physical abuse she suffered during their marriage.

In her interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, which aired on Dateline on Friday night, Ms Heard’s legal team shared multiple messages she had sent to her therapist and her father.

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

The Independent‘s Amanda Whiting has the full story:

Rachel Sharp18 June 2022 14:45

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What is Savannah Guthrie’s connection to Depp?

Heard’s decision to give her first post-verdict interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie is interesting – given the broadcaster’s personal links to Depp.

The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad explains:

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Heard interview comes as appeal looms

The day after the verdict was handed down on June 1, Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft said her client “absolutely” will appeal.

Here are three attorneys who spoke to The Independent‘s Clémence Michallon said about her potential avenues for appeal:

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Heard says she fears Johnny Depp will sue her again

Heard revealed her fear that Depp could sue her for defamation again during her interview with Ms Guthrie.

“I’m scared that no matter what I do, no matter what I say or how I say it, every step I take will present another opportunity for this sort of silencing,” she said. “Which is what I guess a defamation lawsuit is meant to do, it’s meant to take your voice.”

The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports:

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Trial juror says Heard’s ‘ice cold’ testimony perceived as ‘crocodile tears’

A juror in Depp and Heard’s defamation trial broke his silence this week to reveal that her “ice cold” testimony was perceived as “crocodile tears” by the panel.

Rachel Sharp has the latest:

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Heard shares anguish from testifying on alleged sexual assault in court

Expanding on the intense media pressure around the trial, Heard told Ms Guthrie about the difficulties of airing her sexual assault allegations in front of the busy court.

“In that courtroom I am testifying about sexual assault and domestic violence next to a jury, in front of a whole packed courtroom of people who were expressing their vocal support [for Depp] and disdain for me, ”she explained.

Depp has always denied the allegations of assault made against him.

The Independent’s Leonie Cooper reports:

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Heard discusses ‘barricades’ and ‘protected entrance’ she used to enter court

Heard opened up to Ms Guthrie about the protective measures that were implemented for her during the trial.

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

“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 more:

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Heard says she has ‘binder’ of notes about abuse

Describing evidence that a judge blocked at the trial, Heard told Ms Guthrie how her doctor kept contemporary notes of the physical abuse she suffered while married to Depp.

“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,” said Heard.

Ms Guthrie and her reporting team at NBC looked at the notes to confirm what Heard had been telling her therapist since 2012.

The Independent’s Amanda Whiting reports:

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

Heard was grilled by Ms Guthrie about being “caught in a lie” over her pledge to donate her $ 7m divorce settlement to charity in a portion of the NBC interview aired earlier this week.

Ms Guthrie pointed out 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.

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 should not 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 reports:

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