Amber Heard Slams ‘Unfair’ Role Social Media Played in Johnny Depp Case

Amber Heard on the Today show (Credit: NBC)

In her first interview since her legal battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp ended earlier this month, Amber Heard said she doesn’t “blame” the jury for siding with Depp. Instead, she believes the case was influenced by “unfair” treatment she received on social media.

Heard made the comments in a preview on Monday, for a sit-down interview she did with Savannah Guthrie for NBC’s Today show.

“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,” Heard said. “So I don’t take it personally.”

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The Aquaman actress called out the “vitriol” she received on social media from the millions of people who watched the trial on TV and online.

“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,” she said. “You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair.”

An NBC article accompanying the preview of Heard’s interview said the TikTok hashtag #justiceforjohnnydepp garnered nearly 20 billion views while #justiceforamberheard had 27 million views.

Heard added that she doesn’t fault the jury for siding with Depp.

“I don’t blame them. I actually understand,” she said. “He’s a beloved character and people feel they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.”

Depp sued Heard for $50 million, saying she defamed him in a 2018 op-ed column in The Washington Post. Heard counter-sued Depp for $100 million over comments his former lawyer made calling her domestic abuse allegations a “hoax.”

The jury awarded the Pirates of the Caribbean actor $15 million in his defamation lawsuit against Heard. Although the judge in the case later lowered the amount by about $5 million in accordance with Virginia law. The jury said Heard should receive $2 million in compensatory damages and no money for punitive damages.

More of Heard’s interview will air Tuesday and Wednesday on Today, and in primetime on Dateline this Friday.