Amber Heard, in her first post-verdict interview, said she doesn’t blame the jury. The actress also opened up about the hate and vitriol she had to go through on social media during her defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp, which the actress called “unfair”.
The intense legal battle between the two Hollywood actors, which was live-streamed to millions, went on for six weeks with the US jury eventually awarding Depp over $10 million in damages and $2 million to Heard, who had counter-sued.
During the trial, social media was flooded with posts and opinions, mostly favouring Depp and criticising Heard. While Depp emerged as the winner on the Internet before the trial was even over, Heard was massively trolled and was a subject of hate and threats.
How could they make a judgement, how could they not come to that conclusion?” Heard told NBC in her first interview since the verdict. “I don’t blame them. I actually understand he’s a beloved character. And people feel they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.
Depp sued Heard over a Washington Post op-ed in which she did not name him, but described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse. Heard counter-sued after Depp’s lawyer described her abuse claims as a “hoax.
Online public opinion during the trial appeared to come down heavily on Depp’s side, and Heard’s lawyers accused his legal team of working to “demonize” her.
In other news – Khanyi Mbau is to be roasted on Comedy Central
Fresh from her trip to Dubai, actress and TV personality Khanyi Mbau is ready to take the hot seat as she makes her way to the stage for the upcoming edition of Comedy Central Roast.
Mbau is the first African woman to feature on the throne and will sit fearlessly as other celebrities sharpen their claws. Previous celebrities who faced the heat include Somizi Mhlongo. Learn more