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Amber Heard Doesn't Blame The Jury For Siding With Johnny Depp In The Defamation Trials

Amber Heard says she doesn't blame the jury that awarded her ex-husband Johnny Depp more than USD 10 million after a heated six-week libel lawsuit. She calls Depp a beloved and a fantastic person and said she understands why the jury favored him.

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Post the 'Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard Defamation Trials', in her first interview, actress Amber Heard says she doesn't blame the jury that awarded actor Johnny Depp more than USD 10 million after a heated six-week libel lawsuit.

“I don't blame them," Heard told the co-host of 'Today,' Savannah Guthrie in an interview clip aired Monday, June 13 on NBC. "I actually understand. He's a beloved character and people feel they know him. He's a fantastic actor.”

On Tuesday and Wednesday, 'Today' will run more of its interview with Heard. The interview airs roughly two weeks after the verdict, which included a $2 million payout to Heard for claiming that one of Depp's attorneys defamed her.

Depp sued Heard for libel in Virginia over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers said he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name.

The verdicts placed an end to a televised trial that Depp hopes will help him reclaim his reputation, despite the fact that it grew into a spectacle that provided a peek into a tumultuous marriage and left both actors with uncertain career prospects.

Guthrie pressed Heard on her credibility and what it meant to jurors in the clips released. “There's no polite way to say it. The jury looked at the evidence you presented. They listened to your testimony and they did not believe you," she said. "They thought you were lying.”

Heard responded, “How could they not come to that conclusion? They had sat in those seats and heard over three weeks of non-stop, relentless testimony from paid employees” and witnesses the actor described as “randos” or random people."

Depp, who has not yet done a formal interview about the case, has said the verdict gave him his life back. Heard said in a statement after the verdict that she was heartbroken, while her attorney said in a separate “Today” interview that her client was “demonized” on social media and she plans to appeal the judgment.

“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, and so I don't take it personally,” Heard told Guthrie.

“You still couldn't look me in the eye and tell me that you think on social media there's been a fair representation. You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair,” Heard said.

The interview with Heard will also be featured in Friday's “Dateline” episode. 

[With Inputs from PTI]