Amber Heard says Johnny Depp’s vow to bring her “total global humiliation” has come true

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In clips from her first interview since her high-profile defamation trial against Johnny Depp, Amber Heard was asked about texts from Depp shown in court in which he said she was going to get “total global humiliation” – and said she still had love for her ex-husband.

If you’ve been on social media at all this week, you’ll no doubt have seen clips from NBC’s much-talked-about interview with Amber Heard

Just over two weeks since a jury in Fairfax, Virginia, awarded Johnny Depp a multi-million-dollar victory in his defamation suit against the Aquaman star, the actor has appeared in her first TV interview since the ruling.

While the full version of the interview, which was conducted by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, will air on Friday, NBC has been dropping teaser clips from the sit-down all week in which Heard speaks openly about her experiences.

In the latest clip which dropped on Wednesday (15 June), Heard is asked whether she believes Depp has succeeded in bringing her “total global humiliation” – as he wrote in a text to a friend shown in court.  

“I know he promised it,” she responds. “I testified to this – I’m not a ‘good victim’, I get it. I’m not a likeable victim, I’m not a perfect victim. But when I testified, I asked the jury to just see me as human and hear his own words, which is a promise to do this. It feels as though he has [succeeded].”

Later on in the clip, Heard is also asked about the impact the trial has had on her confidence to speak about her experiences, and whether she’s scared that Depp will sue her for defamation again (“Of course”). 

She is also challenged about a statement she released prior to the trial kicking off back in April, in which she says she has “always maintained” love for her ex-husband.

“Absolutely – I love him,” she says when Guthrie asks whether that statement is still true. “I loved him with all my heart. And I tried the best I could to make a deeply broken relationship work. And I couldn’t.” 

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In a clip from the interview released earlier this week, Heard also revealed how it felt to turn up to court surrounded by Depp supporters – many of whom were vocal in their opposition to the Aquaman star.

“Every single day, I passed three, four, sometimes six blocks lined with people holding signs saying ‘Burn the witch’, ‘Death to Amber’,” she explained. “After three and a half weeks, I took the stand and saw a courtroom packed full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans, who were vocal, energised.

“This was the most humiliating and horrible thing I’ve ever been through. I have never felt more removed from my own humanity. I felt less than human.”

On 1 June, a jury in Fairfax, Virginia, ruled that Heard had defamed Depp three times in her 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post, in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”. 

The jury also found that Depp was liable for one defamatory statement made by his former lawyer Adam Waldman, but the Pirates Of The Caribbean star was awarded substantially more in punitive and compensatory damages. 

In another earlier snippet from the interview, Heard addressed the fact that the jury hadn’t believed her account of events, and said she would stand by her testimony “to her dying day”.

She also addressed claims made by Depp’s lawyers that she had failed to take responsibility for anything during the pair’s marriage, admitting that she had done and said “horrible, regrettable things” over the course of their time together.

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“I behaved in horrible, almost unrecognisable to myself, ways – I have so much regret,” she told Guthrie. “I freely and openly and voluntarily talked about what I did – I talked about the horrible language, I talked about being pushed to the extent where I didn’t even know the difference between right and wrong.” 

When the verdict came in at the beginning of the month, both Heard and Depp issued separate public statements responding to the jury’s findings, with the latter saying he was “truly humbled” by the decision that had been reached.

The pair’s legal teams have also appeared in separate TV interviews, with Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft confirming that the actor plans to appeal the verdict.

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and women’s issues. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenjanegeall.