Amber Heard says Johnny Depp's exes fear repercussions for accusing him of violence

Amber Heard departs the Fairfax County Courthouse on June 1, 2022. Johnny Depp's defamation trial against her has captivated the country for weeks. (Photo: Getty Images)

Amber Heard has claimed that Johnny Depp's other ex-girlfriends may be too terrified of retaliation to accuse him of abuse publicly.

In her interview on NBC's Dateline on Friday night, the Aquaman star reacted to Savannah Guthrie's question on why she is the only ex-girlfriend of Johnny Depp to accuse him of violence publicly.

"Observe what happened to me when I spoke up," she remarked.

"Would you?"

Ms. Heard testified to many alleged abuse incidences throughout the couple's dramatic defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mr. Depp denied ever harming Ms. Heard, claiming she was the abuser in their relationship.

At a dramatic point of the trial, the supermodel Kate Moss testified that her ex-boyfriend Mr. Depp was never abusive toward her throughout their 1990s relationship.

Ms. Heard mentioned a rumor that Mr. Depp allegedly pushed Ms. Moss down the stairs during the trial.

Ms. Moss was subsequently brought as a witness, where she testified that she did fall down a flight of stairs when the pair was on vacation in Jamaica and that Mr. Depp cared for her.

She stated, "He never pushed, kicked, or threw me down any stairs."

Ellen Barkin, another one of Mr. Depp's ex-girlfriends, testified that he once flung a wine bottle across a hotel room when they were dating in the early 1990s.

She testified that the bottle did not strike her or anybody else in the room but was thrown toward her and the group of individuals in the hotel room at the time.

In her first interview since losing her defamation case against her ex-husband and being ordered to pay him $8.35 million in damages, Ms. Heard spoke on Johnny Depp's past relationships.

During the interview, Ms. Heard told Ms. Guthrie that she still "loves" Mr. Depp, swore to abide by her testimony until "her dying day," and described speaking out about alleged sexual assault as the "most terrifying, intimidating thing."

Mr. Depp's team released a statement regarding the interview on Thursday, stating, "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 jury verdict that was unanimously in Johnny's favor."

If Mr. Depp and his team have an issue with this, we urge that Johnny meet with Savannah Gutherie for an hour and answer all her questions.

Mr. Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife over an opinion piece she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018. She portrayed herself as a victim of domestic abuse and spoke of feeling "the full force of our culture's wrath for women who speak out."

Earlier this month, after a dramatic six-week trial, a jury of seven found that Ms. Heard had defamed him on all three counts.

The jury awarded Mr. Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Still, Fairfax County Circuit Judge Penney Azcarate limited the punitive damages to the state-mandated maximum of $350,000.

Ms. Heard prevailed in one of her three counterclaims against her ex-husband, with the jury determining that Mr. Depp, through his attorney Adam Waldman, defamed her by labeling her 2016 allegations as "an ambush, a hoax."

She was given $2 million in compensatory damages and zero dollars in punitive penalties, leaving the Aquaman star out of pocket $8.35 million.

Publish : 2022-06-18 20:50:00

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