Amber Heard doubles: ‘Dateline’ interview takeaways

Amber Heard doubles: ‘Dateline’ interview takeaways

Amber Heard doubles: ‘Dateline’ interview takeaways

“This would be a really bad way to get revenge,” Amber Heard said as she opened up to Savannah Guthrie, explaining why she was doing her first sit-down interview since Heard’s defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp. She’s not vindictive, Heard said.

“I just want people to see me as a human being,” she said when the “Dateline” special kicked off Friday.

The interview — which will be available to watch on NBC.com and Peacock — was drip fed throughout the week, culminating in the hour-long exclusive on NBC. The special promised the first insights into what it was like to be in the shoes of Aquaman’s opponent during the trial, which ended earlier this month.

The chilling effect

Even Guthrie seemed aware of the risks that Heard would continue to plead her case after a Depp won his defamation claims and was awarded more than $10 million.

“Are you nervous, as we are here today, about what to say now?” asked Guthrie.

Heard said she was terrified of being charged by Depp again.

“I took for granted what I took as my right to speak up, not just about what I’ve been through, but about what I knew,” Heard said.

Heard portrayed how her experience in this case illustrated the fear women have of alleged abusers. The “Aquaman” opponent reiterated her claims that Depp physically abused her — claims Depp has denied.

Guthrie reminded Heard that no other women had come forward to accuse Depp of physical assault, to which Heard replied, “Look what happened to me when I came forward. Would you?”

For those who may be living in fear, she said, “I’m still here. And maybe that serves to balance out some of the very, very real fear others may have of coming forward or speaking out.

She still loves Johnny

After a controversial, messy trial, it may surprise some that Heard would still have affection for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star. Guthrie reminded Heard that she issued a statement on the first day of the trial stating that she still loved Depp. Guthrie asked Heard if she still felt that way after all that had happened.

“Absolutely. I love him. I loved him with all my heart. And I tried my best to make a deeply broken relationship work, but it didn’t work out,” Heard said.

More evidence

One of the big arguments Heard has made since she largely lost her defamation case against Depp is that there was evidence that would have helped her case that was not presented to the jury. Heard won one of the three defamation charges she brought against Depp, and he won all three of the claims against her.

In the “Dateline” interview, Heard gave Guthrie access to a folder of her therapist’s notes from 2011, claiming to simultaneously document her allegations of domestic violence.

“There is a folder of years of notes dating back to 2011 from the very beginning of my relationship that were made by my doctor, to whom I reported the abuse,” Heard said.

Guthrie said the doctor was Heard’s therapist at the time. NBC reviewed the notes and said they showed Heard talked about physical abuse as early as 2012.

According to the NBC report, in those logs, Heard told her therapist in January 2012 that Depp “beat her, threw her on the floor,” and in 2013, the therapist reported that Heard reported that “he threw her into a wall and threatened to kill her.” .”

Heard said she was simultaneously taking notes of what happened, and her team also shared text messages that showed she was telling her father about alleged cases of abuse by Depp.

In the interview, Guthrie said Depp’s lawyers responded that the judge’s rulings were fair, and a Depp spokesperson told NBC that it is “unfortunate that the defendant and her team are repeating the cases already decided by the court.” , rethink and advocate.”

Another memorable moment?

When Heard said her dog stepped on a bee during her court testimony, it spawned a thousand memes. On Friday, the actress may have offered critics another “huh?” moment.

When Guthrie recalled that Camille Vasquez, one of Depp’s attorneys, said Heard gave “the performance of his life” in court, the actress replied: “Says the lawyer for the man who convinced the world that he used scissors as fingers? I am the artist?”

The moment “Edward Scissorhands” was trending on social media, even Redbox, the video rental company, stepped in. “It was all fake?!” the company tweeted.

Heard said she was portrayed as a bad actress, with Warner Bros. director Walter Hamada blaming her lack of chemistry on “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa as the reason for cutting back on her screen time.

“I’d been listening to testimonials for weeks that suggested, or said very directly, that you know I’m a terrible actress. So — I’m — I’m a little confused how I can be both,” Heard said.

Guthrie confronted Heard

Guthrie, who prefaced her interviews with the fact that her husband had consulted for Johnny Depp’s camp, was not reluctant to take the opportunity to confront Heard about inconsistencies she saw in her evidence. But Heard said she stuck to her words.

“As you sit here today, will you stand by your testimony and your allegations against Johnny Depp about abuse?” asked Guthrie.

“Of course, and I will until the day I die,” Heard replied.