Amber Heard has suggested that Johnny Depp’s other former partners may be too scared of a reaction to come forward with allegations of abuse against the pirates of the caribbean star.
In her interview on NBC’s date line on Friday evening, the Aquarius actor responded to a question from Savannah Guthrie about why she is the only one of Depp’s exes to publicly accuse him of violence.
“Look what happened to me when I came forward,” she said.
During the couple’s explosive defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia, Ms. Heard testified about multiple alleged abuses.
Depp denied ever abusing Ms Heard and instead claimed she was the abuser in their relationship.
In a dramatic moment of the trial, supermodel Kate Moss testified that her ex-boyfriend, Mr. Depp, was never violent towards her when they dated in the 1990s.
During the trial, Ms. Heard referred to a rumor that Mr. Depp had once pushed Ms. Moss down the stairs.
Ms Moss was subsequently called as a witness where she testified that she had fallen down a flight of stairs while the couple were on holiday in Jamaica and that Mr Depp was looking after her at the time.
“He never pushed, kicked or threw me down a flight of stairs,” she said.
Actor Ellen Barkin, one of Mr. Depp’s other former partners, also testified, saying that Mr. Depp once threw a wine bottle through a hotel room when they were dating in the early 1990s.
The bottle did not hit her or anyone else in the room, she testified, but was thrown at her and the group of people in the hotel room.
Ms. Heard made comments about Mr. Depp’s former relationships in her first interview since losing the defamation lawsuit with her ex-husband and was ordered to pay him $8.35 million in damages.
During the interview, Ms. Heard told Ms. Guthrie that she still loves Mr. Depp, vowed to stand by her testimony until her “dying day” and said the “scariest, most intimidating thing” was to speak out about alleged Sexual violence.
On Thursday, Mr. Depp’s team released a statement about the interview saying: “It is unfortunate that, as Johnny wants to move forward with his life, the defendant and her team are again repeating, rethinking and re-litigating cases that have already been decided. by the court and a verdict that was unequivocally decided by a jury in Johnny’s favor.”
Ms. Heard’s team responded with a statement of their own, saying, “If Mr. Depp or his team has a problem with this, we recommend Johnny herself sit down with Savannah Gutherie for an hour and answer all of her questions.”
Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation over a 2018 op-ed The Washington Post where she described herself as a victim of domestic violence and spoke of feeling “the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out”.
After the dramatic six-week trial, a jury of seven earlier this month found that Ms. Heard had defamed him on all three counts.
Jurors awarded Mr. Depp $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages, before Fairfax County Circuit Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the latter to the state’s $350,000 legal limit.
Ms Heard won one of her three counterclaims against her ex-husband, with the jury finding that Mr Depp – through his attorney Adam Waldman – defamed her by labeling her allegations over an incident in 2016 as “an ambush, a hoax”.
She was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages but $0 in punitive damages, forcing the Aquarius actor $8.35 million out of pocket.