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TELL-ALL INTERVIEW: Amber Heard says she doesn’t blame the haters, the jury; she blames social media for a lack of “fair representation”

Johnny Depp‘s ex-wife Amber Heard is speaking out for the first time since the verdict was read in the defamation trial between the two that took place in Virginia over the course of six weeks.

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The 36-year-old Aquaman actress Amber Heard sat down with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie from the Today show, to talk about the trial that played out for millions of viewers in April and May of this year. It is her first on-camera interview since the ending of the televised defamation trial that pit Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp against each other on either side of a courtroom in the Fairfax County Virginia Courthouse.

Following the jury’s verdict on June 1, Amber Heard released a statement, sharing her “disappointment” and “heartbreak” over the jury’s findings.

“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.”

Heard went on to say that her greater disappointment centers around what the jury’s verdict means for other women.

“It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.”

But despite the sentiment in her post-verdict statement, Amber Heard told Savannah Guthrie that she doesn’t blame the jury or the general public who disbelieve her. In a clip of the interview, which aired on Monday morning’s episode of Today on NBC, Heard said she didn’t receive “fair representation” during the trial, largely due to the influence of social media.

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“I don’t care what one thinks about me or what judgment you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home in my marriage, behind closed doors,” Heard said. “I don’t presume the average person should know these things, so I don’t take it personally.”

But Heard continued by saying that even those who hate her can see that she wasn’t represented fairly.

“Even somebody who is sure I am deserving of all this hate and vitriol, even if you think that I am lying, you still couldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that you think on social media there’s been a fair representation,” she explained.

Heard also spoke about the jury involved in the case, saying she doesn’t blame them for their verdict.

“The jury looked at the evidence you presented, they listened to your testimony, and they did not believe you,” said Savannah Guthrie. “They thought you were lying.”

Heard responded, asking, “How could they make a judgment? How could they not come to that conclusion?”

“They had sat in those seats and heard over three weeks of nonstop relentless testimony from paid employees and, towards the end of the trial, randos, as I say,” Heard explained. “I don’t blame [the jurors]; I actually understand. [Depp is] a beloved character, and people feel they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.”

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Guthrie told Heard that the jurors are tasked with not being “dazzled” by the stars in the courtroom; that they are to consider only the facts and evidence.

“Again, how could they?” Heard responded. “After listening to three and a half weeks of testimony about how I was a non-credible person, [and] not to believe a word that came out of my mouth?”

Clips from the Amber Heard post-trial interview will air this week during the Today show. The full interview will air during a special edition of Dateline on Friday, June 17, and at that time, the interview will also be available on the Peacock streaming platform.

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