Amber Heard’s Lawyer Says She Was ‘Demonized’ During Johnny Depp Libel Trial E! News UK

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Amber Heard’s attorney says the jury didn’t believe the ‘Aquaman’ actress because she was ‘demonized’ and Johnny Depp’s legal team managed to suppress a ‘huge amount of evidence,” according to a recent interview.

Savannah Guthrie on TODAY asked if the verdict awarding Depp $10.35 million in his explosive libel case meant the jury “didn’t believe a word of it,” Heard said.

“It’s because she was demonized here,” Bredehoft told Guthrie the day after Heard’s devastating loss in Fairfax County Circuit Court, capping a grueling seven-week trial.

“A number of things have been allowed in this court that should not have been allowed. It confused the jury,” the attorney said.

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After approximately 12 hours of deliberation, the jury found that Heard defamed Depp in all of his claims and awarded him $15 million, which was reduced by the judge to $10.35 million in accordance with Virginia law. The panel found Heard on a single claim, awarding him $2 million.

In response to Guthrie asking if Heard could pay the substantial amount, Bredehoft replied “Oh, no, absolutely not. »

Amber Heard leaves the Fairfax County Courthouse on June 1, 2022, flanked by her sister, Whitney Henriquez Heard, after ex-husband Johnny Depp won his libel case against her.
(Tom Brenner/Reuters)

Bredehoft said Depp’s team was also able to suppress key evidence, including Heard’s medical records, which showed she reported the alleged abuse to her therapist as early as 2012.

A text message from Depp’s assistant corroborating the alleged abuse and the verdict of the UK trial has also not arrived.

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After Depp sued The Sun newspaper in England for calling him a wife beater, a judge ruled against him in 2020, finding the actor abused Heard in 12 of 14 alleged incidents.

In response to a question about whether jurors were aware of the “lopsided and vitriolic” social media frenzy against Heard, Bredehoft said there was no getting away from it.

A combination of photos of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in court on May 23, 2022.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool)

“They went home every night,” she said of the seven jurors who decided the case. “They have families, families are on social media. »

The live trial was everywhere, and the decision to allow cameras in the courtroom “made it a zoo,” Bredehoft said.

JOHNNY DEPP AND AMBER HEARD RELEASE STATEMENTS FOLLOWING JURY VERDICT

Hearing the verdict was not easy for Heard, who was present in court as Depp flew to England for a tour with guitarist Jeff Beck, according to Bredehoft.

“One of the first things she said was ‘I’m so sorry for all those women,'” Bredehoft told TODAY. “It is a setback for all women inside and outside the courtroom, and she feels the burden. »

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The decision, she added, sends a “horrifying message” to survivors of abuse, who will only be believed if they record their spouse, in the moment, beating them.

The jury found that Heard defamed Depp in a 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post, identifying herself as a public figure representing domestic violence. The piece did not refer to Depp by name.

Heard plans to appeal.

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