During an explosive TV interview, Amber Heard publicly accused her ex-husband, Johnny Depp of physical abuse, again, insisting that she will ‘stand by every word of her testimony... until the day she dies.'
Amber Heard Accuses Johnny Depp Of Physical Abuse AGAIN
During the sit-down interview, Heard accused the jury in the trial of being duped by her ex-husband, branding him as nothing more than a "fantastic actor" who "convinced the world he had scissors for fingers," in a bizarre reference to his performance as Edward Scissorhands in Tim Burton's 1990 film.
When asked about allegations made by Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez - who shot to online fame after her ferocious cross-examination of Heard on the stand - that she had been 'performing' on the stand and that she had lied about the abuse she claims she suffered at the hands of Depp, Heard quickly clapped back at Guthrie, 50.
'Says the lawyer for the man who convinced the world he had scissors for fingers,' Heard hit back. 'I'm the performer? I had listened to weeks of testimony insinuating, or saying quite directly, that I'm a terrible actress. So I'm a bit confused how I could be both.'
A jury determined earlier this month that Heard defamed her ex-husband by posting an article in the Washington Post about being a sexual assault survivor. The judge ordered her to pay Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, albeit the judge reduced the second amount to $350,000 due to Virginia law. Depp, 59, was given a paltry $2 million in compensatory damages, leaving Heard owing him $8.35 million at the end of the case.
Even though a jury found her ex-husband guilty of three charges of defamation against him, Heard refused to retract her allegations of violence against him, instead of digging down on her assertions that he was physically abusive.
'He said he never hit you. Is that a lie?' Guthrie questioned, to which Heard responded bluntly: 'Yes it is.'
She added: 'To my dying day, I will stand by every word of my testimony.'
Heard also accused Depp's lawyers, Vasquez and her associate Benjamin Chew, of attempting to 'distract the jury from the real issues' during the trial, admitting that they had 'done a better job' than her legal team at doing so.
Her latest public charges of violence against her ex-husband will undoubtedly raise doubts about whether Depp has a case to sue her for defamation - and could throw a wrench in Heard's intentions to appeal the judgment in the couple's earlier defamation trial.
Heard also claimed that the trial had brought into question her First Amendment right to free speech, alleging that she had "spoken her truth and spoken it to power" only to be "punished" as a result.
When questioned by Guthrie about audio excerpts aired during the six-week trial in which the actress admitted to physically abusing Depp, Heard argued that she only ever 'responded to [physical violence]' and that she 'never instigated it.'
'I never had to instigate it, I responded to it,' she claimed. 'When you're living in violence and it becomes normal - as I testified to - you have to adapt.'
'I know much has been made of these audio tapes,' she said. 'They were first leaked online after being edited. What you would hear in these clips [was] not evidence of what was happening, it was evidence of negotiation, of how to talk about that with your abuser.'
She continued: 'As I testified on the stand about it. When your life is at risk, not only will you take the blame for things that you shouldn't take the blame for, but when you are in an abusive dynamic - psychologically, emotionally, and physically - you don't have the resources or the luxury of saying, "Hey this is black and white."’
'Because it is anything but when you are living in it.'
'I did do and say horrible, regrettable things throughout my relationship,' she confessed. 'I behaved in horrible, almost unrecognizable to myself ways. I have so much regret. I freely and hopefully and voluntarily talked about what I did. I talked about the horrible language. I talked about being pushed to the extent where I didn't even know the difference between right and wrong.’
'I will always continue to feel like I was a part of this. Like I was the other half of this relationship because I was.'
'It was ugly,' Heard continued, describing her marriage to and connection with Depp as both 'terrible' and 'beautiful.' And it has the potential to be rather lovely. It was deadly toxic. We made numerous mistakes. But I've always been honest.
The interview, which was recorded last week, will air in three parts on the Today show this week, with the first clip airing on Monday; the full interview will air on NBC's Dateline on Friday at 8 p.m.
Heard also insisted that the jury's decision was influenced by what she called "unfair social media representation" and her husband calling on "paid employees and randos" to testify on his behalf during the first part of the interview with Guthrie, who last week interviewed Depp's legal team on the show and whose husband Michael Feldman consulted for them during the trial.
Guthrie, 50, appeared on the Today show less than a week after meeting with Depp's lawyers Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez, who rejected any allegation that social media played a role in the jury's decision as "utterly false."
'My view is that social media played no role whatsoever this was a decision made by the jury on the evidence. It was overwhelmingly in Depp's favor,' said Chew.