Amber Heard insists she spoke the truth during her trial with Johnny Depp.
“Until my dying day, [I] will be with every word of my testimony,” Heard told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in her first sit-down interview since the high-profile defamation lawsuit.
“I’ll say his lawyers certainly did a better job of distracting the jury from the real issues,” she added in the clip, which aired on Tuesday’s show “Today.”
The seven-member jury in Fairfax County, Virginia, awarded Depp $15 million in damages on June 1, after finding that Heard’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed about sexual assault was defamatory and impacted on her ex-husband’s career. .
The “Aquaman” actress, for her part, was awarded $2 million as part of a lawsuit for a defamatory statement by the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s attorney.
Heard, 36, reiterated to Guthrie, 50, that she only got physical with Depp, 59, as she tried to defend herself against his alleged abuse.
“As I testified in the stands…when your life is on the line, not only will you take the blame for things you shouldn’t be blamed for, but also when you’re in a violent dynamic, psychologically, emotionally and physically, you don’t have the resources that, say, you or I have, with the luxury of saying, “Hey, this is black and white,” she said.
“Because it’s anything but when you live in it.”
Heard also addressed the social media storm surrounding the trial.
“I wouldn’t blame the average person for looking at this and how it’s handled and not thinking it’s Hollywood candies at their worst,” she said. “But what people don’t understand is that it’s actually so much bigger than that.”
When Guthrie asked if Depp’s attorney called her testimony the “performance of a lifetime,” Heard replied, “Does the lawyer say the man who convinced the world he had scissors for fingers?” referring to Depp’s 1990 movie “Edward Scissorhands”.
“I’d been listening to testimonials for weeks – insinuating that or saying very directly that, you know, I’m a terrible actress. So I’m a bit confused how I can be both,” she joked.
Depp and Heard were married from 2015 to 2017.