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'We were awful to each other – but I told the truth': Amber Heard gives first interview since Johnny Depp's libel win

Amber Heard claimed that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were “awful” to one another during their “toxic” relationship. She admitted she made many mistakes, but she always told the truth.

After six weeks of evidence, the actress stated that she would continue to stand by her testimony in Fairfax, Virginia.

Heard spoke with Savannah Guthrie, NBC News in her first interview about the trial.

When asked about Depp’s claim he never hit Heard and if this was a lie, the actress replied: “Yes, it is.”

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Depp, now 59, denies that he had abused Heard.

She spoke out about her own behavior during the relationship and said that she did say and did horrible things. I behaved in terrible, almost unrecognisable ways. I am so sorry.

“I freely, openly, and voluntarily discussed what I did. I spoke about the terrible language and how I was pushed to the point where I couldn’t tell the difference between right or wrong.

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“I will always feel like I was part of this, like the other half of that relationship. Because I was. It was both ugly and beautiful.

It was extremely toxic. They were terrible to one another. I made many mistakes, lots of mistakes. “I have always been truthful.”

Heard responded to the suggestion that some members of the public were “frankly dismayed” at what happened in court.

“But people don’t realize that it is so much more than that. This isn’t just about our first amendment.

Guthrie intervened to state that the first amendment protects freedom speech, but not “lies which amount to defamation” and that that was the issue in this case.

Heard, 36, also presented evidence that she was violent in her relationship with Depp.

She said, “I didn’t have to initiate it.” I responded. It becomes normal to live in violence. You have to learn to adapt, as I was able to attest to.

After a preview on Tuesday, the first half of the interview aired. Heard stated that she understood why jurors believed Depp over her. She described Depp as a “loved character” and people feel that they know him. She said that she was also portrayed during the trial as a “non credible person”.

Six weeks of testimony culminated in the court case ending on June 1. The jury found that Heard’s 2018 article for the Washington Post about her experiences as a domestic abuse survivor was defamatory and concluded that the jury should have dismissed the article.

Image Depp had just returned from a tour of the UK with Jeff Beck, when the verdict was rendered

In damages, the actor received $10.35m (PS8.2m).

Heard won on one count of her countersuit. She successfully argued that Depp’s attorney defamed her, claiming her allegations were an “abuse hoax” to capitalize on the #MeToo movement.

Her jury awarded her $2m (PS1.5m), in damages.

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Depp, who was present in court to testify, denied that he had abused Heard. He also told jurors that the allegations of domestic violence made by his ex-wife were “heinous” and “disturbing”.

He stated that he was obsessed with finding out the truth about their relationship.

He said, “I felt it was mine responsibility to clear my name as well as my children from the horrible thing they were being told about my father.” “My goal was the truth because it hurt me that people I had met over the years would think I was a fraudster and had lied.”

Depp later in the trial was asked about Heard’s testimony and said that it was insane to hear Heard make such horrible accusations against me.

“I don’t think anyone likes to have to be open and tell the truth. But there are times when it’s necessary to do so because things have gotten out of control.”

Then he paused and said: “Horrible. Ridiculous. Humiliating. Ludicrous. Painful. Savage. Inhumanely brutal, cruel, and all… false. All false.”

Depp, who had appeared in court to present all evidence, was not present for the verdict. Instead, he toured the UK with Jeff Beck.

Following the verdict, his lawyers appeared on Good Morning America and Today in the USA.

Elaine Bredehoft is one of Heard’s lawyers. She has stated that she will appeal.

On Wednesday, the second half of the interview with the actress will air.

Sky News reached out to Depp’s representatives in order to get their opinion.

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