Online Twitter users have unleashed a furious tirade on Amber Heard after she sat down for an explosive interview with the Today show in which she discussed the ‘unfair’ verdict in her defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp, calling the interview ‘painful to watch’ and claiming that they’ve ‘heard enough of her sickening lies.’
During the shocking new interview – which was pre-recorded on Thursday in New York City and is airing in three parts throughout the week – the actress insisted that she’s going to ‘stand by every word of her testimony until the day she dies,’ less than two weeks after she was found guilty of defaming her ex by claiming that he abused her during their marriage.
The 36-year-old blasted Depp, 59, as a ‘liar’ and reiterated her claims that he beat her during their marriage, while speaking to Today host Savannah Guthrie.
Now, the Aquaman star is facing fierce backlash from social media users – with one accusing her of ‘acting’ throughout the appearance and another saying it made them ‘sick to their stomach’ to listen to her ‘bull s**t.’
Twitter users have unleashed a furious tirade on Amber Heard after she did an interview with the Today show in which she discussed the verdict in her trial against Johnny Depp
One social media user called the explosive interview ‘painful to watch,’ while another claimed that they’ve ‘heard enough of her sickening lies’
During the shocking sit-down with Savannah Guthrie, the actress insisted she’s going to ‘stand by every word of her testimony until the day she dies’ after found guilty of defaming her ex
Now, the star is facing fierce backlash from online users – with one accusing her of ‘acting’ throughout the appearance and another saying it made them ‘sick to their stomach’ to watch it
‘I’ve heard enough of her sickening lies,’ one person wrote on Twitter after the interview aired.
‘She is such a liar that is just painful to watch,’ added another, while someone else said, ‘And the Oscar goes to…’
A fourth tweet read, ‘Contrived performance yet again.’
Other viewers tweeted, ‘She needs professional help,’ and, ‘What a sad human being.’
‘I’m sick of listening to her BS. Listening to her made me sick to my stomach. She contradicts herself constantly. her 15 minutes of fame is over,’ wrote a different Twitter user.
Another person slammed the Today show for ‘enabling an abuser,’ while someone else said the network has ‘sunk to a new low,’ and a third bashed them for ‘giving credit to a manipulative piece of s**t like Heard.’
‘Nobody believes her Savannah. Give it up and stop interviewing abusers,’ responded one disgruntled Twitter user.
‘Shame on you. Women do tell lies, they are not always truthful, and this witch got caught. Her reputation is done.’
Another wrote, ‘Quit enabling this abuser and stop giving her air time. She said she wanted to move on, so why is she not?’
‘Nice to see news [organizations] still giving credit to a manipulative piece of s**t like Amber Heard,’ agreed someone else.
‘If this trial had gone the other way, no chance in Hell we’d see any news org even touch Johnny Depp. But that’s the news nowadays – needs viewers, clicks, and money.’
Another person slammed the Today show for ‘enabling an abuser,’ while someone else bashed them for ‘giving credit to a manipulative piece of s**t like Heard’
‘As if she was not given a chance to prove her side in the court?’ asked a different user. ‘Now NBC has given [her] that opportunity? I hate [NBC] to the core.’
‘So sad. The Today show has sunk to a new low,’ read another tweet.
‘Enough already – these two celebrities have gotten more court time and TV time than important things. Stop covering this toxic slurry relationship… Please!’ begged a different person.
‘She’s a liar. Why would she be given a platform to continue to lie?’ tweeted one viewer, while another called it a ‘total waste of broadcast time.’
‘NBC gives domestic abusers the spotlight. Shame on NBC,’ wrote another user.
Someone else said, ‘Interview the abuser and promote her lies, meanwhile, ignore the victim.’
‘Why the Hell are you seriously allowing this abuser a platform? It’s shameful, it really is. Stop enabling her,’ read a different tweet.
Exes Heard and Depp – who tied the knot in 2015, and were married for one year before Heard filed for divorce in 2016 – battled it out in court to determine if a 2018 Washington Post essay written by Heard, in which she accused the actor of domestic abuse, defamed Depp.
She was ordered to pay the actor $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, although the second payment was reduced to $350,000 per Virginia law by the judge.
Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages out of the $100 million she was seeking in her countersuit against her ex.
The trial was trying to determine if a 2018 Washington Post essay written by Heard, in which she accused the actor of domestic abuse, defamed Depp. The exes are seen in court
In the end, Heard was ordered to pay the actor $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Depp is pictured at the trial on April 20
During the Today show interview, Heard doubled down on her allegations that Depp was physically violent towards her and accused him of ‘lying’ on the stand
She also said the trial left her feeling ‘less than human’ due to the hate she received from Depp’s fans, calling it ‘the most humiliating and horrible thing she’s been through’
But despite a jury ruling overwhelmingly in her ex-husband’s favor, finding Heard guilty on three counts of defamation against him, the actress refused to walk back her claims of abuse against him – instead, doubling down on her allegations that he was physically violent towards her and accusing him of ‘lying’ on the stand when he said that he ‘never hit her.’
‘He said he never hit you. Is that a lie?’ Guthrie, 50, questioned during the interview, 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, Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew, of trying to ‘distract the jury from the real issues’ during the trial, conceding that they had ‘done a better job of that’ than her own legal team.
She also suggested that the trial had called into question her First Amendment right to free speech, claiming that she had ‘spoken her truth and spoken it to power’ only to have ended up ‘paying the price’ for that.
When grilled by Guthrie about audio clips that were played during the six-week trial, which took place in Virginia, in which the 36-year-old could be heard admitting to being physically abusive towards Depp, she insisted that she only ever ‘responded to [physical violence]’ but 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.’
Heard added that, while she ‘has so much regret’ over the ‘horrible’ and ‘ugly’ things she did and said to Depp, she was only acting as a ‘person in extreme psychological distress’ who felt that their ‘life was at risk.’
‘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 a negotiation, of how to talk about that with your abuser.
‘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.’
Heard admitted to behaving in ‘horrible – almost unrecognizable to herself – ways,’ telling Guthrie that she ‘was pushed to the extent where she didn’t know the difference between right and wrong.’
‘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.’
Heard went on to describe her marriage to Depp as both ‘ugly’ and ‘beautiful,’ adding: ‘It was ugly. And could be very beautiful. It was very, very toxic. We made a lot of mistakes. But I’ve always told the truth.’
Heard also insisted that the jury’s decision was influenced by what she called ‘unfair social media representation’ and by her ex-husband calling on ‘paid employees and randos’ to testify on his behalf.
Her comments about the backlash sparked more fury from online users, with one writing, ‘She’s so full of it. It’s so hard to believe anything she says. She’s her own worst enemy’
‘I’ll put it this way, how could [the jury] make a judgment, how could they not come to that conclusion [that I couldn’t be believed]?’ she said.
‘They had said 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.
‘I don’t blame them, I don’t blame them, I actually understand, he’s a beloved character and people feel that they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.
‘Again, how could they after listening to three and a half weeks of testimony about how I was an uncredible person and not to believe a word that came out of my mouth.’
Heard claimed the jurors were 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 movie.
When asked what she thought about allegations made by Depp’s lawyer Vasquez that she had been ‘performing’ on the stand, Heard fired back to Guthrie, ‘Says the lawyer for the man who convinced the world he had scissors for fingers.
‘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.’
She also said the trial left her feeling ‘less than human’ due to the large amount of hate she received from Depp’s fans.
‘Every single day I passed three, four, sometimes six city blocks lined with people holding signs saying, “Burn the witch. Death to Amber,”‘ she told Guthrie.
‘I took the stand and saw just a courtroom packed full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were vocal and energized.
‘This was the most humiliating and horrible thing I’ve ever been through. I have never felt more removed from my own humanity. I felt less than human.’
Her comments about the backlash sparked more fury from online users, with one writing, ‘She’s so full of it. It’s so hard to believe anything she says. She’s her own worst enemy.’
‘People don’t believe you Amber – all over the world. And I have never seen a Jack Sparrow movie. The evidence was clear. Stop playing the media, you’re making it worse,’ said someone else.
Another person added, ‘Good. It’s called karma. You ruined a man’s life. This is what happens when the truth is revealed. Forgive me if I have zero sympathy for that.’
‘Humiliating? Imagine how JD felt all these years ’cause of your f**king lies, while you lapped it up with not a care in the world that you destroyed a man’s life by falsely accusing him,’ read another tweet.
‘They are the consequences of being an abuser, liar, and pretending to be a victim. Amber Heard deserves no sympathies. She made a mockery of real survivors,’ a different user tweeted.
‘All I hear is more excuses as to why her lies blew up in her face lol,’ wrote someone else.
‘Maybe if she finally took some responsibility for something, people would feel more sympathy for her but she continues to project blame. She lost because she wasn’t believable and wasn’t credible.’
‘Even somebody who is sure I’m deserving of all this hate and vitriol, even if you think that I’m lying, you still couldn’t look me in the eye that you think on social media there’s been a fair representation,’ Heard continued during the Today interview. ‘You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair.’
But despite insisting that social media played a key role in the outcome of the trial, Heard claimed that she isn’t taking any negative public opinions about her ‘personally,’ insisting that she ‘doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her.’
‘I don’t care what anyone thinks about me or what judgments you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home in my marriage behind closed doors,’ she told Guthrie.
‘I don’t presume the average person should know those things so I don’t take it personally.’
The sit-down interview will air in full on NBC’s Dateline on Friday night at 8PM.