Amber Heard Says Therapist Notes Not Allowed in Defamation Trial Would Have Led to Different Verdict
Amber Heard said during a Dateline interview that notes taken by her doctor, who she was reporting abuse to, would have led jurors to side with her in her defamation case against Johnny Depp if they were allowed into the trial.
“There’s a binder [of] years of notes dating back to 2011 from the very beginning of my relationship that were taken by my doctor,” Heard said.
In Heard’s full interview with with NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie on the trial, which aired on the newsmagazine on Friday, the actress said that the notes would have corroborated claims that Depp abused her, including an incident in 2013 in which she told her therapist that Depp threw her against a wall and threatened to kill her.
” I’m talking about what actually happened to me in real-time,” Heard stated. “She’s taking contemporaneous notes of what’s happening.”
NBC reviewed the notes. Guthrie said, “As far back as 2012, Amber was talking about physical abuse. She told her therapist Depp that she hit her in January and threw her to the floor. Eight months later, she ripped her nightgown and threw her on the floor .”
Judge Penney Azcarate had ruled the notes as “hearsay” and refused to allow the evidence into the trial, unlike proceedings in the United Kingdom, where Depp lost his defamation case against The Sun for calling him a “wife beater.” In that trial, the judge ruled that The Sun proved that 12 of the 14 incidents of abuse were substantially true.
Heard also objected to texts that were not allowed into the trial. In one of her texts to her father, she wrote that Depp had “kicked” her in front of everyone. This was in reference to a fight that was heavily litigated in the trial. She claimed that Depp was drunk and verbally and physically abused.
A spokesperson for Depp said to NBC News that Johnny wants to move on with his life. However, Depp and his team are back to reimagining, reimagining, and re-litigating cases that were already decided by the Court. This result was unanimously and unambiguously decided by a jury in Johnny’s favor .”
In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for Heard said in response, “If Mr. Depp or his team have a problem with this, we recommend that Johnny himself sit down with Savannah Guthrie for an hour and answer all her questions.”
In the portions that previously aired on Today, Heard spoke of the emotional toll of the verdict, which saw a Virginia jury ruling in Depp’s favor and awarding him $10. 35 million in his suit against Heard. She vehemently supported her testimony but she also said that she didn’t “blame the jury” for not believing her abuse claims, given the fanfare surrounding the trial. She said that even if you believe I’m lying, it’s impossible to look me in the eyes and tell me that social media has given fair representation.
While clips aired on Today, the full sit-down aired in a special Dateline episode Friday. The first 20 minutes of the interview released early Friday on Peacock, the network’s streaming site, and the portion includes new evidence that Heard’s lawyers shared with NBC News.
On June 1, a Virginia jury ruled Depp guilty of all three allegations that he was defamed by Heard’s op-ed published in The Washington Post , in which Heard called herself a domestic abuse survivor. He was also vindicated on the allegations that he defamed Heard, calling her accusations a hoax. Heard won one her three claims that Depp’s lawyer had made was defamatory.
Heard plans to appeal and move on, as she discussed in the portions of her interview that aired this week on Today. Guthrie told her that she would continue to “walk through this with my chin high”
At the end of the interview Heard was asked about her future and if she still wants to act.
” I get to be a mother,” Heard responded. “I get to be a mom full-time.”
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