Amber Heard Says Faced 'A Courtroom Packed Full With Captain Jack Sparrow Fans'

Amber Heard has revealed in her first public interview since the verdict ruling that she faced a courtroom "packed full with Captain Jack Sparrow fans".
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The 36-year-old Aquaman actress told Savannah Guthrie of NBC News that she felt "less than human" during her defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp.

The actress gave her first TV interview since her highly publicized trial against Depp, where the jury unanimously sided with the 59-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star.

After being sued by Depp for defamation following comments made in her 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post, the seven jurors concluded that her former husband - who she accused of physical and sexual abuse - should receive over $10 million in damages.

"Every single day I passed, for three, four, sometimes six blocks, city blocks with people holding signs saying ‘burn the witch’, ‘death to Amber’. After three and a half weeks, I took the stand and saw just a courtroom packed full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans, who were vocal, energized," Heard told Guthrie.

Watch a clip from her interview below:

Guthrie asked: "Can you put into words how that felt?"

Heard responded by saying: "It was the most humiliating and horrible thing I’ve ever been through. I have never felt more removed from my own humanity." Adding that she felt "less than human".

The interviewer asked The Danish Girl actress if she still stands by her testimonies from the witness stand. Heard said: "To my dying day, I’ll stand by every word of my testimony".
Johnny Depp waved at his fans after leaving the Fairfax Circuit Court. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy.
The trial lasted for six weeks in Fairfax, Virginia - with many details regarding the couple's tumultuous marriage discussed in court. On social media, many posts were made in support of Depp - with hashtags like '#JusticeForJohnnyDepp' trending weekly.

A week after the announcement of the verdict, Heard told NBC that it’s been hard to accept the ruling.

Heard spoke about the social media response of the trial, saying: "I think [the] vast majority of this trial was played out on social media. I think that this trial is an example of that gone haywire, gone amok. And the jury’s not immune to that."

Although she doesn't blame the jury for the verdict, she added that she thinks they saw some of the social media content, saying "How could they not? I think even the most well-intentioned juror, it would’ve been impossible to avoid this."

Heard gave her own opinion about the verdict, saying that the Edwards Scissorhands actor is a "beloved character" and "fantastic actor," so "people feel they know him".

More of NBC’s interview with Heard will be broadcast on Dateline on Friday (June 17).

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