Amber Heard has released "years' worth" of her therapist's notes. The actress claims that this is new evidence that Johnny Depp physically and sexually abused her.
The judge dismissed the notes during the defamation trial, detailing incidents in which she alleges that Depp "hit her, threw her against a wall, and threatened to kill her."
She made the revelation during her interview with NBC's Dateline.
The judge decided during the case that the notes were hearsay and said that her legal team could not use them as evidence.
Now that the trial is over, Amber had decided to go public with the notes, which she says go back to 2011 when she started dating Depp.
In the three-part interview with Savannah Guthrie, Amber again accused Depp of abusing her.
During the interview, some of the notes were shown on the screen. The interviewer, Guthrie, said they had many descriptions of violence the actress talked about during her sessions.
The notes date back to January 2012. She told her therapist that Depp had hit her before he "threw her on the floor."
According to the notes, eight months later, he "ripped her nightgown" before he "threw her on the bed."
Notes from 2013 claimed that Depp threw Amber against a wall and made threats to kill her.
In a Today show interview, Amber said she "absolutely still loves Depp." However, that has not stopped her from criticizing him and accusing him of abusing her during their relationship.
At the beginning of this month, the Jury in Depp's defamation trial decided that she had defamed Depp by saying he was sexually and physically abusive towards her in her Washington Post op-ed.
The court ordered her to pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The judge lowered the second amount to $350k per Virginia law.
With regard to her countersuit, she was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages, which meant she owed Depp $8.35 million.
Amber has not backed down, although the court found her guilty of defaming her ex-husband. She continues to make accusations against him in public.
During the recent interview, she insisted that she was not a "vindictive" person trying to "seek vengeance" against Depp.
She said she just wanted people to see her "as a human being."
When Guthrie asked about many people seeing her "instigate violence" against Depp during their marriage, she said that she never had to instigate it and would instead react to it.
Amber said that her violence towards Depp was only a way to "cope" with the abuse she underwent while with him.
"When you're living in violence, and it becomes normal, as I testified to, you have to adapt, you adopt strategies to cope with it... if it meant the difference between a broken nose or a sore cheek, I would do it."
She went on to claim that she had been hit for "a very long time" before finding a way to defend herself.
Guthrie reminded her that she was the only woman who had made abuse allegations against Depp and asked her why no one else had spoken about having the violent experiences she had while in a relationship with him.
In her defense, she said:
"Look at what happened to me when I came forward. Would you?"
Depp's team gave a statement to Dateline criticizing Amber for choosing to keep making allegations against him so publicly even after the conclusion of the trial:
"It's unfortunate that the defendant and her team are back to repeating, reimagining, and re-litigating matters that have already been decided by the Court and a verdict that was unanimously and unequivocally decided by a jury in Johnny's favor."
Nevertheless, Amber still describes herself as a "survivor" while claiming she is ready to "stand by her testimony to her dying day."
She also said that her intention was not to have her claims against Depp get so public. Amber noted that this choice was taken away when Depp decided to sue her.
"I didn't want it to be a trial, I didn't want it to be a part of the public record. But when someone sues you, you don't really have a choice.'
She also said during the interview that what she wants the most is to move on with her life.
Previously, the actress had said that she "absolutely still loves" Depp, although she still called him a "liar" who had influenced the Jury through his "fantastic acting."
She also claimed that Depp's legal team presented "paid employees and randos" as witnesses to distract the Jury from the real issues. Amber went as far as saying that the audio that was heard in court in which she admitted to hitting Depp had been "edited."
Amber also took the opportunity to criticize Camille Vasquez, Depp's lawyer, for helping convince the Jury to take his side.
She also insisted that she intended to honor her "pledge" and donate $3.5 million out of her $7 million divorce settlement to the ACLU. The actress argued that even though she was caught lying about this, it should not have impacted her case.
Amber also denied allegations that she "faked" bruises and accusations that she had tipped off TMZ about her restraining order against Depp. She also admitted that she "did and said horrible" things during their "ugly and beautiful" relationship.
Amber "Absolutely Still Loves Depp" And Has "No Ill Will" Towards Him
Heard discussed her feelings towards Depp during her Today interview.
She said that she still loved Depp, but she would still not budge concerning her allegations against him, swearing that she would "stand by every word of her testimony... until the day she dies."
The Jury ruled mostly in Depp's favor and found Amber guilty of three counts of defamation against him. Nevertheless, she continues to make allegations against him, claiming that he was physically abusive towards her.
When Guthrie asked if he lied by saying that he never hit her, Amber said he did.
She also assured Guthrie that she still loves Depp. Nevertheless, she insisted that he was abusive towards her and that she did not fake her injuries:
"Again, it is that thing: if you have bruising, if you have injuries, it is fake. If you don't have any, [then] you weren't injured."
Depp's legal team claimed that the injuries were faked because she would often appear in public after suffering the alleged injuries with no visible bruises.
When Guthrie asked her about the audio clips in which she admitted to being physically abusive towards Depp, she said that she was responding to physical violence and "never instigated it."
She also said that she had "so much regret" due to the "ugly" and "horrible" things she did and said to her ex-husband Depp.
Amber defended herself by saying that she was responding to "extreme emotional, psychological, and physical distress" because she felt her life was in danger.
According to the actress, the audio tapes were leaked online after they were edited. She then explained that the clips did not indicate what was going on but demonstrated a negotiation she was having with her abuser, Depp.
Amber Said The Jury Was Influenced By "Unfair Media Representation"
During the interview, Amber said that the Jury had been tricked by Depp, a "fantastic actor" who "convinced the world he had scissors for fingers." She talked about Depp's role in the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands.
She also had something to say about Camille Vasquez, Depp's lawyer. Vasquez became famous after she ferociously cross-examined Amber while on the stand.
Amber accused her of "performing" on the stand. Vasquez accused Amber of lying about being abused by Depp, which is something the actress is critical of:
"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."
The actress also said that Depp's witnesses were "paid employees and randos" who were simply showing their support to the person who pays them.
According to Amber, Depp's lawyers, Vasquez and Benjamin Chew, used the witnesses to distract the Jury from the "real issues." She also admitted that her legal team had not done as good a job as Depp's team had.
She also said that the Jury was influenced by her "unfair social media representation."
'I'll put it this way, how could they make a judgment, how could they not come to that conclusion [that I couldn't be believed]? 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."
Amber said during the interview that the Jury had listened to three and a half weeks of claims that she was a liar, which is why they eventually believed the claims. Nevertheless, she admitted that she might not have been very "likable" during her time on the stand or in the eyes of the public:
"I'm not a good victim, I get it, I'm not a likable victim, I'm not a perfect victim. But when I testified, I asked the Jury to just see me as human."
She claimed that Depp had achieved his goal as promised in a text saying he would "globally humiliate" her.
Throughout the trial, Depp had called 38 witnesses, while Amber called 24 witnesses. Each of them testified for four days, including the cross-examinations they had from opposing lawyers.
Both of them took the stand two times.
The Jury was shown dozens of videos, photos, texts, medical records, and pages from the couple's "Love Journal."
The case was not easy, and the verdict sheet had 42 questions for the Jury to answer before reaching a verdict. Depp's claim had 24 questions, while Amber's counterclaim had 18 questions.
The court also listened to audio clips Depp had recorded during their arguments. Some of their intimate moments were exposed to the public as a result.
As the trial continued, social media was flooded with content about the proceedings. Most people supported Depp's claim, and as of June 13, the hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp had amassed 20.6 billion TikTok views against the #JusticeForAmberHead hashtag, which had 92.4 million views.
Amber has complained that she has been exposed to "hate and vitriol" online during the trial and after the verdict, which she described as "unfair."
She argued during the interview that even those who felt she deserved the hate she was getting would still consider her social media representation unfair.
Although she insisted that social media influenced the unfavorable outcome she got in court, she has said that she is not taking the harsh opinions against her "personally" and does not care what people think about her.
Amber Promised To Honor Her Pledges "Over Time"
Amber said that she plans on honoring the pledges she made to the ACLU and argued that even though she lied about the donations, it should not have impacted her credibility.
She had pledged to donate the entire $7 million divorce settlement from Depp to charity, and she had claimed to have pledged, a statement which has since been confirmed to have been a lie.
Amber had testified in the UK trial that she had donated the money, but when it was discovered that she hadn't, she claimed that the lie should not have been used against her:
"I feel like so much of the trial was meant to cast dispersions on who I am as a person, my credibility, to call me a liar in every way you can."
During the trial, Amber was forced to admit that she had not made the full $3.5-million donation she had pledged to the ACLU, although she had claimed on many occasions that she had.
In one of these instances, she had lied under oath during Depp's libel case in the UK in 2020.
In 2018, Amber was on a Dutch talk show, RTL Late Night. During the show, she said:
"$7 million in total was donated - I split it between the ACLU and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. I wanted nothing."
During the trial, she had to admit that she was yet to make a full donation. She blamed it on Depp having sued her for $50 million in 2019.
Amber then quickly said that she intended to honor all the pledges.
ACLU's Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel testified in the case that a total of $1.3 million had been donated by her or on her behalf. Only $350,000 of this amount came from Amber, while $100,000 came from Depp, and another $350,000 was from an investment company.
An additional $500,000 came from a fund believed to have been set up by Elon Musk.
Elaine Bredehoft, Amber's lawyer, asked her why she had accepted the $7 million settlement from Depp. She responded that she did not care about the money but was told to agree on a number so that the divorce could be settled.
She Did Not Mean To "Cancel" Depp Wih Her Washington Post Op-Ed
Heard and Depp got married in 2015, and she filed for divorce in 2016. She has claimed that the op-ed was not intended to destroy Depp's career but was rather a piece about surviving domestic abuse.
Her goal, she argued, was meant to offer other people support. She went on to say that a "team of lawyers" had looked at the op-ed to make sure she did not defame Depp:
"I obviously knew it was important for me not to make it about him."
Amber also took time to address fears that she might end up in another suit due to the claims she is making about him on television, although she was found guilty during the defamation trial.
She feels that the trial tried to "silence her," but her goal is to show that she stands by her testimony and her "truth."
Amber said that she was afraid that she would be silenced no matter what she did and whatever step she took, although she did all she could to stand up for herself and "the truth."
According to a legal expert, Depp's interview could be enough reason for her husband Depp to sue her again. Nicole Haff revealed that the claims she made could backfire and result in another defamation lawsuit since the interview can be considered a fresh "publication" in the eyes of the law.
Legally, when someone repeats or republished defamation, they are subjected to the same liability as to the person who published the original defamatory material. The concept is known as republishing.
"A defamatory statement is considered "published" when it is communicated either intentionally, with actual malice or reckless disregard, or negligently, to someone other than the person being defamed. The statement must also be reasonably understood by the recipient to be false."
Nevertheless, according to Huff, it might not be a good idea for Depp to pursue another trial against Amber, considering that her lawyers have already said she cannot afford to pay the initial ruling made against her.
Amber Says She Will Now Focus On Being "A Mom Full Time"
Amber was asked about her plans for the future, and she said she would focus on being a mother to her one-year-old daughter, Oonagh Paige. The girl was born through a surrogate in April 2021.
"I get to be a mom. Full time."
She did not reveal if she had any plans of trying to return to the screen. Earlier, she had to deny rumors that she had been removed from the Aquaman sequel.
Just Jared reported that she had been dropped from Aquaman 2. Apparently, Warner Bros had to reshoot her role with a different actress.
"Warner Bros. decided to recast Amber Heard's role after screen testing the movie. They are going to be doing reshoots with [her former co-stars] Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman."
Amber's spokesperson quickly rejected the claims saying:
"The rumor mill continues as it has from day one - inaccurate, insensitive, and slightly insane."
During the trial, there were serious concerns over Amber's future in the Aquaman franchise. Warner Bros executive Walter Hamada revealed that producers had already considered recasting Amber over her lack of "natural chemistry" with her co-star, Jason Momoa.
There has been an online petition to have Heard dropped from her role in the sequel, and it has already received over 4.6 million signatures.
The online petition says that Amber was accused of being a domestic abuser by Depp.
In court, Hamada said that Aquaman 2 producers had to "fabricate" chemistry between Momoa and Heard. The studio took time to announce Amber's role in the film because there were discussions about recasting her.
"Editorially they were able to make that relationship work in the movie. There was a concern it took a lot of effort to get there."
Hamada insisted that the trial had not affected Heard's $2 million payment for her role in the film. Her legal team had argued that she might have been paid $6 million for the sequel instead of $2 million if it were not for the negative press she was getting.
He also said that her role had been reduced dramatically during the film and said that her role had not changed from what it was from the very start.
According to Hamada, the film was a buddy comedy between Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson. He said that Amber was not a co-lead in the movie.