Amber Heard shares why she believes she has been labeled a ‘liar’ in the defamation trial with her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Depp launched a defamation lawsuit against Heard in 2019, after the Aquaman star described herself as a victim of domestic abuse in a 2018 article she penned in The Washington Post. The trial started Monday 11 April in Fairfax, Virginia.
During the trial last week, Heard claimed she has been portrayed as dishonest because her ex-husband is the ‘bigger star’ and has ‘more publicity reach’.
On 16 May, the actress was questioned about a pledge of $7 million she made to the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles after receiving her divorce settlement from Depp.
She had promised to divide the money between the two charities, but has failed to donate $3.5 million to each organisation.
Camille Vasquez, Depp’s lawyer, asked the actress if she had claimed to donate this money to get ‘praise’, ‘good press’ and to ‘seem altruistic publicly’.
The actress denied this and said this ‘wasn’t [her] interest.’
Heard claimed that her interest was in ‘clearing [her] name’ as she said she had been labeled dishonest because Depp was more well known to the public. She told the jury:
“At the time, I was being called a ‘liar’ and my motives were being questioned. I did see it as important to clear that up. I wanted to make a statement to make sure there was not any doubt. That I couldn’t be labelled these things just because Johnny was the bigger star and had more publicity reach.”
“Ms. Heard — respectfully, that’s not my question”: #JohnnyDepp’s attorney repeatedly told #AmberHeard “that’s not my question” during a tense back-and-forth about her non-fulfilled pledge to donate her $7 million settlement to charity. @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/PXZHR3SQbp
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The actress blamed the legal fees of her ex-husband’s lawsuit as the reason she is yet to pay her full donation.