A lawyer who represented Amber Heard in her libel trial against Johnny Depp has revealed the first words of the actress of Aquaman after the verdict was known.
“One of the first things he said was, ‘I’m so sorry for all those women. This is a setback for all women in and out of the courtroom,'” attorney Elaine Bredehoft told The Today Show Thursday morning. “She feels the burden of that.”
A jury found Wednesday that Heard defamed Depp on all three counts in his lawsuit against her regarding a 2018 op-ed he wrote on the Washington Post about being a victim of family abuse.
The jury also found in favor of one of the three claims in Heard’s countersuit, finding that Depp’s lawyer had called the abuse allegations against her ex-husband misleading.
Bredehoft said the verdict sends a “horrible message” to survivors of family abuse.
“It’s a significant setback, because that’s exactly what it means,” he told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. “Unless you take out your phone and videotape your spouse or partner beating you, they effectively won’t believe you.”
Bredehoft also explained that “an enormous amount of evidence was suppressed” during the weeks-long trial in Fairfax, Virginia.
“Really what happened here is a story of two trials. Johnny Depp filed a lawsuit in the UK for the same case,” he said in reference to Depp’s 2020 UK libel case against The Sunwho had branded him a “wife beater” over Heard’s accusations.
“The burden of proof was easier for him there, The Sun He had to prove that it was true. And the court found there, and we weren’t allowed to tell the jury this, but the court found that Depp had committed at least 12 acts of family violence, including sexual violence against Amber.”
So what did Depp’s team learn from this? Demonize Amber and suppress the evidence. We had a huge amount of evidence that was suppressed in this case that was in the UK case. In the case of the United Kingdom, when [la evidencia] showed up, Amber won and Depp lost.”
Among the suppressed evidence were “very significant” medical records that showed “a pattern going back to 2012 in which Amber reported this to her therapist,” Bredehoft said.
The lawyer went on to speculate that jurors may have been influenced by the “unbalanced” social media frenzy surrounding the case, which swung dramatically in favor of Depp.
“How can you not [ser influenciado]?”, she asked. “They went home every night. They have families. Families are on social networks. We had a 10 day break in the middle due to the court conference. There’s no way they haven’t been influenced by that.”
Bredehoft confirmed that Heard will file an appeal, saying: “He has excellent reasons for doing so.”
He added that Heard “absolutely will not” be able to pay back the millions in damages awarded to her ex-husband.
the actress of Aquaman reacted to the verdict herself in a statement Wednesday afternoon saying she was “heartbroken.”
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still not enough to stand up to my ex-husband’s disproportionate power, influence, and persuasion,” she wrote.
“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It’s a setback. It turns back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and raised her voice could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It pushes back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.”
And he added that the result was an attack on freedom of expression.
“I am sad because I lost this case. But I’m even sadder because I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American: to speak freely and openly.”