American broadcaster Cooper Lawrence has savaged Amber Heard‘s defiant new interview with Today’s Savannah Guthrie, less than two weeks after the actress was found to have defamed her ex-husband Johnny Depp by accusing him of abuse.
During her sit-down interview, Heard, 36, called the jury’s verdict ‘unfair’ and doubled down on her allegations that Depp, 58, was physically violent towards her during their tumultuous marriage.
Ms Lawrence weighed in on the interview on Australian breakfast TV show Sunrise on Wednesday, telling co-hosts Natalie Barr and David Koch that Heard’s statements sounded ‘really weird’ and ‘rehearsed’.
American broadcaster Cooper Lawrence (right) has savaged Amber Heard’s (left) defiant new interview with Today’s Savannah Guthrie, less than two weeks after the actress was found to have defamed her ex-husband Johnny Depp by accusing him of abuse
‘I think [Heard is] on the “you need to listen to me tour”. Yet she has these awkward moments that she had during the trial where you’re kind of like, “Wait, are you lying again?”‘ Ms Lawrence said.
‘It’s like she can’t get her own story straight that she memorised for this interview, and she’s not even under oath,’ she added.
Ms Lawrence was particularly baffled by a moment in the interview when Guthrie highlighted how Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez described Heard’s testimony as ‘the performance of a lifetime’.
‘Says the lawyer for the man who convinced the world he had scissors for fingers? I’m the performer?’ Heard shot back, referring to Depp’s 1990 film Edward Scissorhands.
Ms Lawrence remarked: ‘I mean, the thing is, we know that Johnny Depp doesn’t have fingers that are scissors. We also don’t think that he was once a real pirate.
‘The whole thing is really odd and really weird, and I’m trying to figure out what her intention was here.’
During her sit-down with Guthrie, Heard hit out at the ‘hate and vitriol’ she faced throughout the trial and in the wake of the jury’s verdict, while blasting the ‘unfair’ decision made against her.
‘Even somebody who is sure I’m deserving of all this hate and vitriol, even if you think that I’m lying, you still couldn’t look me in the eye that you think on social media there’s been a fair representation,’ she said.
‘You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair.’
Heard also accused Depp’s lawyers Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew of trying to ‘distract the jury from the real issues’ during the trial, conceding that they had ‘done a better job of that’ than her own legal team.
She also suggested the trial had called into question her First Amendment right to free speech, claiming she had ‘spoken her truth and spoken it to power’ only to have ended up ‘paying the price’ for that.
Earlier this month, a jury ruled that Heard defamed her ex-husband – the star of blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – by publishing an op-ed in the Washington Post about being a sexual assault survivor, even though she never named Depp in the article.
Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10million in compensatory damages and $5million in punitive damages, although the second payment was reduced to $350,000 per Virginia law by the judge.
Heard was awarded a relatively paltry $2million in compensatory damages, meaning that Depp walked away from the case with Heard owing him $8.35million.
After the trial concluded on June 1, Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft told the Today show her client ‘absolutely’ couldn’t pay Depp the full amount of money.