Amber Heard Slams Social Media's Role In Johnny Depp Trial As Not 'Fair'

Sarah Kester
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Amber Heard is feeling defeated. In her first on-camera interview since her explosive legal battle with ex-husband, Johnny Depp came to an end, the Aquaman actress is speaking out about social media's role.

This has included negative hashtags, petitions against her career, and more. She slammed the social media backlash to Today, calling it "not fair." She is defending herself as the backlash continues online.

Social media has played a huge role since the beginning of the trial.

Actors Amber Heard (L) and Johnny Depp attend The Art of Elysium 2016 HEAVEN Gala presented by Vivienne Westwood & Andreas Kronthaler at 3LABS on January 9, 2016 in Culver City, California.
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As a live televised event, people were able to express their thoughts on social media, as they were happening.

The majority of these tweets and posts favored the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.

This was even proven in court when Ron Schnell, a social media expert, testified to the jury.

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His research found that there were over a million negative tweets about Amber Heard. Among the most used ones were #amberheardisanabuser, #wejustdontlikeyouamber, and #amberturd.

“Some of these hashtags are pretty rude,” he said when asked how he knew the tweets were negative.

He also noted that #JusticeForJohnnyDepp began trending as far back as 2013. Although, the hashtag #Johnnydeppisawifebeater took a jump during Depp's UK libel suit, which he ended up losing.

Following the explosive conclusion of the trial, Amber Heard's lawyer, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, spoke out.

In an interview with Today, she said that Amber was "demonized" by Johnny's team. "A number of things were allowed in this court that should not have been allowed, and it caused the jury to be confused."

Although the jury was ordered to stay off social media during the trial, Heard's legal team still believes that it impacted the case.

“There’s no way they couldn’t have been influenced by it, and it was horrible,” Elaine said. “It really, really was lopsided.”

Depp attorneys Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez denied these claims during their own rounds of television appearances.

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“This was a decision made by the jury on the evidence presented by both sides, and as Camille said [earlier in the interview], it was overwhelmingly in Mr. Depp’s favor," he added.

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Vasquez admitted that coverage of the trial was everywhere. "But at the same time [jury members] were admonished every single night. And they had a tremendous amount of respect for the court and the process, and they were doing the best that they could.”

Since the trial wrapped, the support for Depp has continued to be overwhelming.

In a matter of days since joining TikTok, he now has over eight million followers. Comparatively, the hashtag #justiceforjohnnydepp had nearly 20 billion views on TikTok as of June 3, while #justiceforamberheard had over 80 million.

Now, Amber is speaking out.

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In a preview clip from Heard's exclusive interview with NBC News (the full interview airs Tuesday and Wednesday, along with an hour-long Dateline special), the actress slammed social media for the role it played in the six-week trial. 

"I don't care what one thinks about me, or what judgment you want to make about what happened in the privacy in my own home in my marriage, behind closed doors," Heard said.

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"I don't presume the average person should know this things, so I don't take it personally."

"Even somebody who is sure I’m deserving of all this hate and vitriol,"

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"Even if you think that I’m lying, you still couldn’t tell me — look me in the eye and tell me — that you think on social media there’s been a fair representation," Heard said.

"You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair."

Watch the preview clip for Amber's interview here.