Heard denied the idea that her claims were a “hoax,” sharing that the reason she didn’t initially cooperate with police was because she “didn’t want this to be known” about her and Depps Relationship. She added: “I didn’t want to get him in trouble. If it was a hoax, I could have done that.”
In the end, in May 2016, Heard filed a restraining order against her ex-husband, to whom she was married for almost two years.
“I made a decision to stand up for myself and protect myself,” she said. “You can’t get a restraining order privately, which of course I didn’t understand the night the police were called.”
In which today Interviewed, Heard also denied ever hinting to TMZ about her May 2016 appearance in a Los Angeles courthouse to get the restraining order, stating that it “didn’t have anything to do with me.” During the trial, a former TMZ producer said the publication was given advance notice of Heard’s appearance and that she would have bruises on her face.
When asked why she wasn’t bruised in the days following the alleged Depp incidents, Heard told Guthrie: “Again, it’s that thing, if you’re bruised, if you’ve got injuries, it’s wrong. If you don’t have one, then you weren’t hurt.”
In the end, a Virginia jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Fairfax County District Court Judge Penney Azcarate he later reduced the punitive damages to $350,000, which is the state’s statutory cap or legal limit, bringing his total damages to $10.4 million.
Regarding Heard’s counterclaim, the jury awarded the actress $2 million in damages.
Now, following the verdict, Heard revealed what she plans to say to her 14-month-old daughter Oonagh about the process in the future.
“I did the right thing,” Heard said. “I have done everything to stand up for myself and the truth.”
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