- Amber Heard called witnesses who tested in support of Johnny Depp “paid employees” and “randos.”
- Heard said the jury was subject to “nonstop, relentless” testimony from these individuals.
- She said she did not blame them for the verdict because Depp is “a fantastic actor.”
Actress Amber Heard called Johnny Depp’s witnesses in their high-profile defamation trial “paid employees” and “randos” in her first media appearance after the court battle.
During her televised interview with NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie, Heard was asked about the jury — who found that both Heard and Depp, her ex-husband, had been defamed but awarded $15 million in damages to Depp and $2 million to Heard.
“How could they make a judgment? How could they not come to that conclusion?” Heard said. “They had sat in those seats and heard over three weeks of non-stop, relentless testimony from paid employees and towards the end of the trial, randos, as I say.”
Heard did not specify whom she was referring to with the term “randos.”
She also told Guthrie that she understood why the jury arrived at its decision.
“I don’t blame them. I actually understand. He’s a beloved character and people feel they know him. He’s a fantastic actor,” Heard said.
“But their job is not to be dazzled by that. Their job is to look at the facts and the evidence, and they did not believe your testimony or your evidence,” she added during the NBC interview.
Depp’s team called various witnesses to the stand during the trial, including members of his security team, a former TMZ journalist, and Depp’s ex-girlfriend, Kate Moss.
Meanwhile, the witnesses called upon by Heard’s team included an orthopedic surgeon, a psychiatrist, an entertainment industry consultant, and Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez.
During the same interview with Guthrie, Heard slammed social media users who directed “hate and vitriol” at her during the trial.
“You cannot tell me that you think this has been fair,” Heard said.
Testimonies during the trial unveiled shocking revelations about their tumultuous relationship, including claims by both Depp and Heard accusing each other of physical and emotional abuse.
Representatives for Depp and Heard did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.