Amber Heard has described testifying against Johnny Depp and describing her apparent sexual assault as the scariest, most intimidating thing, in her first interview since losing her defamation case on June 1.
Amber Heard, 36, spoke to NBC’s Dateline in a talk screened in its entirety for the first time and told Savannah Guthrie that she was terrified of telling her side of the story.
She said she’d been wounded by the hatred and vitriol directed at her, but didn’t regret bringing the case.
She said that she knew that the scariest, most daunting thing for anyone talking about sexual violence was not being believed, being called a liar, or being humiliated.
Amber Heard said she wasn’t speaking out because she was vindictive and said that would be a lousy way of getting revenge.
She said as ridiculous as it was to say out loud, her goal was to just let people see her as a human being.
Amber Heard’s interview raised eyebrows, with her repeating her defamatory allegations that Johnny Depp hit her.
Yet, shortly before the interview aired, Amber Heard’s team insisted they were unrepentant, and that if Johnny Depp or his team had a problem with this, they suggested that Johnny himself sit down with Savannah Guthrie for an hour and respond to all her questions.
Amber Heard also released a binder full of notes from her therapist, which she claims is new evidence proving her allegations of physical and sexual abuse against Johnny Depp, despite the notes that had already been dismissed by the judge.
Amber Heard turned over years’ worth of notes taken by her therapist describing instances when she says the actor hit her, threw her against a wall, and threatened to kill her.
The actress has now gone public with the binder, which dates back to 2011 from the very start of her relationship with Johnny Depp.
The notes include reports of violence dating back to January 2012, when Amber Heard told her therapist that Johnny Depp hit her and threw her on the floor.
The notes alleged that eight months after that he ripped her nightgown, chucked her on the bed and then in 2013 he threw her against a wall and threatened to kill her, but earlier this month, a jury ruled that Amber Heard defamed her ex-husband by publicising a piece about being a sexual assault survivor in the Washington Post.
Why didn’t she just walk out and leave Johnny if she was that unhappy, it would have certainly been cheaper.
Of course, Johnny Depp is no angel in all of this, and he did or still does have an addiction to alcohol and drugs, and we all know what happens when you put that in the mix, and if he can’t contain his anger, especially towards women, then he shouldn’t be near them at all until he sorts himself out, but of course, therapist notes don’t prove that you were abused, it just proves that you told your therapist that you were.
As I said I don’t believe that Johnny Depp is an angel, far from it, but why didn’t Amber go to the police if she thought she was in that much danger?
One of the questions that are often asked in relation to a woman experiencing domestic violence is why didn’t they contact the police when they were experiencing the abuse? And that because they didn’t it couldn’t have been as bad if they didn’t contact the police, but the truth is that there are numerous reasons why people who are experiencing abuse might not contact the police.
One of the primary reasons women don’t contact the police is because they fear that contacting them that it may actually make their situation more dangerous, and for many who know what it’s like to see their abusive partner escalating, survival mode kicks in and de-escalating because of their primary instinct.
Rather than call the police for help, the woman experiencing the abuse may try to calm the abusive partner or calm the abusive partner by whatever means necessary.
Also, generally, if the police are contacted and an arrest is made, it’s likely that the abusive partner would just get a slap on the wrist and when released, may become more escalated, potentially putting the woman in more danger.
There may be many valid reasons as to why a woman who’s experiencing abuse may not want to or is unable to contact the police for assistance, so the most important thing that we can initially do is believe them, and we need to be understanding because not everything is black and white, and there are grey areas where a woman experiencing domestic violence may have a criminal record and that she may have put her hands on the abusive partner to defend herself, or she might not be showing any physical injuries, but that doesn’t mean the abuse didn’t happen.