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Megyn Kelly Says Amber Heard's 'Bad' Testimony Tanked Case in Depp Trial

Newsweek logo Newsweek 6/16/2022 Ryan Smith
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Megyn Kelly has criticized Amber Heard's recent comments about the jury's verdict in the defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp, accusing the star of tanking her own defense with "bad" testimony.

Heard, 36, battled in court with Depp, 59, after he sued her for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post, in which she said that she was a domestic abuse survivor—a claim the jury found to be false and defamatory. Following a six-week trial, the jury on June 1 awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2 million after it was found that Depp's former attorney, Adam Waldman, had made defamatory comments about her.

Sitting down with Today's Savannah Guthrie for her first interview since the verdict, Heard said that the judgment going largely in Depp's favor was inevitable, given his celebrity status and selection of witnesses who were "paid employees" and "randos."

Heard also said that she didn't "blame" the jurors for their verdict because Depp is "a beloved character and people feel they know him. He's a fantastic actor." Her comments caught the attention of Kelly, who slammed the Aquaman star's take on the jury while also accusing her of orchestrating her own courtroom downfall.

Speaking on her podcast, The Megyn Kelly Show, she said of Heard: "She's like, 'How could they think anything other than I'm a liar when they listen to Johnny's paid staffers and randos?'"

Addressing Heard's claim that Depp had called on a witness who "really didn't have a connection," Kelly went on: "Your lawyer had the chance to point all of this out on cross-examination and did. And you, Amber Heard, pointed it out when you were on the witness stand as well."

Kelly added: "The jury heard all of your defenses, all of your attempts to poke holes in the credibility of these people, and they rejected them. That doesn't make the jury this helpless group of vulnerable people who would just be swayed by the randos and the paid employees.

"They factored all of that in and they still did not believe you. Like, that's how bad your case was, your testimonial was. They saw all of that and heard all those arguments. They rejected them."

Elsewhere in the podcast, Kelly also brought up Heard discussing the barrage of negative social media posts directed at her. Heard had told Guthrie: "I don't care what one thinks about me or what judgments you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home, in my marriage, behind closed doors. I don't presume the average person should know those things. And so I don't take it personally."

Kelly reacted by saying that "clearly [Heard] does" care about how she's perceived, adding: "She's only saying she doesn't care because she just lost. And for to say that the social media against her was unfair, to me it's like...chicken or egg. She was unbelievable and social media turned against her, or social media turned against her, and then the jurors found her unbelievable. She thinks it's the latter, I think it's the former."

One of Kelly's podcast guests Emily Jashinsky, culture editor at The Federalist, pointed out that members of the public "were watching the raw, live footage of the trial. It wasn't that people were just getting information from the clips. The internet feed of the [trial] was setting records for some websites. It was so popular, people just clinging to the live feed. So I think [opinion] tilted when the case against Amber Heard tilted."

Johnny Depp is pictured testifying at his defamation trial against Amber Heard in Fairfax, Virginia, April 25, 2022. The jury largely sided with Depp when the verdict was delivered on June 1. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images © STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Johnny Depp is pictured testifying at his defamation trial against Amber Heard in Fairfax, Virginia, April 25, 2022. The jury largely sided with Depp when the verdict was delivered on June 1. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Another guest, Eliana Johnson, editor-in-chief of the conservative website Washington Free Beacon, accused Heard of branding the jurors "gullible" by calling Depp a wonderful actor "and omitting the fact that she also had equal time to present her evidence and her defense in this trial."

Kelly also pointed out that jurors were ordered "not to go anywhere near" social media coverage of the trial, which Heard suggested had affected opinions.

Jashinsky said: "I think the interview itself with Savannah Guthrie is representative of why people were skeptical of [Heard] when she was on the stand because it's so contrived, it doesn't feel natural. It feels like she's acting and she's not doing a very good job at that."

After Kelly interrupted to agree with the statement that it felt as though Heard was acting, Jashinsky went on: "It feels so contrived and it feels so unnatural. I don't think she did herself any favors at all."

Heard's full interview with Guthrie is set to air as an NBC primetime special on Friday.

Newsweek reached out to Heard's representative for comment.

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