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Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro said on Tuesday that actress Amber Heard could have opened herself up to another defamation lawsuit when she doubled down on claims that her ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp, had abused her.
Heard repeated the claims several times during a “TODAY Show” interview that aired Tuesday morning, telling anchor Savannah Guthrie that she stood by the testimony she had given during the recent defamation trial — and Pirro joined her cohosts on “The Five” in reacting to the interview.
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The show began with a clip of the interview that showed Guthrie asking Heard whether or not she stood by what she had said on the stand when she accused Depp of abusing her.
“Of course, till my dying day I will stand by every word in my testimony,” Heard replied, claiming that the courtroom had been filled with “Jack Sparrow fans” and that the tone on social media had influenced the outcome of the trial. “The jury is not immune to that.”
“Congratulations to Savannah Guthrie, that was a great clip from the interview there,” Geraldo Rivera responded to the clip before turning to Pirro to get her take on the situation.
“She is reaffirming all of her allegations, aren’t they new causes of action? Couldn’t they be the subject of a new suit?” he asked.
“Absolutely, Amber Heard repeating that Johnny Depp beat her, he could sue her again,” Pirro declared. “She is, as far as this jury is concerned, lying — and let me say one more thing, the fact that he won was based on her testimony. Everything that she said was used against her in the closing statement of the plaintiff.”
Pirro went on to explain that it had not been hard evidence that had ultimately convinced the jury that Depp was telling the truth — rather, the jury had listened to both Depp and Heard and had been convinced that she was not telling the truth.
“It was not so much that there was this circumstantial evidence that he was beating her, no, her own admissions are what incriminated her,” Pirro said. “It was everything that came from her mouth, both the credible and the incredible that ended up making her the liar, her the incredible defendant… And stop speaking for all of battered women, you don’t know battered women, I know battered women, you’re not one of them.”
Pirro, who has a long history of working with battered women herself, said from the beginning that she believed Heard was lying about being the victim of abuse.