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One line from Amber viewers couldn’t believe

Heard, 36, spoke with NBC Dateline’s Savannah Guthrie for a one-hour post-defamation trial debrief, in which she was called out over her claim that she had “donated” her $US7 million ($A10 million) divorce payout to charity. The declaration, made in a TV interview, was played in court and saw Heard forced to admit it was technically untrue that any payments had actually been made.When asked for an explanation by Guthrie, Heard used a bizarre comparison.“I think when you say to someone, ‘I bought a house’ – are you lying? Because you have not paid for it in full at that point,” she responded.“I made a pledge and that pledge is made over time, in its nature.”But the justification didn’t go over well with the veteran journalist.“You’re splitting hairs there a little, because you know when you say you’ve ‘donated’, that everybody thinks you have donated – not that you’ve pledged money,” Guthrie told her.Heard argued that the trial was “meant to cast aspersions on who I am as a human, to call me a liar”, which prompted a searing response from the interviewer.“That was the trial. It was a credibility contest,” she pointed out.Plenty of viewers were equally unconvinced by Heard’s reasoning on social media.“No Amber Heard, ‘I bought a house’ is not the same as ‘I donated $7 million’, lol,” wrote one user.Another said: “‘If you said you bought a house but make payments on it does that make you a liar?’ No. But if you say ‘I split 7 million between the ACLU and a children’s hospital’ but gave them nothing but a pledge – that is a lie.”The response to the rest of the interview online wasn’t much better for Heard.“No surprise Amber Heard continued her shameful lies. Just disgusting,” wrote a Twitter user.“She’s a total actress. Fake drama!” said another.“If you were any kind of friend to @realamberheard you would have told her that this interview wouldn’t make things better,” one wrote.Others were even more brutal: “Amber Heard needs to take the loss and just stop already. She is making it worse for herself. She is not a victim if she keeps going this route. All I see is a narcissist.”During the interview, the actress also described facing a tidal wave of support for Depp – and hate for her – as she attended court each day.“I passed city blocks of people with signs saying things you couldn’t repeat on television,” she said.“I saw the courtroom packed full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who had come from all corners of the world. The jury saw all of that.”She said it was a traumatic experience, “testifying about sexual assault and violence in front of a whole room of people who have expressed their disdain for me.”Guthrie noted that in one text aired in the trial, Depp vowed to enact “total global humiliation” on Heard.“I’m not a good victim, I get it. I’m not a likeable victim. I’m not a saint. I’m not asking anyone to like me. But when I testified, I asked the jury to see me as human. He promised to ruin me – it feels as though he has.”

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