Amber Heard Fears Continued Silencing After Johnny Depp Trial- 1
Amber Heard has given her first interview since losing her multi-million dollar defamation battle against her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Having sat down with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie last week, segments have been previewed on the Today show with the full interview scheduled for 8pm EST on 17 June.
Heard says she will stand by her testimony in the trial “to my dying day”, but with the trial played out on social media, she believes even the best-intentioned juror would’ve found it difficult to avoid.
Describing the trial as “humiliating” and that she felt “less than human”, Heard admits she did not feel confident ahead of the verdict but maintains she “spoke truth to power” and paid the price.
Asked whether Depp had made good on his promise of “total global humiliation”, Heard says it feels as though he has, but also says she still loves him.
Depp sued Heard for $50m for implying he abused her in a Washington Post op-ed. She pursued a $100m counterclaim, accusing him of conducting a “smear campaign” against her.
Heard says she’ll tell her one-year-old daughter ‘everything’ about legal battle
“I get to be a mom,” Ms Heard said. “Like full time, where I don’t have to juggle calls with lawyers.”
Oliver O’ConnellJune 15, 2022 1:35 p.m.
Heard says she ‘still loves’ Johnny Depp as Today Show airs old footage of engagement
Amber Heard has revealed she still “loves” ex-husband Johnny Depp even after their bitter defamation trial as viewers were shown old footage of the former couple’s engagement reveal in her first interview since the case.
“Absolutely. I love him. I loved him with all my heart,” she told Savannah Guthrie in a clip of the interview airing on the NBC Today show on Wednesday morning.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 15, 2022 1:20 p.m.
Heard asked if she feels ‘total global humiliation’ threat text came true
Ms Guthrie asks if Ms Heard feels that a promise from Johnny Depp in a text came true, that she would experience “total global humiliation”.
“I know he promised it… and I testified to this… I’m not a good victim, I get it, I’m not a likable victim, I’m not a perfect victim, but when I testified I asked the jury to just see me as human and to see his own words, which is a promise to do this. It feels as though it has.”
Oliver O’ConnellJune 15, 2022 1:10 p.m.
Why Heard is speaking out now
A spokesperson for Heard offered responded to the news of her first TV interview in a statement to The Independent:
“Johnny Depp’s legal team blanketed the media for days after the verdict with numerous statements and interviews on television, and Depp himself did the same on social media.
“Ms. Heard simply intended to respond to what they aggressively did last week; she did so by expressing her thoughts and feelings, much of which she was not allowed to do on the witness stand.”
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 13:00
Looking to the future, Ms Heard says she is looking forward to being a full-time mom without having to juggle calls with lawyers.
Asked about how one day she may want or have to tell her daughter about what she has been through and what she will say, Ms Heard responds: “I think, no matter what it will mean something. I did the right thing to stand up for myself and the truth.”
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 12:58
Heard says she fears Johnny Depp will sue her again
Amber Heard fears Johnny Depp could launch more legal action against her, she told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
“I’m scared that no matter what I do, no matter what I say or how I say it, it will present another opportunity for silencing,” she said.
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 12:54
In an awkward back and forth, Ms Guthrie challenges Ms Heard about the pledge to donate $7m to charity from her divorce settlement that did not happen and whether it undermined her credibility with the jury.
Ms Heard says it was one example of the Depp team casting aspersions on who she is as a human and her credibility and call her a lawyer.
Ms Guthrie points out that was the trial and it was a credibility contest.
Doubling down the actor says she shouldn’t have had to say she was going to donate the money in an effort to be believed, to which Ms Guthrie responds that she shouldn’t have had to but she did.
Ms Heard says she still intends to honor the pledge to the ACLU and the LA Children’s Hospital.
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 12:51
Amber Heard tells Savannah Guthrie that six years after their divorce and after all the legal turmoil she still loves Johnny Depp.
“I love him. I loved him with all my heart. I tried the best I could to make a deeply broken relationship work, and I couldn’t.”
“I have no bad feelings or ill will to him at all,” she adds. “I know that might be hard to understand, or it might be really easy to understand if you’ve ever loved anyone, it should be easy.”
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 12:44
Amber Heard denies tipping off TMZ about when she would be going to court to get the temporary restraining order.
Ms Guthrie also asks her about the number of specific incidents of abuse she tested about and the Depp team’s response of putting up photos of her after the alleged incidents with no bruising or marks out in public.
Ms Heard says if she had bruises it was said to be fake, if she didn’t it was said to have not happened.
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 12:42
Amber Heard says she fears further defamation action from Johnny Depp and is nervous about what she can say going forward following the trial.
“No matter what I say, or how I say it — every step that I take will present another opportunity for this sort of silencing, which is what, I guess, a defamation lawsuit is meant to do.”
Savannah Guthrie asks why she wrote the op-ed.
Ms Heard says she wasn’t writing about her relationship but was lending her voice to a wider issue and had teams of lawyers read the article to ensure she didn’t defame him.
Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 12:35