Amber Heard spoke to NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie on “Today” about her life following the verdict in the second part of her first post-trial interview.
“I’m frightened that no matter what I do, no matter what I say or how I say it, every step that I take will create another potential for this sort of silencing,” Heard stated when asked if she’s worried about being sued by Depp for defamation again.
Guthrie brought up Depp’s text message to Heard, in which he predicted that she would face “complete global disgrace,” and questioned if she believed that prediction came true.
“I know he promised it,” she said. “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 hear his own words, which is a promise to do this. It feels as though he has.”
Guthrie questioned why, two years after her divorce settlement, Heard wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post in which she alluded to being a victim of earlier violence. It was the crux of the slander trial, even though it didn’t mention Depp by name.
“The op-ed wasn’t about my relationship with Johnny,” she said. “What the op-ed was about was me loaning my voice to a bigger cultural conversation that we were having at the time.”
Amber Heard pre-verdict: “I just want to move on. And for Johnny to move on.”
Amber Heard on National TV this week: “You Cannot Look Me in the Eye & Tell Me My Trial Was Fair.”
The narcissist craves attention.
The victimology tour continues. pic.twitter.com/SXZ8g8TwDq
— Greg Ellis 🏴☠️ (@ellisgreg) June 13, 2022
“Of course not,” Heard replied when asked if she was aiming to “cancel” Depp with the op-ed. It has nothing to do with him.”
“I get to be a mom full-time, where I’m not having to juggle calls with lawyers,” Heard told Guthrie about her impending plans.
Asked about Johnny today, Heard said, “I love him. I loved him with all my heart. And I tried the best I could to make a deeply broken relationship work. I couldn’t. No bad feelings or ill will towards him at all. 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.”
Heard gave her first interview to Guthrie on NBC’s “Today” show after the highly publicised trial between her and Depp ended. During the conversation, the two talked about the case’s verdict, which saw both Heard and Depp receive compensatory damages, but Depp’s was much higher.
Heard denied lying about the alleged abuse she revealed during her testimony in the first portion of the interview, stating, “I made a lot of mistakes, but I’ve always told the truth.” She also expressed her conviction that the trial’s social media coverage influenced the outcome.
“I think even the most well-intentioned juror… it would have been impossible to avoid this,” Heard said. “Every single day I passed three, four, sometimes six city blocks lined with people holding signs saying ‘Burn the Witch,’ ‘Death to Amber.’ After three and a half weeks, I took the stand and saw a courtroom packed full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were vocal, energized.”
The Virginia jury found both Heard and Depp guilty of slander against each other during the Depp-Heard trial. The jury found Depp not guilty of three charges of slander and Heard not guilty of one count of defamation in her counterclaim. Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, with the punitive awards lowered to $350,000 due to the state’s statutory cap on punitive damages. For her counterclaim, Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.
Depp, the plaintiff in the case, sued Heard for defamation after she penned an op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018 in which she alluded to being a victim of past abuse. Depp claimed that the op-ed hurt his reputation and ruined his career, despite the fact that the op-ed did not specifically address the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor. Heard and Depp split after two years of marriage a year before the op-ed was published, with Heard stating that Depp had abused her emotionally, physically, and sexually during their relationship.
Prior to the American trial, in 2020, the High Court of London decided against Depp in a separate defamation case stemming from Depp’s lawsuit against The Sun for reporting on the abuse allegations. In 12 of the 14 reported occurrences, a British court found that he attacked Heard.
Elaine Bredehoft, Heard’s attorney, has stated that her client intends to appeal the conviction since the Virginia trial ended.