Amber Heard says she still loves Depp, but fears further defamation lawsuits

Amber Heard says she still loves Depp, but fears further defamation lawsuits

Amber Heard said she still loves Johnny Depp, but fears that “every step I take” represents an opportunity for a new libel suit.

In the latter part of her interview with NBC Today, the 36-year-old actress told journalist Savannah Guthrie that she “has no hard feelings or ill will” toward Depp after his high-profile court case.

The interview, the first on TV since the case was concluded two weeks ago, also showed that her voice fears that she could be “silenced” in the future.

Johnny Depp court case

Johnny Depp received $10.35 million (£8.2 million) in damages (Yui Mok/PA)

Asked if she was nervous about what she might say now, she said: “Of course. I took for granted what I assumed was my right to speak.”

Guthrie then questioned her about whether she thought she could be sued for defamation again.

Heard responded, “I’m afraid that no matter what I do, no matter what I say or how I say it, every step I take will present another opportunity to silence, which I think is what a process of defamation must do. – is to take away your voice.”

Asked if she still had love for Depp, she replied: “Yes, absolutely. I love him.

“I loved him with all my heart and tried my best to make a deeply broken relationship work. And I couldn’t.

“I have no resentment or ill will towards him. I know it can be hard to understand.

“Or it might be pretty easy to understand if you’ve ever loved someone… It should be easy.”

The six-week trial also saw Heard questioned as to why she had not yet donated her $7 million (£5.7 million) divorce settlement to charities as promised.

“I made a promise and that promise is made over time by its nature,” she replied.

But Guthrie intervened: “If you say you donated, you know everyone thinks you donated, not that you promised.

“And to the jury sitting there, do you think they felt you were being caught in a lie?”

Heard responded, “I don’t know why I feel like so much of the judgment was done to slander who I am as a human, my credibility, to call me a liar in every way possible.

“This is another one of those instances where if you step back and think about it, I shouldn’t have donated in an effort to be believed.

“I shouldn’t have to book all this.”

Heard also denied that she or anyone on her staff informed celebrity website TMZ about when she would appear in a Los Angeles courtroom to file a restraining order against Depp.

She said: “I was going to say, he certainly hasn’t been warned by me or anyone on my (team) team. Why would they? Not. As I witnessed before, it had nothing to do with me.

She also addressed a text message shown in evidence in which Depp appeared to threaten her with “total global humiliation”.

Asked if he had achieved this, Heard said: “I know he promised. I witnessed this. I’m not a good victim, I understand. I’m not a sympathetic victim. I’m not a perfect victim.

“But when I testified, I asked the jury to see me as a human and here, in his own words, which is a promise to do that, it looks like he did.”

Two weeks ago, the jury found a 2018 article Heard wrote for the Washington Post about his experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse to be defamatory.

Depp has consistently denied during his own trials the “outrageous and bizarre” allegations of abuse and said he “spoke for what I’ve been reluctantly carrying on my back for six years.”

The 59-year-old was awarded $10.35 million (£8.2 million) in damages.

Heard won in an indictment of her counter-suit, successfully arguing that Depp’s publicist defamed her by claiming her allegations were “a hoax of abuse” designed to capitalize on the #MeToo movement.

The jury awarded him two million dollars (1.5 million pounds) in damages.

As deliberations took place, Depp appeared on stage with veteran rock guitarist Jeff Beck, 77, during their UK tour and the duo also recently announced a collaborative album.

Depp previously lost a similar judgment in the UK, which he brought against the editor of The Sun newspaper after an article, also written in 2018, referred to him as a “wife beater”.

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