Amber Heard interview: Actor tells Savannah Guthrie on Today show ‘she did right thing’ and talks about feelings for Johnny Depp after trial

Amber Heard admits she and Depp might look like ‘Hollywood brats’

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. She acknowledged that she and Depp looked like spoiled “Hollywood brats” to the average person, but maintains her case was about free speech.

Guthrie challenged Heard over her own actions in the relationship and she admitted doing and saying “horrible, regrettable things” but said she “always told the truth”.

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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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NBC’s Today show broadcasting more of Amber Heard interview

NBC’s Today show is broadcasting more of Savannah Guthrie’s interview with Amber Heard this morning.

In a tease at the top of the show, Ms Heard maintains she “did the right thing” with the court case and will talk about her plans for the future.

Ms Guthrie also asks her about her feelings for Johnny Depp following the trial.

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Heard insists ‘I spoke truth to power’

Amber Heard insists that she spoke “truth to power” throughout the high-profile defamation trial against her ex-husband Johnny Depp in a recent exclusive interview on NBC’s TodayShow.

“The First Amendment protects speech … it doesn’t protect lies that amount to defamation,” NBC host Savannah Guthrie put to the actor in her first interview since Mr Depp won his $50m defamation case against her. The jury also awarded Ms Heard a partial win in her countersuit, which was decided earlier this month.

“Free speech does not protect you if you go into a crowded theater and you scream ‘fire’,” Ms Heard explained in a clip of the interview, which is scheduled to air in full at 8pm ET on Friday 17 June.

“My understanding of what that means is not just the freedom to speak, it’s a freedom to speak truth to power,” she added.

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Watch: Heard admits she and Depp might look like ‘Hollywood brats’

Amber Heard admits she and Depp might look like ‘Hollywood brats’

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