In the full version of celebrity actress Amber Heard’s interview with NBC’s ‘Dateline’ interview with ‘Today’ aired Friday, Heard told broadcast journalist Savannah Guthrie that she is “terrified” that following their defamation trial, Johnny Depp may sue her again if she goes on speaking about the trial.
The Pineapple Express actress has expressed concern about what she may publicly say after a Virginia jury found her guilty of defaming her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, following weeks of spectacular testimony in the high-profile trial.
The defamation trial, which took place earlier this year in a Virginia court, was centred on a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which Heard hinted she was a survivor of sexual and domestic violence, as well as the hostility she said she experienced as a result of speaking publicly about it.
The post did not name Depp, but he replied by suing Heard, accusing her of destroying his reputation and career by hinting that he assaulted her in the op-ed. Heard countersued for $100 million, alleging that Depp abused her before and after their divorce in 2016. Depp refuted the allegations.
The jury finally held both Heard and Depp responsible for defaming each other, albeit the ruling clearly favored Depp, who was handed $15 million in damages to Heard’s $2 million compensation.
The celebrity actress told Guthrie in her first primetime interview since the judgement that she stands by “every word” of her evidence and will do so until her “dying day.” However, the Never Back Down actress claimed that Depp’s large crowds at the trial made testifying difficult.
She told Guthrie that in the courtroom, she spoke about sexual assault and violence in front of a jury in a packed courtroom of people who are now mocking her.
Heard told Guthrie after the verdict that she stands by “every word” of her evidence and will do so until her “death day.” However, the actor claimed that Depp’s large crowds at the trial made testifying difficult.
Due to hordes of “Captain Jack Sparrow” fans stationed outside the courthouse each day, Heard said barricades had to be set up outside the facility for her safety.
It is sad that, while Johnny is attempting to go on with his life, the defendant and her team are re-litigating topics that have already been determined by the Court and a judgement that was unanimously and decisively pronounced by a jury in Johnny’s favor, a representative told Insider.
Heard told Guthrie that she intends to appeal her case and is preoccupied with raising her young kid.