- The full version of Amber Heard’s interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie aired Friday.
- Heard said she was “terrified” that Johnny Depp might sue her again after their defamation lawsuit.
- “I took for granted what I assumed was my right to speak,” the actor said.
Amber Heard said she was nervous about what she could say publicly after a Virginia jury found her guilty of defaming her ex-husband Johnny Depp after weeks of sensational testimony in in a highly publicized trial.
In a Friday interview on NBC’s “Dateline” with “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie, Heard said she was “terrified” that Depp could sue her again for defamation if she continues to talk about the lawsuit. .
“I took for granted what I assumed was my right to speak. I’m afraid that no matter what I do or what I say or how I say it, every step I take will present another opportunity for this kind of silence, which is what I guess a libel suit is supposed to do — take your voice,” Heard said.
At the center of the libel lawsuit, which unfolded in a Virginia court earlier this year, was a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which Heard implied she was a survivor of sexual and domestic violence and the vitriol that ‘she said she received accordingly. to talk about it publicly. The article did not name Depp, but he responded by taking Heard to court, accusing his ex-wife of ruining his reputation and career by insinuating in the editorial that he abused her.
Heard sued for $100 million, alleging Depp assaulted her before and during their marriage, which ended in divorce in 2016. Depp has denied the allegations.
The jury ultimately found Heard and Depp liable for defaming each other, although the verdict was undeniably a victory for Depp, who was awarded $15 million in damages, compared to Heard’s $2 million.
In her first prime-time interview after the verdict, Heard told Guthrie that she stood by “every word” of her testimony and would do so until her “dying day.” But the actor said the many Depp fans present at the trial often made it difficult to testify.
“In the courtroom, I testify about sexual assault and abuse before a jury in a crowded courtroom of people who express their contempt for me,” she told Guthrie.
Heard said barricades had to be set up outside the courthouse for his safety, due to the crowds of “Captain Jack Sparrow” fans stationed outside the building each day.
The lawsuit inspired outsized internet engagement – the vast majority of which appeared to be in support of Depp. Heard said in her interview that she doesn’t “blame” the jury for their verdict in the case.
“I’m not a good victim, I get it. I’m not a sympathetic victim. I’m not a saint,” she said. “I don’t ask anyone to love me.”
But Heard said she feared the result would have a “crippling” effect for survivors of domestic violence.
“What I learned in this trial is that it’s never going to be good enough. If you have proof, then it was a ploy, it was a hoax,” she said. “If you don’t have proof, it didn’t happen.”
A spokesperson for Depp responded to Heard’s interview by accusing him of “re-litigating” the matter in the media.
“It is unfortunate that as Johnny seeks to move on with his life, the defendant and her team are beginning to repeat, re-imagine and challenge issues that have already been decided by the Court and a verdict that has been decided. unanimously and unequivocally by a jury in favor of Johnny,” the rep told Insider.
Heard told Guthrie she plans to appeal her case and is focused on being a mother to her young daughter.