“Every step I take will provide another opportunity for that kind of — silence, which I think a libel lawsuit should do.”
Amber Heard has expressed fears of another lawsuit from Johnny Depp in an NBC interview days after she lost the Virginia defamation lawsuit on June 1. The 36-year-old actress spoke to Savannah Guthrie for the first time after the Fairfax County Court ruled in favor of her former husband, awarding him $10.35 million in damages and giving her just $2 million.
The interview will be published in two parts TODAY, Tuesday 14th June and Wednesday 15th June. It will also air in full on ‘Dateline’ on Friday 17th June. During the interview, when Guthrie asked Heard if she was nervous about making statements following the verdict, the ‘Aquaman’ star said: “Of course. I took for granted what I felt was my right to speak.”
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“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 for that kind of – silence, which I think is meant to be a defamation lawsuit do,” before noting, “It’s supposed to — supposed to take your vote,” after being asked if she thinks Depp could sue her again.
During the six-week trial, Heard had insisted that the 2018 op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post — which was at the heart of the case — was not about Depp. In the essay, she described herself as a survivor of domestic violence. She hadn’t mentioned the 58-year-old actor’s name in it; His attorneys found the comment pointed at him and sued the actress for $50 million. The lawsuit alleged, “The comment rested on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a victim of domestic violence and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.” In response, Heard sued for $100 million.
The ‘The Rum Diary’ actress maintained the same line during the interview as she told Guthrie: “The comment wasn’t about my relationship with Johnny. What the comment was about was… lending my voice to a larger cultural conversation we were having at the time,” referring to the MeToo movement. She claimed, “I obviously knew it was important to me not to do it over him. Or to defame him.”
And as the 50-year-old broadcast journalist asked: “When you wrote that comment it was the pinnacle of #MeToo. Legions of powerful men are being laid off and losing their jobs. Did you want that to happen to Johnny Depp?” Heard replied, “Of course not. Of course not. It wasn’t about him.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Heard slammed Depp’s lawyers. Once, when Guthrie reminded her of the time the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ cast accused her of giving ‘the performance of a lifetime’ in front of a jury, she shot back,” says the persuasive man’s attorney in the world did he have scissors for his fingers?” Referring to the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands, in which Depp’s character had hands with scissor blades. She added: “I’d been listening to testimonies for weeks – implying or saying outright that I’m a terrible actress. So I’m a bit confused as to how I could be both.”