Amber Heard says she fears further lawsuits for defamation of Johnny Depp – National

Amber Heard said she fears further lawsuits from her ex-husband Johnny Depp, especially as she continues to speak out publicly after their heavily publicized defamation lawsuit.

Two weeks after a jury in Fairfax, Virginia, ruled that Heard, 36, had defamed Depp, 58, Aquarius actor appeared on NBC’s Show todaywhere she was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie.

In the interview, Guthrie Heard asked about the jury’s decision to find her 2018 Washington Post op-ed — describing herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence” — defamatory. The jury delivered a split verdict, awarding Depp US$10 million in damages (plus $350,000 in punitive damages) and Heard a partial win of $2 million.

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Guthrie asked Heard if she was “nervous” about what she could and couldn’t say in the interview.

“Of course,” Heard replied. “I took for granted what I took as my right to speak.”

Heard added that she was “afraid” that Depp would continue to take legal action against her.

“No matter what I say, or how I say it, every step I take will provide another opportunity for this kind of silence,” she said. “That’s what, I think, a defamation lawsuit is meant to do.”

‘The opinion wasn’t about Johnny’

Heard claimed in the interview — and in court — that the Washington Post op-ed, written two years after their divorce, wasn’t about her former A-list husband.

The op-ed never mentioned Depp by name.

“What the opinion was about was lending my voice to a larger cultural conversation we were having at the time,” Heard said, referring to the #MeToo movement.

“It was important to me not to talk about him, or do anything like defame him,” she added, saying she had “teams of lawyers” read the drafts of the article before it was published.

When asked if she wanted Depp to be “cancelled” as other powerful men have resulted from the #MeToo movement, Heard vehemently denied this.

‘I didn’t want this to become known’

Heard said the reason she never told police about Depp’s alleged domestic violence was that she “didn’t want to work with them.”

“I didn’t want this to come out,” she said. “I didn’t want to get him in trouble.”

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She said that despite her reluctance to cooperate with the police, she eventually decided to file a temporary restraining order against Depp.

“You can’t get a restraining order in private, which of course I didn’t understand the night the police were called,” she said.

She denied ever tipping TMZ when she would file for the restraining order, contrary to what a TMZ employee testified in court.

The $7 Million Commitment

Guthrie asked Heard about her $7 million charitable pledge that was part of her divorce settlement with Depp. The pledge was a focal point in the defamation lawsuit, as it was revealed Heard had not yet donated the full amount. In court, Heard testified that she used the words “donate” and “promise” interchangeably.

“I’ve made a promise, and that promise is naturally made over time,” Heard said.

“I feel a lot of the process was to criticize who I am as a person, my credibility, to call me a liar in every way possible,” she said, interrupted by Guthrie, who said that exactly was what the process was.

Guthrie called the process a “credibility contest.”

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“I didn’t have to donate it trying to believe it,” Heard said, referring to the $7 million pledge.

The actor claimed that she still intends to keep the promise.

‘I am not a good victim’

Lots of graphic and disturbing text messages from Depp to friends (including Marvel WandaVision star Paul Bettany) and associates were read in court.

Guthrie asked Heard about such a text in which Depp promised “total global humiliation” for Heard. Guthrie asked the actor if she thought her ex-husband was successful.

Heard took a deep breath and replied, “I know he promised.”

“I testified to this. I’m not a good victim,” she said.

“But when I testified, I asked the jury to see me as a human being and hear his own words, which is a promise to do this. It feels like he did.”

‘I love him’

During the trial, Heard told the court, “I still have love for Johnny.”

When Guthrie asked the actor if this was still true, Heard said it was.

“After all?” asked Guthrie.

“Absolutely,” Heard replied quickly. “I love him. I loved him with all my heart, and I did my best to make a deeply broken relationship work.

“I have no ill feelings or ill will towards him at all.”

‘I did the right thing’

When asked about the future, Heard said she loved being a mother. Heard’s daughter, Oonagh Paige Heard, is one year old.

“I get to be a mom, like, full-time,” Heard said with a smile.

Guthrie asked if and how Heard would tell her daughter about the libel lawsuit in the future.

“I don’t think it matters what it means,” Heard said. “I did the right thing. I did everything I could to stand up for myself and the truth.”

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