Actress Amber Heard stated Wednesday she is horrified of future lawsuits from her ex-husband Johnny Depp if she continues to keep in touch out about their relationship—but stated she silent loves him—nearly two weeks after jurors learned she defamed him and awarded Depp $10.4 million in damages.
In an interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Heard stated she turned into once worried about what she may perchance well well relate after the choice, adding she “took as a precise what I believed turned into once my simply to keep in touch.”
Heard also continued to contend the 2018 Washington Publish op-ed at the center of the trial turned into once no longer about Depp, even no topic the trial’s .
The actress maintained the op-ed, which did no longer conceal Depp by title, turned into once about “loaning my explain to a bigger cultural conversation that we were having at the time,” relating to the #MeToo movement.
Heard stated she had “groups of attorneys” review the drafts of the op-ed, as “it turned into once main for me now to now not invent it about him,” or “compose anything esteem defame him.”
Guthrie requested if Heard silent stands by a assertion she made all the scheme in which throughout the trial—that she silent had “relish for Johnny”—and Heard stated, “Fully, I relish him,” and that she holds “no unhappy emotions or sick will toward him at all.”
“I’m unnerved that it doesn’t topic what I compose, it doesn’t topic what I relate or how I relate it, every step that I decide will conceal one more different for the form of silencing, which is what, I bet, a defamation lawsuit is meant to compose,” Heard stated. “It’s meant to pick out your explain.”
Heard addressed the controversy spherical her $7 million divorce settlement all the scheme in which throughout the interview, which the actress stated she would donate to 2 charities—the American Civil Liberties Union and the Childhood’s Sanatorium of Los Angeles. At some level of the trial, ACLU government Terence Dougherty testified she had no longer donated the $3.5 million she had pledged to the organization, and that he believed billionaire Elon Musk, who quickly dated Heard, made a payment of $500,000 on her behalf. Heard stated Wednesday she silent plans to honor her pledge, and agreed with Guthrie it may perchance perhaps absorb damaged her credibility all the scheme in which throughout the trial.
Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation, claiming the Publish op-ed insinuated he abused her, and sought $50 million in damages, main to a six-week trial. The jury learned Heard defamed Depp and awarded the actor $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, despite the incontrovertible truth that the punitive damages were knocked down to $350,000—the most amount allowed under Virginia negate law, where the trial took situation. Heard turned into once awarded $2 million after she won share of a countersuit against Depp. Heard’s authorized legitimate, Elaine Bredehoft, stated earlier this month Heard can no longer bag the money for to pay the $10 million judgment.
What To Look For
To boot to to the parts played on TODAY, Heard’s rotund interview will air Friday on NBC’s Dateline at 8 p.m., and share of the Dateline interview will be accessible Thursday on NBC’s streaming provider, Peacock.