Amber Heard CHALLENGES Johnny Depp to do his own interview with Savannah Guthrie
Amber Heard is reportedly challenging Johnny Depp to do his own TV interview "if he has a problem" with her claims that he physically assaulted her during an explosive Dateline interview.
The 'Aquaman' star, 36, issued the ultimatum to her ex-husband via a spokesperson on Friday, June 17, just hours before her interview with NBC host Savannah Guthrie was due to air in full. This comes after a series of clips from the hotly-anticipated tête-à-tête were aired on Today and on Peacock, in which Heard branded Depp, 59, a "liar" and doubled down on claims that he physically and sexually assaulted her during their relationship. The actress also told the network that she has a "binder full of therapist's notes" to prove her accusations against the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star.
"If Mr. Depp or his team have a problem with this, we recommend that Johnny himself sit down with Savannah Guthrie for an hour and answer all her questions," a spokesperson for Heard told the Daily Mail. In a preview clip from the Dateline interview, the actress also spoke of a "binder full" of notes from her therapist that she claims is fresh evidence of her allegations of physical and sexual abuse against Depp. However, the notes have reportedly already been dismissed by the judge in her defamation case.
Heard provided Guthrie with "years' worth" of notes taken by her therapist that detailed instances in which Depp allegedly "hit her, threw her against a wall, and threatened to kill her" as part of her new interview with Dateline. This was after Judge Penney Azcarate dismissed the notes as "hearsay" and did not allow Heard's lawyers to submit the documents as evidence.
The actress has gone public with the binder anyway, saying it "dates back to 2011 from the very beginning of her relationship." The full interview, due to air Friday night, comes after a three-part teaser that was broadcast on NBC's Today show earlier this week when Heard reiterated her defamatory claims about the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of Depp.
The therapist's notes were displayed on screen in a 20-minute preview from the Dateline episode. "There's a binder worth of years of notes dating back to 2011 from the very beginning of my relationship that were taken by my doctor who I was reporting the abuse to," Heard told Guthrie. "Her notes represented years, years of real-time explanations of what was going on," the host explained, saying that they contained descriptions of violence dating back to January 2012, when "Heard told her therapist Depp 'hit her, threw her on the floor.'" The so-called "binder" also claims the actor "ripped her nightgown, threw her on the bed" in an incident eight months later, and that in 2013 "he threw her against a wall and threatened to kill her."
Earlier this month, a Virginia-based jury ruled overwhelmingly in Depp's favor and awarded him more than $10 million in damages after deciding that Heard defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed about becoming a "public figure representing domestic abuse." While she did not mention Depp in the essay, his lawyers argued that the implications were obvious and damaged their client's career. The seven-member jury also awarded Heard $2 million in damages on one of her three defamation counterclaims.