Amber Heard fears 'her voice will be taken again' by Johnny Depp if he files ANOTHER lawsuit
Amber Heard has expressed fear of facing another lawsuit from Johnny Depp in an NBC interview, days after losing the defamation trial in Virginia on June 1. The 36-year-old actress spoke with Savannah Guthrie for the first time after the Fairfax county court gave the verdict majorly in favor of her former husband, awarding him $10.35 million in damages and giving her only $2 million.
The interview is releasing in two parts on TODAY on Tuesday, June 14, and Wednesday, June 15. Also, it will air in full on ‘Dateline’ on Friday, June 17. During the interview, when Guthrie asked Heard if she was nervous about issuing statements following the ruling, the ‘Aquaman’ star said, “Of course. I took for granted what I assumed was my right to speak.”
“I’m scared that no matter what I do, no matter what I say, or how I say it — every step that I take will present another opportunity for this sort of — silencing, which is what, I guess, a defamation lawsuit is meant to do”, before noting, “It’s meant to — meant to take your voice,” after being questioned if she thinks Depp can sue her again.
During the six-week-long trial, Heard had insisted that the 2018-oped – which was at the center of the case – written by her for The Washington Post was not about Depp. In the essay, she called herself a survivor of domestic violence. She had not mentioned the 58-year-old actor’s name in it; his legal team found the op-ed pointed fingers at him and sued the actress for $50 million. The lawsuit claimed, “The op-ed depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.” In response, Heard countersued for $100 million.
‘The Rum Diary’ actress maintained the same line during the interview as she told Guthrie, “The op-ed wasn't about my relationship with Johnny. What the op-ed was about was ... me loaning my voice to a bigger cultural conversation that we were having at the time,” referring to the MeToo movement. She claimed, “I obviously knew it was important for me not to make it about him. Or to do anything like defame him.”
And when the 50-year-old broadcast journalist asked, “When you wrote this op-ed, it was the height of #MeToo. Legions of powerful men being canceled, losing their jobs. Did you want that to happen to Johnny Depp?,” Heard answered, “Of course not. Of course not. It wasn’t about him.
Elsewhere in the interview, Heard slammed Depp’s lawyers. At one point, when Guthrie reminded her of the time when the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor’s team had accused her of giving a “performance of a lifetime” before the jurors, she fired back, “Says the lawyer for the man who convinced the world he had scissors for fingers?” making reference to the 1990 ‘Edward Scissorhands’ film in which Depp's character had hands of scissor blades. She also added, “I had listened to weeks of testimony — insinuating that or saying quite directly that, you know, I’m a terrible actress. So I’m a bit confused how I could be both.”