Despite a bitter six-week trial and years of court battles, Amber Heard says she still loves her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.
“I love him. I loved him with all my heart. And I was trying my best to make a deeply broken relationship work. And I couldn’t,” the Aquaman actress said on the Today show Wednesday in the second part of their post-sentence interviews, days before it airs in full Friday on NBC News’ Dateline.
“I [have] no ill feelings or ill will toward him at all,” Heard, 36, told co-host Savannah Guthrie. “I know that might be hard to understand or really easy to understand. If you’ve ever loved someone, it should be easy.”
Heard’s comments come from excerpts of her first post-sentencing interview since the end of the controversial Virginia defamation trial two weeks ago. At the time, a jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages after finding that she had defamed the Pirates of the Caribbean superstar. In her countersuit, she was awarded $2 million.
The sensational trial and verdict, which comes from a 2018 Washington Post op-ed Heard wrote, also corroborated Depp’s claims that Heard lied about abusing her. Heard plans to appeal the verdict, which she sees as disappointing and a setback for abuse victims. She addressed it during her interview on Wednesday, describing herself as “not a sympathetic victim,” noting that she feared being sued again for defamation by taking part.
“I’m afraid that no matter what I do, no matter what I say or how I say it, every step I take represents another opportunity for that kind of silence,” she told Guthrie, “which I suspect is a libel lawsuit.” is to do. It’s supposed to take your voice.”
But the Magic Mike XXL actress reiterated her belief that she did the right thing for her and her 1-year-old daughter.
“I think no matter what happens, it’s going to mean something,” she said Wednesday. “I did the right thing. I have done everything to stand up for myself and the truth.”
Heard said she wrote the comment to add her voice at the height of the #MeToo movement. And though she never credited Depp in it, she said she hired a team of lawyers to review the piece. She claimed she didn’t want to defame Depp, fire him or lose his job – like other powerful men had done when allegations were leveled against her.
“Of course not, of course not,” Heard told Guthrie. “It wasn’t about him.”
Both actors face uncertain career prospects after the verdict. Depp is already attempting to launch a musical comeback amid a report circulating Tuesday claiming Heard was being scrubbed by Warner Bros. upcoming tentpole movie Aquaman 2. She has denied the report despite Depp fan petitions to pull her from the Justice League spinoff.
In the first part of Heard’s interview, which aired Tuesday, the Rum Diary star insisted she “always told the truth” during the trial.
“That’s all I said. And I spoke it to power. And I paid the price,” she said. “Until the day I die, I will stand by every word of my testimony. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I’ve always told the truth.”
Heard also said she doesn’t blame the jury for siding with Depp, saying her ex is “a beloved character and people feel like they know him.” He’s a fantastic actor.”
She also believes his legal team “did a better job of distracting the jury from the real issues,” and described her short-lived marriage to Depp as “toxic.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-06-15/amber-heard-today-show-interview-post-trial Amber Heard explains why she still loves Depp on ‘Today’