Amber Heard’s team defended her right to speak out against her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, despite a jury finding that she previously defamed him and owes him millions as a result.
“If Mr. Depp or his team has a problem with this, we recommend Johnny himself sit down with Savannah Guthrie for an hour and answer all her questions,” a spokesperson for the Aquaman actress told Vidak For Congress.
Heard’s interview with NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie has been aired in part on the “Today” show all week and will air in full on “Dateline” Friday night.
In the clips already released, the “Rum Diary” actress has confessed that she still “loves” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star and considers him a “fantastic” actor, but insists she is behind every word of hers shall stand testimony to her ‘dying day’.
“As I testified in the stands…when your life is on the line, not only will you take the blame for things you shouldn’t be blamed for, but also when you’re in a violent dynamic, psychologically, emotionally and physically, you don’t have the resources that, say, you or I have, with the luxury of saying, ‘Hey, this is black and white,'” she told Guthrie, 50.
Depp, 59, sued Heard, 36, over those exact implications — that he abused her — in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote titled: “Amber Heard: I spoke out against sexual assault — and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.”
On June 1, the jury awarded “Edward Scissorhands” star $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages and awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages for a counterclaim she filed.
Depp’s team released a statement to “Dateline” criticizing Heard for “repeating” her claims in her sit-down with Guthrie, according to a preview streamed on Peacock Thursday.
“It is unfortunate that the defendant and her team are repeating, rethinking and re-challenging cases already decided by the court and a ruling that has been unanimously and unequivocally decided in Johnny’s favor,” his legal team said.
Although Depp has not yet sat down for an interview, he has expressed his views on the verdict.
After the decision was announced, the “Blow” star released a statement sharing that he felt he had gotten his life back and said the “purpose of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome.”
Depp then joined TikTok to thank his “cherished, loyal and unwavering” fans for their support.
He added: “We did the right thing together, all because you cared. And now we are all moving forward together.”
Heard criticized Depp’s message, saying via a spokesperson after the TikTok video was posted: “While Johnny Depp says he is ‘moving forward’, women’s rights are declining. The message of the verdict to victims of domestic violence is … fear not to get up and speak out.”