During her first TV interview since the defamation trial verdict, Amber Heard admitted she still loves Johnny Depp despite maintaining claims that he physically and sexually abused her during their 15-month marriage.
While speaking with Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie, the 36-year-old actress said she fears her ex-husband may sue her again, but in spite of that fear, she still has strong feelings for him.
“On the first day of the trial, you issued a statement. And part of the statement said, ‘I still have love for Johnny. Is that still true?” Guthrie asked.
“Absolutely I love him. I loved him with all my heart,” Heard said. “And I tried the best I could to make a deeply broken relationship work and I couldn’t. I have no bad feelings or ill will towards him at all,” she added. “I know that might be hard to understand or it might be really easy to understand if you’ve just ever loved anyone. It should be easy.”
The Aquaman star also talked about her fears that Depp, following his stunning legal victory on June 1, in which a seven-person jury awarded him over $10 million in damages, may again take her to court.
“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. It’s meant to take your voice.”
Guthrie then asked the actress if she felt Depp’s warning he sent via text of a “global humiliation” had become her new reality.
“I know he promised it… and I testified to this… I’m not a good victim, I get it, I’m not a likable victim, I’m not a perfect victim, but when I testified I asked the jury to just see me as human and to see his own words, which is a promise to do this. It feels as though he has.”
Guthrie asked about the impact of the #MeToo movement: “Legions of powerful men being cancelled, losing their jobs. Did you want that to happen to Johnny Depp?”
“Of course not,” Heard told her. “It wasn’t about him.”
The full interview is scheduled to air at 8:00 PM EST on June 17. You can watch a clip of the exchange in the video below.
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