Amber Heard said she fears she may face future defamation lawsuits by speaking out about her volatile relationship with Johnny Depp in a sit-down interview where she donated $7 million to charity. He also addressed his previous pledge of
In part three of an interview that aired Wednesday with NBC News, the “Aquaman” actress said she was “scared” that she was paid $10 million in damages in a 2018 op-ed by a judge earlier this month. She risks remaining silent forever after being ordered to do so. Posted on domestic abuse.
Depp was not named in the essay, but his lawyers successfully argued to the jury that it indirectly referred to their marriage.
“I fear that whatever I do, no matter what I say, or how I say it—every step I take will present another opportunity for such—silence, that is, I think. , is to sue for defamation,” she told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
Hurd said she did the right thing after publishing the op-ed in the Washington Post and that “everything I could stand up for myself and the truth”, though she insisted it was about her marriage to Depp. never was.
“What the op-ed was about… I was lending my voice to a larger cultural conversation at the time,” she said, with the essay being published at the height of the #MeToo movement.
Hurd said that he had a team of lawyers review the essay before it was published and that he never intended to “discredit” or “revoke” Depp, adding that he still had “pirates”. Off the Caribbean” star. ,
Guthrie questions her credibility and how the jury heard she had not fulfilled her 2016 promise to donate $3.5 million of her $7 million divorce settlement to the American Civil Liberties Union. During the hearing, Hurd faced intense questioning over his previous claim that the money had been donated. An ACLU executive testified that he owed less than half of that money, with his last payment made in 2018.
“I made a vow and that vow is made by its very nature over time,” Heard told Guthrie about the money.
“You said ‘I donated.’ You know everyone thinks you donated it, not that you pledged it. So to the jurors sitting there, do you think they felt like you were being bogged down in a lie?” Guthrie asked.
Heard replied, “I don’t know, because I feel like there were so many lawsuits to object to who I am as a human being, to call me a liar by all means.”
“That was the test. It was a credibility contest. That was it,” Guthrie said.
Hurd said she still plans to honor that donation and pay it in full, NBC reported.
A one-hour special of Heard’s interview will air Friday at 8 p.m./7 p.m. on “Dateline NBC.”