Amber Heard says she ‘still loves’ Johnny Depp as Today Show airs old footage of engagement reveal
Amber Heard has revealed she still “loves” ex-husband Johnny Depp even after their bitter defamation trial as viewers were shown old footage of the former couple’s engagement reveal in her first interview since the case.
“Absolutely. I love him. I loved him with all my heart,” she told Savannah Guthrie in a clip of the interview airing on the NBC Today show on Wednesday morning.
“I have no bad feelings or ill will toward him at all.”
Ms Heard’s sitdown with Ms Guthrie marks the first time the actor has given an interview since she lost the defamation case with her ex-husband and was ordered to pay him $8.35m in damages.
Mr Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation over a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post where she described herself as a victim of domestic abuse and spoke of feeling “the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out”.
Following an explosive six-week trial, a jury of seven determined that Ms Heard had defamed him on all three counts.
Amber Heard is seen on the witness stand during intense cross-examination in the trial
Jurors awarded Mr Depp $10m in compensatory damages and $5m in punitive damages, before Fairfax County Circuit Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the latter to the state’s legal limit of $350,000.
Ms Heard won one of her three counterclaims against her ex-husband, with the jury finding that Mr Depp – via his lawyer Adam Waldman – defamed her by branding her abuse allegations “fake” and a “sexual violence hoax”.
She was awarded $2m in compensatory damages but $0 in punitive damages, leaving the Aquaman actor $8.35m out of pocket.
Ms Heard described the verdict as “a setback” for women who speak up with allegations of abuse.
Her attorney has said she plans to appeal and claimed that Ms Heard does not have the funds to pay the damages.