Amber Heard Sets Primetime Sit-Down With NBC’s Savannah Guthrie On Depp Trial; Special Will Air This Week

Specific: Two weeks after being handed over to a Virginia jury Johnny Depp One victory in his multi-million defamation lawsuit against Amber HeardThe aquaman The actress is all set to make a big statement in public for the first time.

will appear on hear NBC In a one-hour primetime special on June 17 in a sit-down Savannah Guthrie, I learned Highly promoted and teased by the Comcast-owned network throughout the week, the special will air Fridays at 8 p.m. ET.

The much-anticipated interview with Heard was filmed in NYC on June 9 amid tight security and secrecy. The actress flew to Old Dominion specifically for filming and returned to the DC area later in the day. To keep matters a secret, the interview was cleverly not shot at NBC’s 30 Rock headquarters.

During the taping, Heard talked to them today The co-host is about how she believes the jury’s decision could influence free speech in America and other women to talk about domestic abuse, a source close to the situation told Deadline. She also discussed the spectacle from her POV that the six-week trial became with the self-styled “Deptford Wives” packing the courthouse in and out. Additionally, Hurd told Guthrie about the key differences between the UK “wife beater” libel case against which Depp lost in November 2020. Sun tabloid, and this side of the Atlantic the legal battle between the former couple and the Rum Diary co stars.

For the record, Depp failed Last year To obtain an appeal in that UK defamation suit.

Heard’s attorneys have said he succeeded in just one counter-argument and awarded a $2 million award in a June 1 antithesis ruling. she plans to appeal A decision to reduce Depp to $15 million (reduced to $10.4 million) in damages. Lawyers for both sides have appeared on network morning shows since the verdict, but so far neither Heard nor Depp have formally sat in front of the cameras.

A spokesperson for Heard told Deadline, “Johnny Depp’s legal team blanketed the media with numerous statements and interviews on television for several days following the verdict, and Depp himself did the same on social media.” “Ms. simply listened intently to respond to what he did aggressively last week; he did so by expressing his thoughts and feelings, most of which he was not allowed to do as a witness,” he told Guthrie. Along with added the inspiration behind the interview.

Depp sues Hurd for $50 million in March 2019 at the end of 2018 Washington Post The op-ed actress wrote about becoming “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Heard and Depp divorced in 2016 and the former was successfully granted an unopposed temporary restraining order against the latter. As part of the divorce settlement, Heard received a settlement of $7 million, which she had promised to donate and is partially complete. Also, because of an arbitration clause in the divorce documents, it was practically impossible for Depp to publicly sue Heard for statements made about the couple’s relationship before the end of their short-lived marriage.

Although Depp was never named in a 2018 article prepared primarily by the ACLU in the Jeff Bezos-owned newspaper, the former Pirates of the Caribbean The star claimed that it “devastated” his already declining career. Depp also insisted that Heard’s claims were false and that, in fact, he was the one who was abused in the relationship.

After repeatedly failing to have the defamation case dismissed or moved out of Virginia, Heard countered Depp for $100 million in the summer of 2020.

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Almost immediately after the jury’s ruling earlier this month at the Fairfax County Courthouse, both Depp and Heard gave statements directly and online. A “heartbroken” Heard, who was in the courtroom for the decision, said, “The despair I feel today is beyond words.” On the other hand, a conspicuously absent Depp, who was on a UK tour with Jeff Beck, declared that “the jury gave my life back to me.”

Depp currently has no studio roles, while Heard will reprise his role in Warner Bros.’s James Wan directorial. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, The Jason Momoa-led superhero flick is set to release on March 17, 2023.