In a statement posted hours before the broadcast, a representative for Heard aimed at Depp for his impending appearance with Savannah Guthrie.
“If Mr. Depp or his team have an issue with this, we suggest that Johnny take a seat with Savannah Gutherie for an hour and answer all of her questions,” the statement stated.
Throughout the week, segments of Heard’s interview with NBC Today have been broadcast on the program.
In one teaser, the host asked the actress if her pre-trial declaration that she “still loves for” Depp stands, despite her evidence that he brutally beat her throughout their marriage and her claim that he fulfilled a threat to publicly humiliate her.
“Ms. Heard just intended to respond to their violent behavior last week; she did so by expressing her thoughts and emotions, which she was not permitted to do on the witness stand.”
Heard and Depp were involved in a weeks-long blockbuster trial when the actor sued his ex-wife for $50 million, accusing her of defaming him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she claimed to have been the victim of domestic violence.
After the trial, the jury determined that Heard intentionally defamed Depp. He was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. A Virginia statute imposes a cap of $350,000 on punitive damages, resulting in their reduction to this sum.
In a teaser for the highly-anticipated NBC interview, Heard said that she had been documenting alleged physical abuse in her relationship with Depp since 2011, but that this information was not allowed to be presented at the current trial.
In the footage, Heard informed Guthrie, “There is a binder full of notes dating back to 2011 that were taken by my doctor when I reported the abuse.”
This statement follows one from Depp’s legal team in which Heard was accused of “imagining” the situation in her NBC interview.
This statement follows a previous one from Heard’s camp, in which the Guthrie interview was described as a response to Depp’s “aggressive” media coverage since the verdict.
Guthrie also asked her if Depp’s claim that he had never hit her was true. “Yes,” she said.
In response to the interview, a spokesperson for Depp said, “It’s unfortunate that while Johnny is trying to move on with his life, the defendant and her team are back to repeating, reimagining, and re-litigating things that have already been decided by the court and a verdict that was clearly in Johnny’s favor by a jury.”
After meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011, Depp and Heard started dating, and they got married in 2015. The following year, Heard got a restraining order against Depp, and in 2017, they got a divorce.
This week, a juror in the defamation case said that the jury was “very uncomfortable” with Heard’s testimony because there wasn’t enough evidence to back it up and she seemed to cry “crocodile tears.”
One of the seven jurors told ABC News on the condition of anonymity that “a lot of Amber’s story didn’t make sense” and that “the majority of the jury thought she was more the aggressor”.
“The crying, the looks on their faces, and the way they were staring at the jury made us all feel very uneasy,” the male juror said.
“She’d answer one question and start crying, and then two seconds later she’d become as cold as ice… Some of us have used the phrase “crocodile tears.”
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They were together for four years. In 2010, at GLAAD’s 25th-anniversary event, the actress said she was both gay and straight. In 2012, the two broke up. Amber Heard broke up with Johnny Depp in 2016, and that same year she began dating British supermodel Cara Delevingne.