Nearly two weeks after a jury found she had defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp in a high-profile trial, Amber Heard says she still loves him.
“Absolutely. I love him. I loved him with all my heart,” Heard told Savannah Guthrie in an exclusive interview with NBC News. “I don’t have any resentment or ill will toward him.”
Heard’s interview with Savannah aired in two parts Tuesday and Wednesday this week on TODAY and will air in a special this Friday on Dateline. The actress spoke about the trial, which focused on a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she claimed to have survived domestic abuse. She did not name Depp as an abuser in the play, but the actor’s lawyers said she cited allegations she made during their 2016 divorce. Lawyers for Depp, who denies all allegations of abuse, say the editorial impacted her career.
For six weeks, Heard faced Depp’s lawyers, participating in his interrogation in which they examined his mental health, behavior and credibility. Despite that, the “Aquaman” actress told Savannah that she still loves the man she accused of physical and psychological abuse and who accused her of so much in return.
The trial ended with a jury finding that Heard defamed Depp and awarding Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. A judge reduced punitive damages to $350,000. The jury also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages in his counterclaim, but nothing in punitive damages.
Recalling an Instagram statement the actor released ahead of the six-week defamation trial, Savannah questioned Heard’s claim at the time that she still loved him.
“On the first day of the trial, you issued a statement,” Savannah commented. “And part of the statement said, ‘I still have love for Johnny.’
Speaking with Savannah, Heard remained adamant about her feelings.
“I tried my best to make a deeply broken relationship work. And I couldn’t. I have no resentment or ill will towards him,” she said.
“I know it can be hard to understand, or it can be very easy to understand,” she said. “If you’ve ever loved someone, it must be easy.”
Throughout the trial and its aftermath, Heard maintained that his motivation for writing the editorial was to lend his voice to the #MeToo movement, which was in full force at the time.
“Legions of powerful men getting canceled, losing their jobs,” Savannah noted to Heard in the interview. “Did you want this to happen to Johnny Depp?”
“Of course not,” Heard replied. “It wasn’t about him.”