Two weeks after a Virginia jury ruled in favour of Johnny Depp in his multi-million dollar defamation trial against Amber Heard, the actress is scheduled to speak publicly for the first time.
Amber Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10 million in compensation damages and $350,000 in punitive damages after successfully convincing the court that the article had harmed his career and reputation.
On June 17, Heard will appear on NBC in a one-hour primetime special alongside Savannah Guthrie. The special, which is expected to be highly advertised and teased by the Comcast-owned network all week, will premiere at 8 p.m. ET on Friday.
The highly anticipated interview with Heard was shot on June 9 in New York City under strict security and secrecy. The actress travelled in from Virginia particularly for the shoot and returned to the DC region later that day. To keep everything under wraps, the interview was not shot at NBC’s 30 Rock headquarters.
During the filming, Heard spoke with the Today co-host on how she feels the jury’s verdict would affect free speech in America and other women speaking out about domestic abuse. She also described the spectacle that the gruesome six-week trial had become, with the self-styled “Deppford Wives” packed the courthouse both inside and outside.
Moreover, Amber Heard informed Guthrie about the key contrasts she perceives between the UK “wife beater” defamation suit that Depp lost in November 2020 against The Sun newspaper and the legal fight between the former marriage and Rum Diary co-stars on this side of the Atlantic.