On Wednesday, This day released the second part of an exclusive interview with actress Amber Heard—his first televised sit-in after losing an explosive trial for defamation against her ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp. Among other revelations, the 36-year-old claimed that she still “loved” Depp and denied wanting to “cancel him” in her op-ed at the center of the case.
During the Virginia trial, which concluded on June 1, a jury found that Heard defamed Depp when washington post published an opinion piece from 2018 under her signature describing herself as a victim of domestic abuse. Depp was awarded $15 million in damages, but will only receive $10.35 million due to a state cap on punitive damages. The jury also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages after finding that Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, defamed her after he accused Heard of framing Depp in a “hoax”.
Despite winning that particular countersuit, as well as a 2020 UK trial that found Depp had abused Heard on 12 out of 14 occasions, Heard has largely been described as a liar in the public eye by the media. Depp’s legion of obsessively devoted fans on social media and his Hollywood peers since she first alleged abuse in 2016. Similarly, Guthrie seemed skeptical of the aquaman star in her face-to-face, pressing her on the recordings and other evidence presented by Team Depp while conveniently ignoring much of the recordings and other evidence offered by Heard. (The UK trial admitted much more evidence than the Virginia trial, which may help explain the different outcome.)
In the first half of the interview which aired Monday, the news anchor questioned the actress about whether she instigated physical violence against Depp, asked her about the recordings that Heard says were taken out of context, and informed her that the First Amendment does not protect “lies.” . At the conclusion of the interview, Guthrie was similarly cynical and dissatisfied with Heard’s responses, telling the actress that her “reference” to Depp in her op-ed was “unmistakable.” She also asked Heard if she had told TMZ to take photos of her with a bruise when she filed a restraining order against Depp in 2016. For the most part, her questioning did not go beyond information. that was not raised during the trial. and discussed by Heard, and completely lacked insight into abuse.
It is not the first time that a television presenter has been insensitive to the issue of domestic abuse or is unaware of how survivors adapt to violent situations with their partners. (See Barbara Walters’ interview with Rihanna after her incident with Chris Brown or Gayle King’s interview with FKA Twigs about her accusations against Shia LaBeouf.) However, viewers and journalists continue to be amazed at the fact that Guthrie was allowed to interview Heard in the first place.
The week before, Guthrie revealed that her husband, Michael Feldman, worked as an adviser to Depp’s legal team during the libel trial just before starting an interview with Depp’s lawyers, Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew. The interview went viral on Twitter and received immediate backlash from users who claimed a conflict of interest.
“The week before, Guthrie revealed that her husband, Michael Feldman, worked as an adviser to Depp’s legal team during the libel trial just before starting an interview with Depp’s lawyers, Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew.”
“If I were Amber Heard’s publicist or PR person, I probably wouldn’t give my client’s first major interview with someone who disclosed a conflict of interest.” wrote a Twitter user.
“If Guthrie is going to continue doing these interviews, THIS DAY needs to make much larger disclaimers that Guthrie, through her husband’s consulting work, personally enriched herself from Depp’s PR team.” aware other. “The blatant conflict of interest is disrespectful to Ms. Heard.”
Since then, journalism experts heavy on about the controversy in business insidereportcalling Guthrie’s decision to interview Depp’s lawyers “a little crazy” and highlighting a “financial involvement” as Feldman could be used again when Heard seeks to appeal the jury’s verdict.
While neither Heard nor her representatives have yet to speak about the controversy, sources in the same article say that both Heard and her team were aware of Guthrie’s connection to the case and were willing to proceed with the interview, which will conclude. with one hour duration. date line special broadcast on Friday.
While it’s hard to imagine the thought process behind the organization of this interview and its use in a subsequent editorial, it’s possible that Heard, who has been publicly sympathetic to the jury and Depp’s supporters, wanted to show the public that she could participate. in polite conversation with someone closely associated with your detractors. Still, it seems strange and extremely ill-advised that Heard’s team would allow their client to undergo Guthrie’s meager and unbiased cross-examination for his first major post-trial television appearance, given how many journalists are presumably biting their nails to get their hands on it. an exclusive with the Actress.
Regardless of intent or any knowledge Heard and her team received prior to the interview, the fact that Heard spent most of the meeting defending herself against the widely publicized claims again is another tragedy for the actress, whose status when try the next aquaman sequel is up in the air. Ultimately, the saddest part of the fiasco is how completely avoidable it was.