Amber Heard Insists She's Not Seeking 'Vengeance' on Johnny Depp

Amber Heard has said that she isn't seeking "vengeance" on ex-husband Johnny Depp through her bombshell interview with Savannah Guthrie, insisting she is not a "vindictive" person.

Heard recently sat down with Today's Savannah Guthrie for her first post-trial interview following her high-profile court battle with Depp, who sued her for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post, in which she said she was a domestic abuse survivor—a claim the jury found to be false and defamatory.

Following a six-week trial, the jury on June 1 awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Heard, who had countersued for $100 million, was awarded $2 million after it was found that Depp's former attorney, Adam Waldman, had made defamatory comments about her.

In her Dateline NBC interview with Guthrie, which is set to air in full on Friday, Heard doubled down on her allegations against Depp, insisting that she was telling the truth throughout the trial. She also said that she was not setting out to hurt her former husband with her primetime interview.

Amber Heard says she's not seeking "vengeance"
Amber Heard has insisted that she is not seeking "vengeance" on ex-husband Johnny Depp through her bombshell interview with Savannah Guthrie. Above, Heard is pictured testifying in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 5, 2022. Depp is pictured (inset) testifying in Fairfax on April 25, 2022. JIM LO SCALZO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images;/STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

"You're here. Some people might ask why. Are you brave? Are you reckless? Are you vindictive? Why did you want to do an interview?" Guthrie asked Heard.

"One thing I can tell you is one thing I'm not is vindictive," Heard responded." There's no part of me that sees any...This would be a really lousy way to get vengeance."

"What do you hope to get across here?" Guthrie asked. "You've had everything said about you. What do you wish people knew?"

"You know, Savannah, as silly as it is to say this out loud, my goal, the only thing I could hope for at this point, is I just want people to see me as a human being," Heard told Guthrie.

Still, Heard's interview has not been met with open arms by Depp, whose spokesperson accused the Aquaman star of "reimagining" the case.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp before divorcing
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's divorce was finalized in January 2017. Above, Heard and Depp attend the premiere of "Black Mass" during the 72nd Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2015, in Venice, Italy. Venturelli/WireImage

"It's unfortunate that while Johnny is looking to move forward with his life, the defendant and her team are back to repeating, reimagining and re-litigating matters that have already been decided by the Court and a verdict that was unanimously and unequivocally decided by a jury in Johnny's favor," read a statement from the representative.

Responding, a spokesperson for Heard told Newsweek: "If Mr. Depp or his team have a problem with this, we recommend that Johnny himself sit down with Savannah Guthrie for an hour and answer all her questions."

In snippets of the interview that have already been unveiled, Heard spoke about her feelings regarding the jury's verdict and the onslaught of criticism she has faced from Depp's fans, and said that her ex's list of witnesses included "paid employees" and "randos."

Elsewhere in the interview, parts of which were released in daily excerpts this week, Guthrie said to Heard: "On the first day of the trial you issued a statement, and part of the statement said, 'I still have love for Johnny.'"

"Is that still true?" Guthrie asked, prompting Heard to answer: "Yes."

"After everything?" Guthrie—whose husband, Michael Feldman, served as a consultant for Depp's legal team, pressed.

"Absolutely. I love him. I loved him with all my heart," Heard said. "And I tried the best I could to make a deeply broken relationship work. And I couldn't. I have no bad feelings or ill will toward him at all. I know that might be hard to understand or it might be really easy to understand. If you've just ever loved anyone, it should be easy."