“Today” co-host Savannah Gurhrie interviewed Johnny Depp’s authorized crew on Wednesday’s present, moments after she revealed her husband is working as a advisor for them.
Guthrie spoke with Depp’s lawyers, Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew, concerning the buzzy, risky defamation trial, which pitted Depp in opposition to his ex-wife Amber Heard.
“And a quick disclosure, my husband has done consulting work for the Depp legal team, but not in connection with this interview,” Guthrie instructed viewers of the published of the NBC News morning present.
Guthrie’s husband is Michael Feldman, a public relations advisor and former political advisor, who as soon as labored for former Vice President Al Gore throughout his 2000 presidential marketing campaign. Feldman, who works at pr agency FGS Global, declined to remark.
A rep for “Today” didn’t return requests for remark.
Depp sued the “Aquaman” actress for libel in Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed within the Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” The actor identified for films like “Edward Scissorhands” and “Donnie Brasco,” gained the bombshell trial final week.
Last week on “Today,” Gurthrie additionally interviewed Elaine Bredehoft, one of many lawyers who represented Heard within the defamation case. She additionally anchored NBC News’ particular protection of the trial when the jury reached its verdict on June 1.
The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and one other $5 million in punitive damages. Those damages had been lowered to $350,000 in accordance with Virginia legislation.
The jury additionally discovered Depp responsible of defaming Heard for an announcement made by his lawyer, who mentioned Heard’s declare of sexual abuse was a “hoax.” The actress was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.