Ryan Baker Quoted by Los Angeles Times on Amber Heard Speaking to NBC Dateline about Johnny Depp, Again

Asked if Amber Heard risks more legal trouble by speaking about Johnny Depp after she lost a defamation lawsuit brought by Depp, Managing Partner Ryan Baker told the Los Angeles Times, Heard’s statements at trial are generally privileged. Barring exceptional circumstances, “[a] person can’t be sued for something they say on the stand.”

In most cases, statements on the stand are “decidedly privileged,” Baker said. If Heard, who had alleged that Depp physically abused her, sticks to what she testified in court during the recent defamation trial she should be legally safe when speaking to the media, he said.

NBC News aired a Savannah Guthrie interview with Heard on a special edition of “Dateline” Friday, June 17, 2022, less than a month after the defamation trial ended with a jury verdict against Heard of $15 million, reduced by the judge to $10.35 million.

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