Savannah Guthrie’s Husband Did Consulting for Johnny Depp’s Legal Team

Marion Steward
  • Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday interviewed Johnny Depp’s legal team on NBC’s “Today.”
  • Moments before interviewing the two lawyers, she said her husband consulted for the legal team.
  • She said her husband had not consulted in connection with the interview.

Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday interviewed the actor Johnny Depp’s lawyers Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew on “Today,” moments after she disclosed that her husband served as a consultant for Depp’s legal team.

“And a quick disclosure, my husband has done consulting work for the Depp legal team but not in connection with this interview,” Guthrie told viewers of Wednesday morning’s broadcast of the NBC News morning show.

She then hosted an about five-minute interview with the pair about the verdict in Depp’s defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

NBC News did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on the interview.

Guthrie is married to Michael Feldman, a public-relations consultant and former political advisor who worked for Vice President Al Gore during his 2000 presidential campaign. Feldman did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment sent to FGS Global, the public-relations firm he joined this year.

Guthrie last week on “Today” conducted an on-air interview with Elaine Bredehoft, one of the lawyers who represented Heard in the defamation case. She also anchored NBC News’ special coverage of the trial when the jury reached a verdict on June 1.

The jury in the case determined that Heard, who was married to Depp from 2015 to 2017, defamed the actor in a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post in which she said she was the victim of domestic abuse. Heard never named Depp in the op-ed.

The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and another $5 million in punitive damages, though the punitive damages were lowered to $350,000 in accordance with the law in Virginia, where the trial took place.

The jury also found Depp guilty of defaming Heard for a statement made by his lawyer who said Heard’s claim of sexual abuse was a “hoax.” She was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages and $0 in punitive damages. 

The trial captured the attention of the world and was heavily featured on both traditional outlets like “Today” and social media. As Insider previously reported, pro-Depp messaging proliferated across social-media platforms, especially on TikTok and Twitter, where the “Justice for Johnny” movement racked up millions of views.

The trial also resulted in misinformation spreading on social media, including unfounded rumors and conspiracy theories related to Heard and her legal team.

https://www.insider.com/savannah-guthrie-interviews-johnny-depp-legal-team-husband-consultant-2022-6

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