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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Savannah Guthrie reveals husband consulted for Johnny Depp before interviewing his lawyers

“Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie interviewed Johnny Depp’s legal team on Wednesday’s show after she revealed that her husband is acting as a consultant for her.

Guthrie, in discussion with Depp’s attorneys, Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew, talks about the volatile defamation lawsuit that pitted Depp against 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 told viewers of the NBC News morning show broadcast.

Guthrie’s husband Michael Feldman, a public relations consultant and former political consultant who once worked for former Vice President Al Gore during his 2000 presidential campaign. Feldman, who works at PR firm FGS Global, declined to comment.

A rep for “Today” did not return a request for comment.

Depp sued the “Aquaman” actress for defamation in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia after she wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018 describing herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” . The actor, known for films like “Edward Scissorhands” and “Donnie Brasco,” won a blaze trial last week.

    (Lr) Savannah Guthrie And Michael Feldman Attend The 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones At The Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts On March 27, 2022 In Beverly Hills, California.
Savannah Guthrie and her husband Michael Feldman attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles in March.
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Johnny Depp'S Lawyer Benjamin G.  Chew, Left, And Camille Vasquez, Right, Make Statements Outside The Fairfax County Courthouse On June 1, 2022 In Fairfax, Virginia.  The Jury In The Johnny Depp V. Amber Heard Case Awarded Depp $15 Million In Damages To His Career For An Op-Ed Heard Wrote In The Washington Post In 2018. (Photo By Ron Sachs/Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp’s attorneys Benjamin Chew (left) and Camille Vasquez (right) after a defamation lawsuit.
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Last week on “Today,” Gurthrie also interviewed Ellen Breedhoft, one of the attorneys representing Heard in the defamation case. When the jury reached its verdict on June 1, it also began NBC News’ special coverage of the trial.

The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Those losses were reduced to $350,000 by Virginia law.

Guthrie On The Set Of The Today Show
Guthrie recently interviewed one of Amber Heard’s attorneys for “Today” after the explosive verdict.
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The jury also found Depp guilty of defaming Heard for a statement made by his attorney, who said Heard’s sexual abuse claim was “hoax.” The actress was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.

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