Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, Amber Heard, for her op-ed piece, in which she described herself as a victim. Johnny’s agent recently testified that the article was ‘catastrophic’ to the actor’s career.
Amber Heard’s op-ed piece led to a $23 million loss to Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s ongoing defamation trial is getting uglier day by day. Most recently, Johnny Depp’s agent, Jack Whigham, testified in Fairfax County Circuit Court. He said that Amber’s op-ed post in The Washington not only was catastrophic to the actor’s career, but it also led to a $23 million deal loss for the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel.
OP-ED WAS UNIQUELY DAMAGING TO ACTOR’S CAREER: JOHNNY’S AGENT
Johnny Depp filed a defamation case against Amber Heard for her opinion piece on domestic abuse in 2018. While the article didn’t mention the actor’s name, Johnny Depp’s lawyers say he was defamed because it was a clear reference to abuse allegations Amber Heard levied in 2016. Talking about the same article in court, Johnny’s agent said, “It was a first-person account, extremely impactful,” as per the Associated Press’ report.
Amber Heard’s lawyers retaliated against Jack Whigham’s assertion, suggesting that the article didn’t have any impact on the actor’s career amid a stream of bad publicity due to Johnny’s own bad behaviour.
In his testimony, Jack Whigham also revealed that Johnny Depp was able to work after the initial allegations in 2016. “He was paid $8 million for City Of Lies, $10 million for Murder on the Orient Express and $13.5 million for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, all of which shot in 2017, albeit under contracts reached prior to the allegations made against him,” read the report by Associated Press.
Amber Heard’s lawyers asked Johnny’s agent if the Pirates deal was already gone by the time the actress’s article was published. Whigham acknowledged he never had a written deal for Johnny Depp to appear in a sixth Pirates film. At the beginning of 2019, weeks after Amber’s op-ed was published, Jack said it was clear that Johnny Depp’s role in any Pirates film was scuttled. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s ongoing defamation trial has now entered its fourth week. In the starting weeks, the testimonies were about the volatile relationship between the former couple.
JOHNNY DEPP-AMBER HEARD’S RELATIONSHIP
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met on the sets of The Rum Diary in 2009 and started dating a few years later. In 2015, they got married. In 2016, Heard filed for divorce and alleged that Depp had physically abused her during their marriage under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Depp denied the accusations and stated that Heard was “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.” Their divorce was finalised in 2017.