Paris, 2022-05-02 16:46:46. Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard: An editorial called ‘disastrous’
Fall Church, Virginia –
Johnny Depp’s agent testified Monday that a 2018 op-ed for his ex-wife in the Washington Post describing herself as a victim of domestic violence was “disastrous” in his career and coincided with the $23 million loss of the “Pirates of the Caribbean sequel” deal.
Amber Heard’s lawyers responded forcefully against the proxy’s assertion in cross-examination, suggesting that the article was insignificant amid a stream of bad publicity for Depp for his bad behavior.
Deb Heard is suing for defamation in Fairfax County Court, saying her article was vilified when she described herself as a “public figure who represents domestic violence.” The article never mentioned Depp by name, but Depp’s lawyers say he was defamed nonetheless as it is a clear reference to the abuse allegations made in 2016.
In his testimony on Monday, agent Jack Wiggam said Depp was still able to work after the initial allegations against him in 2016. He was paid $8 million for “City Of Lies,” and $10 million for “Murder on the Orient” Express” and $13.5 million for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which were all filmed in 2017, albeit under contracts that were reached before the allegations against him.
But he said the Washington Post article was uniquely detrimental to Depp’s career.
“It was a personal account, and it was very moving,” Wigham said of the opinion piece.
After that, he said that Depp struggled to get any kind of work. Wigham said he had to cut his salary to $3 million to do a standalone movie “Minemata,” and a $22.5 million verbal deal he had with Disney for a sixth film, “Pirates”, was voided.
Despite this, upon questioning, Heard’s lawyers asked if the “pirate” deal had already disappeared by the time Heard’s article was published. Wigham admitted that he never had a deal written for Depp’s appearance in the sixth “Pirates.” And while ‘Pirates’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer spoke positively throughout 2018 about Depp’s return to the franchise, Disney managers were noncommittal at best.
By early 2019 – weeks after Heard’s editorial – Wigham said it was clear that Depp’s role in any “Pirates” movie had been thwarted and that the producers were instead looking to move forward with Margot Robbie in the lead role.
Heard’s lawyers cited a variety of factors — including reports of heavy drug and alcohol abuse, a lawsuit filed by a crew member in July 2018 who said he was punched by Depp, and a separate defamation lawsuit that Depp brought against a British newspaper in 2018 — as things It hurt Deeb’s image more than the Post article.
For Depp’s Virginia lawsuit to succeed, he not only needs to show that he was falsely accused, but he also needs to show that the editorial — not Heard’s 2016 abuse allegations when she filed for divorce and received a temporary restraining order. System – is what caused the damage.
Depp’s lawyers also provided testimony from an intellectual property expert who witnessed the negative turn in Depp’s reputation. But his own data, showing trendlines from Google searches, showed negative spikes that occurred after the 2016 abuse allegations, but little or no changes after the Post article.
The trial has now entered its fourth week. Much of the testimonial during the first three weeks focuses on the volatile relationship between Depp and Heard. Depp says he never hit Heard. Her lawyers said during opening statements to the trial that she was physically and sexually assaulted by Depp on multiple occasions.
Heard is expected to testify later this week.
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