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Johnny Depp’s agent calls Amber Heard ‘disastrous’ for his career

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belongs to amberJohnny Depp’s op-ed about being a victim of domestic violence was “disastrous” to Johnny Depp’s career, the latter actor’s agent told jurors in the couple’s defamation trial.

The trial between Mr Depp and Ms Heard began April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia following Mr Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019. Mr Depp argues that she defamed him in a comment published in December 2018 The Washington Post entitled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That needs to change.”

In her 2018 commentary, Ms Heard wrote: “Like many women, I was molested and sexually abused when I was college-age. But I was silent – I didn’t expect that filing complaints would bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.”

“Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full brunt of our culture’s anger at women speaking out,” she added at the time.

While Mr Depp is not named in the piece, his legal team argues that it contains a “clear implication that Mr Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and demonstrably false”. Mr Depp is seeking “not less than $50 million” in damages.

Ms Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim against Mr Depp for harassment and immunity from his allegations.

Entertainment manager and agent Jack Whigham testified via video link Los Angeles on Monday, saying Ms Heard’s comment differed from other articles that had been written about Mr Depp in that it was a first-person account. He said it was “affecting” and “disastrous” for him.

Mr Whigham said Mr Depp’s salary was cut to save “the movie” Minamata, an independent film. He added that “it became clear in early 2019” that Disney was going “in a different direction” regarding the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean Movie.

He said he was on a “pirates Project ”, in which Margot Robbie was to appear. Afterwards, Mr Whigham said he had been in touch pirates Producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Sean Bailey at Disney “A Lot”.

“I’ve been successful in contacting them, but I haven’t been successful in rescuing Pirates for Johnny,” he said, adding that it was “impossible” to get Mr. Depp into a studio film after the comment was released.

Mr Whigham was then asked by Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft for his earlier comments that an agreement had been reached for Mr Depp to appear as Captain Jack Sparrow in the sixth pirates Movie. Ms. Bredehoft asked why there was no evidence for this.

The agent said he’s been working on many agreements that are “verbal in nature” and that discussions about the sixth film in the franchise “align with a lot of conversations I would have on behalf of big stars.”

The court was told that in the fall of 2018, before the comment was published, Mr Bruckheimer wanted Mr Depp in the film but said Mr Bailey was “not binding”.

Mr Whigham said the comment “reads like a victim statement”.

“It became, yeah, kind of a death knell, a disastrous thing for Mr. Depp in the Hollywood community,” he added.

Ms Bredehoft said there were “a few things that happened earlier in 2018” that could have tarnished Mr Depp’s reputation.

She brought up the April 2018 article in The sun He labeled Mr Depp a “wife beater,” leading to a lawsuit filed by Mr Depp in June 2018, months before the comment was published.

Mr Whigham said Mr Depp has not made a film since the UK trial, which took place in the summer of 2020.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/johnny-depp-oped-amber-heard-b2069947.html Johnny Depp’s agent calls Amber Heard ‘disastrous’ for his career

Bobby Allyn

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