Johnny Depp denies claims he didn’t help Amber Heard land Aquaman

Johnny Depp has denied Amber Heard’s claims he didn’t help land her Aquaman Role.

The actor returned to the witness stand Wednesday (May 25) for further testimony in his multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Heard. That Pirates of the Caribbean star was recalled for refuting his own team.

When asked by his legal team if he remembered Heard testifying that he “didn’t help her get her part Aquaman‘ Depp replied, ‘That’s not entirely true.’

Depp said he remembers the date Heard auditioned for the DC film because his band, the Hollywood Vampires, were scheduled to perform at the Rock and Rio Festival on September 24, 2015.

“Ms. Heard wanted to come with me, and Whitney, her sister, came too,” Depp said, claiming that while they were in Rio, Heard informed him that she had to return to Los Angeles for an audition.

“And that audition was at Warner Bros. Whatever movie it was,” he said.

Asked what he thought happened after Heard auditioned AquamanDepp claimed she told him Warner Bros told her the film was being shot in Australia, and claimed that the filming location “worried her because it worried Warner Bros.”

Depp claimed Heard asked him to speak to his contacts at the studio. “For a couple of years I’ve had a multi-movie deal with Warner Bros, so I knew these people, I’d been in movies with them, so they asked me if I’d talk to them,” he said.

Amber Heard and Jason Momoa in Aquaman.

(Warner Bros./DC/Kobal/Shutterstock)

The actor claimed he called “Warner’s three executives: Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll and Greg Silverstein.”

The Independent has reached out to a Warner Bros representative for comment.

When asked what the outcome of those alleged talks was, Depp said, “All I can say is that she ended up getting the job in the film, so I hope I’ve put her worries in check to some extent.”

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Depp’s testimony comes after the actor’s attorney pushed back an expert’s assessment of Heard’s career and comparison to the likes of Zendaya, Gal Gadot and her Aquaman co-star Jason Momoa.

Entertainment consultant Kathryn Arnold said Heard could have enjoyed the same career success as Gadot, Momoa and Zendaya if it weren’t for Team Depp’s alleged “smear campaign” against her.

(AP)

Depp is suing Heard for $50m (£38.2m). He alleges that Heard implied he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed about domestic violence.

Heard is filing a $100million (£80.9million) counterclaim accusing Depp of organizing a “defamation campaign” against her and calling his lawsuit a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.

With the court case still ongoing, a number of high-profile figures have expressed their support for Heard, including Julia Fox, Rachel Riley and Kathy Griffin.

Others have publicly backed Depp, including celebrities like Winona Ryder, Javier Bardem and Eva Green, who appear to have sided with him in the dispute.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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