A witness for Amber Heard has testified that it is the actor Aquaman Co-star Jason Momoa was “adamant” that she would reprise her role in the film’s sequel.
Entertainment industry expert Kathryn Arnold was called to the witness stand Monday (May 23) to testify on Heard’s behalf in the multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit her ex-husband Johnny Depp is bringing against the actor and which is currently running at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.
Depp is suing Heard for $50m (£39.7m) for allegedly implying he abused her in a comment in 2018 The Washington Post, and consequently making it difficult for him to get the Hollywood roles he once had.
Heard is suing Depp for $100million (£79.4million), accusing him of organizing a “defamation campaign” against her and calling his lawsuit a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.
Her counterclaim for defamation was originally filed over comments made by Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, in 2020 when he called Heard’s allegations of domestic violence against Depp “fake,” a “sexual violence hoax,” and an “ambush.”
These “defamatory statements,” according to Arnold, tired film studios and brands from working with Heard – especially as the “negative social media campaign” against the 36-year-old intensified.
Describe Aquaman like Heard’sA star Is Born Moment,” Arnold explained, “It was at that moment that not only was she a good actress, but now she was world famous because she was in the top-grossing film… certainly for DC Comics.”
“It was just this extraordinary moment for her to launch her career.”
When asked how Heard’s reputation was affected by Depp and Waldman’s statements, Arnold replied, “It was very negative in public. In the industry, they like her work, but they can’t work with her right now. Because every time her name is mentioned, the negativity flares up again.
“Their world was silent about possibility. Even things she wanted to work on are no longer available to her.”
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Arnold testified that Heard couldn’t get roles for a “long time” following Depp-Waldman’s comments, adding that she was recently able to direct a small independent film that was funded in Europe.
At one point, Arnold told the jury about the petition to have Heard removed from court Aquaman Continued – alongside Jason Momoa – on those “joke” allegations against Depp.
“The social media campaign to remove Amber Aquaman tended to use words in the defamatory statements,” Arnold told the jury, adding, “They became hashtags.”
Amid objections from Depp’s legal team, Arnold then mentioned that Momoa and director James Wan were “adamant” that Heard would reprise the role of Mera in the film’s sequel.
At the time of writing, the petition to remove Heard was pending aquaman 2 – slated for release in 2023 – has surpassed four million signatures.
During Arnold’s cross-examination, Depp’s attorneys denied their claims that Heard’s career was on an “uptrend” and might have followed the trajectories of actors like Zendaya, Gal Gadot, or Momoa were it not for the allegedly defamatory statements made by Depp and Walden two years ago.
They argued that such a comparison was far off the mark since all of these other actors were either signed to blockbuster franchises or had higher-profile careers than Heard in 2020.
Heard’s agent at William Morris Entertainment, Jessica Kovavevic, testified Thursday (May 19) that her client’s role in the DC film was almost “recast” because of “bad press” surrounding Heard.
Last week, Heard said her role in aquaman 2 was cut significantly during her fight with Mr Depp.
In court, the actor said: “I fought really hard to stay in the film. They didn’t want to put me in the film.”
You can follow live updates of the Depp Heard trial here as it moves toward final arguments and a verdict.
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