FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Johnny Depp’s agent testified Monday that his ex-wife’s 2018 op-ed piece in The Washington Post describing herself as a sufferer of home abuse was once “catastrophic” to his occupation and coincided with the lack of a $23 million deal for a “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel.
Amber Heard’s attorneys driven again aggressively in opposition to the agent’s statement on cross-examination, suggesting that the object was once inconsequential amid a circulate of dangerous exposure for Depp attributable to his personal dangerous habits.
Depp is suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court, pronouncing her article defamed him when she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” The article by no means mentions Depp by means of title, however Depp’s attorneys say he was once defamed nonetheless as a result of it is a transparent connection with abuse allegations Heard levied in 2016.
In testimony Monday, agent Jack Whigham mentioned Depp was once nonetheless in a position to paintings after the preliminary allegations made in opposition to him in 2016. He was once 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.
But he mentioned The Washington Post piece was once uniquely destructive to Depp’s occupation.
“It was a first-person account, extremely impactful,” Whigham said of the op-ed.
After that, he said Depp struggled to get any kind of work. He had to take a pay cut — down to $3 million — to do the independent film “Minimata,” and a $22.5 million verbal deal he had with Disney for a 6th “Pirates” movie was once scuttled, Whigham mentioned.
On cross-examination, despite the fact that, Heard’s attorneys requested whether or not the “Pirates” deal had already long gone south by the point Heard’s article was once printed. Whigham stated he by no means had a written deal for Depp to look in a 6th “Pirates” film.” And while he said “Pirates” manufacturer Jerry Bruckheimer talked favorably all through 2018 about Depp coming again to the franchise, Disney executives had been noncommittal at very best.
By early 2019 — weeks after Heard’s op-ed — Whigham mentioned it was once transparent that Depp’s position in any “Pirates” movie was once scuttled and that manufacturers had been as an alternative taking a look to transport forward with Margot Robbie in a lead position.
Heard’s attorneys have cited a lot of components — together with reviews of heavy drug and alcohol use, a lawsuit by means of a team member in July 2018 who says he was once punched on set by means of Depp, and a separate libel lawsuit Depp filed in opposition to a British newspaper in 2018 — as issues that broken Depp’s symbol greater than the Post article.
For Depp’s Virginia lawsuit to achieve success, he now not best wishes to turn that he was once falsely accused, however he should also display that the op-ed piece — now not Heard’s abuse allegations in 2016 when she filed for divorce and received a brief restraining order — is what led to the wear and tear.
Depp’s attorneys additionally introduced testimony from an highbrow belongings professional who testified in regards to the detrimental flip in Depp’s recognition. But his personal knowledge, appearing development traces from Google searches, confirmed detrimental spikes happening after the 2016 abuse allegations, however negligible or nonexistent adjustments after the Post article.
The trial has now entered its fourth week. Much of the testimony throughout the primary 3 weeks targeted at the risky dating between Depp and Heard. Depp says he hasn’t ever struck Heard. Her attorneys mentioned throughout the trial’s opening statements that she was once bodily and sexually abused by means of Depp on a couple of events.
Heard is predicted to testify later this week.
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