Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial: Depp’s agent calls Heard op-ed piece on alleged domestic abuse ‘catastrophic’ – What We Know!

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Johnny Depp’s agent testified Monday that his ex-wife’s 2018 op-ed piece in The Washington Publish describing herself as a sufferer of home abuse was “catastrophic” to his profession and coincided with the lack of a $23 million deal for a “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel.

Amber Heard’s attorneys pushed again aggressively towards the agent’s assertion on cross-examination, suggesting that the article was inconsequential amid a stream of dangerous publicity for Depp introduced on by his personal dangerous habits.

Depp is suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom, saying her article defamed him when she described herself as “a public determine representing home abuse.” The article by no means mentions Depp by identify, however Depp’s attorneys say he was defamed however as a result of it’s a transparent reference to abuse allegations Heard levied in 2016.

In testimony Monday, agent Jack Whigham stated Depp was nonetheless in a position to work after the preliminary allegations made towards him in 2016. He was paid $8 million for “Metropolis Of Lies,” $10 million for “Homicide on the Orient Categorical” and $13.5 million for “Implausible Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” all of which shot in 2017, albeit below contracts reached previous to the allegations made towards him.

However he stated The Washington Publish piece was uniquely damaging to Depp’s profession.

“It was a first-person account, extraordinarily impactful,” Whigham stated of the op-ed.

After that, he stated Depp struggled to get any sort of work. He needed to take a pay reduce – all the way down to $3 million – to do the impartial movie “Minimata,” and a $22.5 million verbal deal he had with Disney for a sixth “Pirates” movie was scuttled, Whigham stated.

On cross-examination, although, Heard’s attorneys requested whether or not the “Pirates” deal had already gone south by the point Heard’s article was printed. Whigham acknowledged he by no means had a written deal for Depp to seem in a sixth “Pirates” movie.” And whereas he stated “Pirates” producer Jerry Bruckheimer talked favorably all through 2018 about Depp coming again to the franchise, Disney executives have been noncommittal at finest.

By early 2019 – weeks after Heard’s op-ed – Whigham stated it was clear that Depp’s position in any “Pirates” movie was scuttled and that producers have been as a substitute trying to transfer forward with Margot Robbie in a lead position.

Heard’s attorneys have cited a wide range of elements – together with stories of heavy drug and alcohol use, a lawsuit by a crew member in July 2018 who says he was punched on set by Depp, and a separate libel lawsuit Depp filed towards a British newspaper in 2018 – as issues that broken Depp’s picture greater than the Publish article.

For Depp’s Virginia lawsuit to achieve success, he not solely wants to point out that he was falsely accused, however he additionally wants to point out that the op-ed piece – not Heard’s abuse allegations in 2016 when she filed for divorce and obtained a short lived restraining order – is what prompted the harm.

Depp’s attorneys additionally offered testimony from an mental property knowledgeable who testified in regards to the adverse flip in Depp’s popularity. However his personal knowledge, displaying development traces from Google searches, confirmed adverse spikes occurring after the 2016 abuse allegations, however negligible or nonexistent adjustments after the Publish article.

The trial has now entered its fourth week. A lot of the testimony through the first three weeks centered on the risky relationship between Depp and Heard. Depp says he has by no means struck Heard. Her attorneys stated through the trial’s opening statements that she was bodily and sexually abused by Depp on a number of events.

Heard is anticipated to testify later this week.

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