At the second, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are in the midst of a weeks-long defamation trial, with him suing her after she wrote a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post the place she recounted her expertise of struggling by way of home abuse, though she didn’t title Depp particularly. In order to show defamation and get the $50 million they’re asking for, Depp and his authorized group mainly must do two issues: 1) present that what Heard alluded to was not true, e.g. that Depp didn’t abuse her, and; 2) present that what she wrote harm Depp’s profession.
Per Variety, Depp took the stand the opposite day to talk to the second level, saying that he would have preferred to do one other Pirates of the Caribbean film if not for Heard making him persona non grata at Disney. “My feeling was that these characters should be able to have their proper goodbye,” Depp testified. “There’s a way to end a franchise like that… I planned on continuing until it was time to stop.”
Depp appeared in a complete of 5 Pirates movies between 2003’s The Curse of the Black Pearl and 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales. Depp stated that, after Dead Men, he was approached by the inventive group a couple of sixth film, a film that clearly by no means occurred.
Johnny Depp has completed giving his testimony on the defamation trial
On cross-examination, Heard’s lawyer requested a couple of report within the Daily Mail that indicated Disney had fired Depp as a result of “financial issues and personal dramas.” That report was from two months earlier than Heard’s op-ed appeared within the Post. “I wasn’t aware of that, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Depp testified. “Two years had gone by of constant worldwide talk about me being this wife beater. So I’m sure that Disney was trying to cut ties to be safe.”
Heard’s group additionally introduced up a remark Depp made about not desirous to do one other Pirates movie even when Disney paid him “$300 million and a million alpacas.” The actor emphasised that the remark was made nicely after he had been fired.
“I incorporated my notes into the character and brought that character to life, much to the chagrin of Disney initially,” Depp stated of Captain Jack Sparrow final week. “I believed in the character wholeheartedly, and initially, the Disney folks were somewhat upset.”
There was extra stuff like this, e.g. Heard’s group introduced up a 2015 textual content the place Depp brutally disparaged the Pirates franchise, and Depp answered that he was mad concerning the shoddy script. And then there’s the opposite aspect of the problem: proving that what Heard alluded to in her op-ed wasn’t true. The jury has heard audio clips of the couple partaking in verbal assaults and alluding to bodily fights, as when Heard tells Depp to “put your cigarettes out on someone else.”
It’s all very private and intense, and there’s much more to go. Depp has now completed giving testimony whereas Heard is predicted to take the stand later. Witnesses embody James Franco, Jason Momoa and Elon Musk.
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