The high-profile trial involving actors Johnny Depp, 58, and his ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, entered its third week today, after kicking off April 12 in Fairfax County, Va.
The trial, which has ignited a fierce fan reaction—and taken over TikTok—stems from a $50 million defamation lawsuit Depp filed against Heard in 2019 in response to an op-ed she published in the Washington Post in 2018. Depp says the article irreparably damaged his career after Heard referred to herself in the piece as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” The op-ed did not mention him by name. Depp believes it led to him being dropped from his lucrative role in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. In response to Depp’s suit, Heard filed a $100 million countersuit arguing that Depp defamed her when his legal team referred to her claims as “fake” and a “sexual violence hoax.”
Agent Jack Whigham’s testimony
Depp’s agent Jack Whigham testified Monday that the op-ed was “catastrophic” to his client’s career, per the AP. On cross-examination, Heard’s lawyers argued that the op-ed was not the cause of the downturn in Depp’s career, centering the blame instead on a stream of bad publicity brought about by Depp’s own behavior. Whigham also testified that Depp was able to work after the op-ed, including multimillion-dollar roles in films such as City of Lies, Murder on the Orient Express, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, although those contracts were all signed prior to the op-ed’s publication. Whigham also claimed that what the AP called “a $22.5 million verbal deal” that Depp had with Disney for a sixth Pirates film disappeared.
While the lawsuit is supposed to determine whether Depp was defamed by the article, the trial has surfaced many ugly details about the couple’s brief marriage, …read more
Source:: Time – Entertainment