Forensic Accountant Says Johnny Depp May Have Lost $40 Million in Earnings

Johnny Depp’s counsel today rested its case in the ongoing defamation suit the actor brought against his ex-wife Amber Heard in March 2019. This is the second lawsuit stemming from the former relationship between Depp and Heard, following a trial in the U.K. in 2020.

Depp’s legal team spent the last 13 days attempting to prove to a jury that Depp was defamed by an op-ed Heard published in the Washington Post in 2018. In it, Heard discussed the treatment of women in sexual assault cases and referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
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While Heard did not mention Depp by name in the op-ed, Depp argues that the op-ed not only defamed him, but cost him work. Yesterday, Depp’s agent, Jack Whigham, testified that the op-ed was “catastrophic” for Depp’s career. Whigham also claimed that a reported “$22.5 million verbal deal” that Depp had secured with Disney for a sixth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was scuttled after Heard’s op-ed was published.

Forensic Accountant Mike Spindler’s Testimony

On Tuesday, forensic accountant Mike Spindler testified that he had analyzed Depp’s earnings following the 2018 op-ed. “I concluded that Mr. Depp suffered lost earnings of approximately $40 million,” Spindler said.

Read more: Why You’re Seeing So Many Johnny Depp Defenders on TikTok

What Happens Next

Over the last two weeks, Depp’s legal team called more than two dozen witnesses, including Depp himself. Many witnesses, including Depp’s bodyguard, attested to witnessing volatile behavior from both Heard and Depp.

Now, as Depp’s case wrapped, Heard’s legal team moved to dismiss the entire case, arguing that Depp’s team did not prove their case. It was an expected legal maneuver that could help them on appeal, if Heard loses her case in the lower court.

Presiding judge Penny Azcarate partially denied the motion based …read more

Source:: Time – Entertainment

      

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