The continuing defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is getting loads of headlines these days, so that you in all probability know the broad define of the case. Very mainly, Depp is suing ex-wife Heard for defamation of character stemming from an op-ed the actress wrote in December 2018 during which she considerably implicitly accused Depp of bodily abuse. This week, Depp’s former expertise agent Jack Whigham testified on the matter. Based on Whigman, Heard’s op-ed was “Catastrophic” to Depp’s profession, costing him tens of hundreds of thousands in wage.
Based on Whigman, Depp made three movies within the yr earlier than Heard’s op-ed was revealed. Depp apparently was paid $8 million for his providers on the movie “Metropolis of Lies,” $10 million for a quick position because the sufferer in “Homicide on the Orient Categorical,” and $13.5 million for “Implausible Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” a mission that was supposed to be a multi-project franchise position for Depp which was recast after he misplaced a libel go well with surrounding the allegations within the UK.
Whigham claimed in court docket that after the op-ed got here out Depp’s potential to get work was severely diminished. For instance, he took the comparatively paltry sum to make the unbiased characteristic “Minimata” in 2020. However worst of all wass the collapse of what Depp claims was a verbal settlement for him to star in a sixth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise for Disney. Based on Whigman’s testimony, that verbal settlement would have earned him a payday of $22.5 million.
Altogether, Depp’s authorized damages professional testified in court docket that the op-ed (which he asserts wasn’t true) price him a complete of $40 million in potential earnings, between the $22.5 million for a sixth “Pirates” movie and one other $17.5 million in scuttled movie tasks and endorsement offers.
If the court docket finally ends up agreeing, Heard may very well be on the hook for the $50 million in compensatory damages Depp is searching for, plus one other $350,000 in punitive damages. Keep tuned, not that you’ve a lot of a alternative within the matter in case you spend any time on-line.