As the defamation trial is coming to a close, it appears that Johnny Depp might already have a couple of projects ready to take on…
And one of them could see him work alongside his ex-fiancé, Winona Ryder.
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Now, we all know Johnny Depp has been through a lot these past couple of years…
The Kentucky-born actor, who has been renowned in Hollywood since the 1990s, has been embroiled in a highly publicized domestic abuse scandal with his ex-girlfriend, Amber Heard, for the last 5 years.
At first, this coupling seemed to be at the start of a promising relationship.
After meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011, the actor started dating Texan actress and model, Amber Heard, shortly after calling it quits with his long-term partner, Vanessa Paradis.
They announced their engagement in 2014…
And, not ones to waste any time, they hastily tied the knot just one year later in February 2015.
However, it was here when things started to go a little ship-shaped.
Their honeymoon period was rather short-lived as, just months after their marriage, Depp reportedly suffered a hand injury as a result of “smashing bottles and windows” during a heated argument with his wife.
For the next year, various reports of abuse between the pair continued to surface…
So it came as no shock when Heard filed for divorce in March 2016, just fifteen months after the couple had initially exchanged their “I do”s.
At first, the divorce seemed unsuspicious…
Many news outlets reported that Heard had cited “irreconcilable differences” while filing the divorce petition.
But, only a few months into their separation…
Heard filed a restraining order against Depp, claiming that he had previously assaulted her.
It was a big allegation to make…
So people were confused when Heard retracted her allegations just one day before the hearing was due to be held.
But this didn’t stop the world from turning against Depp.
Heard had alleged that the actor had hit her on several occasions, and even provided video footage of him flinging a glass of wine across the room in a fit of rage.
And, in 2018, the actress penned an article for The Washington Post where she opened up about her experience with domestic abuse and violence.
Though she didn’t explicitly name Depp in her op-ed, she did allude to the time period when, “two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”
There was an outpour of support for Heard…
Who was even made the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Ambassador for Women’s Issues.”
And, despite profusely denying all the allegations against him…
Depp found his career taking a hit as a result of the ongoing scandal.
Fewer and fewer directors were hiring Depp for roles…
And his appearance in J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was heavily criticized.
And, in 2018, he was dropped from his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
In a career-shattering announcement just 4 days after Heard’s damning article, Disney announced that the actor would no longer be a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Though they didn’t directly cite Heard’s abuse allegations…
It was widely assumed that Disney, who has earned over $4.5 billion at the box office from the Pirates franchise, was trying to distance themselves from the actor and the scandal surrounding him.
But then, there was a sudden change in events.
Depp filed a $50-million defamation case against Heard and presented evidence that he was the one on the receiving end of the abuse, not the other way around.
Shockingly, the actor alleged that he was the victim all along.
Depp’s defamation lawsuit read: “The op-ed [Heard’s article] depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”
The lawsuit also stated that all of Heard’s claims were “categorically and demonstrably false”…
And listed down incidents of Heard’s alleged abuse since the start of their marriage, including punching and kicking, as well as staging her attacks.
The allegations are difficult to read.
“She hit, punched, and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me.” His lawsuit read.
And, to tarnish the actress’ reputation and credibility even further…
Audio obtained by the Daily Mail was released that heard her admitting to attacking Depp.
As per the audio clip, she could also be heard taunting him…
“You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny. You poke an animal enough, it is eventually, it doesn’t matter how friendly it is, it’s not cool,” Heard can be heard saying.
The case was grueling…
Depp then went to court for his libel case against The Sun newspaper – whom he is suing over a 2018 article in which he was described as a “wife-beater.”
The pair were in court as part of the 3-week long trial.
While in court, both parties played pretty dirty, revealing compromising photographs of each other which have blown everything out of the water, yet again. And of course with the evidence came more allegations.
But things didn’t go Depp’s way…
And he lost the case.
Of course, this massive loss was terrible for the actor’s name…
But he isn’t giving up his fight.
Depp and his legal team were determined to prove that the pictures Heard shared in the case were forged…
To make it look like he was repeatedly abusing her, when in fact, according to Depp it was the other way around.
As per Page Six, lawyers working on the case claim that Heard altered photos making her appear to have 2 black eyes…
Alleging she was attacked by him in 2015.
Depp’s lawyer, Benjamin Chew claimed: “Ms. Heard’s counsel has repeatedly used these phony photographs at deposition.”
He also shared that he believes the LA Police Department “disavowed the photographs” that were previously given to the court and “did not depict what they saw.”
Chew revealed that the LAPD “found no injury upon Ms. Heard and no disruption to the penthouses” upon inspection…
“Ms. Heard and her friends then fabricated photos that she used to obtain an ex parte TRO [temporary restraining order] and a $7 million divorce settlement which Ms. Heard falsely testified in London she gave to the ACLU and, more scandalously, to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; sick children with cancer,” he added.
Chew concluded that someone “doctored those photographs.”
“So, Ms. Heard or someone on her behalf doctored those photographs three years later. When that came up in her testimony in London, Ms. Heard falsely denied it. In short, Your Honour, without forensic imaging Mr Neumeister cannot properly assess or verify Ms. Heard’s data,” Chew added.
Since Chew exposed Heard’s alleged false claims, the court has granted Depp and his lawyers access to her phone records…
They will also be analyzed by Brian Neumeister, who is a tech expert.
And, we’ve seen some huge celebrity names in the defamation case between the two actors.
But, it’s not the first time that some of the names have been a part of the escalating battle.
Two of the celebrities involved, have in fact been accused of being tangled up in an affair with Heard in the past…
While she was with Depp.
The celebrities called to testify, who were accused of affairs with the Aquaman actress, are James Franco and Elon Musk.
Both celebrity figures will be testifying for Amber Heard.
But, they’re not the only huge Hollywood names in the lawsuit.
There are many more who have been dragged into the defamation case, too.
Paul Bettany will be a witness for Depp.
And, according to Cinemablend, Heard’s legal team will use Bettany’s texts with Depp against them, displaying violent language targeted at Heard.
Heard’s exhibit list includes names we’re all familiar with…
There will be text messages and email conversations between Heard, Jason Momoa, and James Wan, as per the news outlet.
There are also emails logged from author JK Rowling and guitarist Jack White.
Who else is involved?
Ellen Barkin, an American actress, will be on Heard’s witness list, and she has spoken up about Heard’s allegations in the past.
“Amber Heard was never enough of a victim,” she wrote.
“And we never will be… Unless we’re dead,” she continued.
Depp is suing Heard for defamation, claiming that his reputation has been tarnished because of the things she has said during their battle.
And Heard is countersuing him, which is why so many big names have been dragged into the case, as well.
Now, since the case began, a lot of people have taken to the stand…
And on April 19th, it was Depp’s turn.
Depp took to the stand where he discussed standing up for his children and denied striking Heard in any way.
And people rallied in support of the actor.
Depp took to the stand at Fairfax County courthouse where he described Heard’s claims as “heinous and disturbing,” LADbible reports.
He said that her allegations were “criminal acts against me that were not based in any species of truth.”
Depp went on to deny striking Heard and any woman in his life.
“Never did I myself reach the point of striking Miss Heard in anyway, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life,” he told the court. “Since I knew there was no truth to it whatsoever, I felt it my responsibility to stand up, not only for myself in that instance, but stand up for my children.”
Depp then further detailed the affect that the allegations had on his children.
“I thought it was diabolical that my children would have to go to school and have their friends or people in the school approach them with the infamous People Magazine cover with Miss Heard with a dark bruise on her face,” he said.
Describing himself as a “very private person,” the actor said that for him “to come up here and sit before you all and spill the truth is quite exposing, and it’s unfortunate that it’s not only exposing for myself, it’s exposing for my family, it’s exposing for Miss Heard, it never had to go in this direction.”
He also added that his goal is “the truth” and that he isn’t embarrassed because “I know I’m doing the right thing.”
Depp revealed more about his time spent with his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
Including the incident with his severed finger.
According to TooFab, the incident occurred in their Australian home, where Depp had been hiding in his locked bathroom while Heard ranted violently.
According to Depp, he finally came out of the bathroom, went downstairs, and had his first shot of vodka after staying sober for several months.
“I was a mess, I was a wreck, I was shaking… I just didn’t understand why, why all this was happening,” he explained.
And then when she came down, she reportedly said: “Oh you’re drinking again, ‘the monster’.”
“She walked up to me, she reached and grabbed the bottle of vodka… and then just kind of stood back and hurled it at me.
“And it just went right past my head and smashed behind me. So I stood up and walked behind the bar, and there was a larger bottle of vodka, the kind with the handle, you know?” he continued explaining.
When he drank from that bottle, she grabbed it.
“And she then grabbed that bottle, and threw that at me,” he said.
“And it made contact and shattered everywhere,” Depp continued.
“I honestly didn’t feel the pain at first, at all. I felt no pain whatsoever,” he explained. “What I felt was heat… I felt heat, and as if something were dripping down my hand.”
“And then I looked down and realized that the tip of my finger had been severed. I was looking directly at my bones sticking out. And the… meaty portion of the inside of your finger,” the actor continued.
“Blood was just pouring out. And at that point I think that I went into some sort of… I don’t know what a nervous breakdown feels like, but that’s probably the closest I’ve ever been.
“Nothing made sense. And I knew in my mind and in my heart… this is not life. This is not life. No one should have to go through this,” he said.
And, her reaction reportedly had no sympathy behind it: “White noise… yelling, just a high-pitched, constant attack of insults. Just jumbled words to me in a very high frequency… I was in shock,” Depp explained of her behavior.
Depp said he lied to the doctor who paid a visit once he had texted them in the bathroom because he didn’t want Heard’s name in the “mix.”
But, this traumatic incident wasn’t the only thing that Heard had allegedly put Depp through that night. She also reportedly stubbed a cigarette out on his cheek, which, there were photographs of while he was in ER. And so, that night, Depp slept at his friend’s house, and requested Heard go back to LA because he was “just done.”
Depp also admitted to writing notes on the wall of their home with his bloodied finger of the “lies” she had told him.
With everything that has been aired to the public, the sensational Jack Sparrow actor had been dropped from the Disney franchise.
His dismissal from the franchise came after 6 beloved movies debuted since Depp took on the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003.
But since Depp has taken it upon himself to fight the allegations made against him regarding him physically abusing his ex-wife, many have said that Disney has made a huge mistake.
One person even took to Twitter to share their dismay…
While Ben Rottenborn was cross-examining Depp, he brought up the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
“The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film? Correct?” he asked, as per Fraghero.
“That is true, Mr. Rottenborn,” Depp heartbreakingly said.
And although his comments have left everyone feeling heartbroken, we could still get to see Depp on the big screen in the future.
According to a rumor, Depp has a couple of movies already lined up.
Variety announced that he has been cast as the French king Louis XV in a movie set to start filming later this year.
But there’s one movie in particular that fans are going crazy about…
Speculation began online that Depp could be staring in Beetlejuice 2.
Winona Ryder confirmed she’s willing to play Lydia Deetz in the sequel to the 1988 classic supposedly coming in 2025.
Although we’re not certain, there’s definitely a strong possibility.
Ryder told USA Today: “I’m definitely excited and I’m really hopeful that it’ll happen.
“The only way we would do it is if everything was perfect and we had all the people – obviously Michael and obviously Tim.”
Fans shared their excitement online, with one Twitter user writing: “WOW! If the movie Beetlejuice 2 rumor is true, no doubt it will be one of the highest-grossing movies ever!”
So while we don’t want to get our hopes up too much, Google already has Michael Keaton, Ryder, and Depp listed as the cast for the second movie.
What do you think?