Just weeks after Johnny Depp lost his highly-publicized libel case and his role in Fantastic Beasts 3, French fashion house, Dior, revealed that they will not be asking him to step down from working with them.
Of course, Johnny’s fans have been overjoyed by this news, and a staggering number of people have been flocking to get their hand’s on his signature Dior aftershave.
Here’s what we know…
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 4 years.
Johnny and Amber enjoyed a happy couple of years together, and would regularly attend red-carpet events as a couple, arm-in-arm and seemingly madly in love.
They even tied the knot in 2015 after just a few years of dating.
Their honeymoon period was rather short-lived as, just months after their marriage, Johnny reportedly suffered a hand injury as a result of “smashing bottles and windows” during a heated argument with his wife.
So it came as no shock when Amber filed for divorce in March 2016, just fifteen months after the couple had initially exchanged their “I do”s.
With many news outlets reporting that Amber had cited “irreconcilable differences” while filing the divorce petition.
But, only a few months into their separation, Amber filed a restraining order against Johnny, claiming that he had previously assaulted her.
It was a big allegation to make…
So people were confused when Amber retracted her allegations just one day before the hearing was due to be held.
Amber 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.
Who was even made the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Ambassador for Women’s Issues”.
Johnny found his career taking a hit as a result of the on-going scandal.
Fewer and fewer directors were hiring Johnny for roles, and his appearance in J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was heavily criticized.
In a career-shattering announcement just 4 days after Amber’s damning article, Disney announced that the actor would no longer be a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
It was widely assumed that Disney, who have earned over $4.5 billion at the box office from the Pirates franchise, were trying to distance themselves from the actor and the scandal surrounding him.
Despite their actions in 2018, Disney was reportedly considering bringing Johnny Depp back to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the 6th installment of the franchise.
This was huge news for the actor…
But their sudden change of heart wasn’t random and came after a shocking twist in the Depp-Heard scandal.
And presented evidence that he was the one on the receiving end of the abuse, and not the other way around.
His defamation lawsuit read:
“The op-ed [Amber’s article] depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”
And listed down incidents of Amber’s alleged abuse since the start of their marriage, including punching and kicking, as well as staging her attacks.
“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 difficulty read.
Audio obtained by the Daily Mail was released that heard her admitting to attacking Johnny. She could also be heard taunting him, saying:
“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.”
And Johnny has been in court recently 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, and while in court, both parties played pretty dirty, revealing compromising photographs of each other which have blown everything out of the water, yet again.
It was announced that the actor lost the controversial case against the newspaper and editor Dan Wootton.
“The Sun has stood up and campaigned for the victims of domestic abuse for over twenty years,” said a spokesperson.
The trial has been one of the biggest libel trials ever.
As he was soon forced to resign from his role in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts 3.
The actor announced the news via his Instagram.
As the globally popular French fashion brand, Dior, announced recently that they will continue to stand by the actor and use him as their brand ambassador.
Who Depp has been the poster boy of since it’s launch back in 2015.
While most people seem to support Dior’s decision, the continued use of Depp’s image did receive 11 complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority on British TV recently.
“I think it would be sensible for Dior to sever links with Depp. Anything can be stopped by pressing a button if they really wanted to. A brand like Dior is not just looking at this territory. The attitude [toward Depp] in the U.K will be very different to the one in eastern Europe, for example.”
Johnny’s fans are overjoyed by Dior’s loyalty and they’ve been flocking to get their hands on the luxurious fragrance during the Black Friday weekend.
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