Just weeks after Johnny Depp lost his libel case and was asked to step down his role in Fantastic Beasts 3, he’s accepted a special acting award.
But in a bizarre picture of the actor accepting the award, he’s seen to be posing behind bars…
It’s been a very turbulent couple of years for Johnny Depp.
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.
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.
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.
Though she didn’t explicitly name Johnny in her op-ed, she did allude to the time period when, “2 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.”
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 are 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 comes after a shocking twist in the Depp-Heard scandal.
And presented evidence that he was the one on the receiving end of the abuse, not the other way around.
Johnny’s 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 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.”
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.
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 and many of his fans were not happy.
Well, despite losing both his role and libel case, the actor has still been winning awards…
And more recently, Johnny was awarded a special acting award as part of the Cameraimage festival in Poland.
The actor was awarded the Actor with Unique Visual Sensitivity prize for the drama, Minamata.
Minamata is Johnny’s new film which premiered immediately after he accepted his award and closed the virtual event.
Pictured in the Bahamas, the actor is smiling and pointing to his trophy… while behind bars.
In the letter, Depp praised the cinematographers he has worked with throughout his career.
“I have always been someone who needs to not know what is coming next. To capture those unrehearsed moments – those moments of beautiful mistake – those same moments that make cinema, and life, magic,” the Independent reports that he wrote.
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