Johnny Depp’s ongoing lawsuit against Amber Heard is seeking $50 million in damages. Many have wondered how Johnny’s legal team came up with that amount. A huge chunk of it is now accounted for.
Johnny’s former agent and current talent manager, Jack Whigham, testified today on Depp’s behalf. Whigham said that when Disney dropped Johnny Depp from “Pirates of the Caribbean 6,” it cost him a cool $22.5 million. Disney fired Depp due to Amber Heard’s charges of abuse in a now-famous Washington Post op-ed piece.
During cross-examination, Amber Heard’s legal team pointed out that there was no contract for Depp to work on the sixth “Pirates” installment. Whigham pointed out that typically, verbal agreements are made long before studios and actors put ink to paper. The talent generally is told what to expect for a sequel in a long-running franchise.
Since Johnny Depp was unable to do the movie, he is alleging that Amber cost him that $22.5 million. Other projects could have been missed out on as well. The loss of the Jack Sparrow role made up for the bulk of the damages, though.
Depp has been winning in the court of public opinion thus far. Amber Heard recently fired her PR team after fans delivered an onslaught of negativity towards her alleged behavior. It will still be a huge hill to climb over for a jury to agree to such a staggering amount of money.
We will have to wait and see if Johnny Depp is able to prove his case. Many believe he has already done so. As the trial drags on, more and more evidence is continuing to come to light. If the jury feels the same way as the vast majority of the public, Depp could be in for a monster payday.
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