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Johnny Depp played anything to erase his name … and lost


His army of true believers will not accept it. #JusticeforJohnny was on Twitter all day yesterday as her hero and his advisors, lawyers and friends pondered defeat.

The fact is, 57-year-old Johnny Depp went to court in the UK courts – and lost.

He sued after The Sun labeled him a bully, and the 129-page verdict denying that claim is seen not as a victory for the newspaper, but for Amber Heard, his wife, for just 15 chaotic months.

Depp's losses are now numerous and deep. There are real concerns for the immediate welfare of a man who, the court heard, has longstanding and serious problems with alcohol and drug addiction.

Quite simply, he played everything to erase his name – and lost it.

The fact is that Johnny Depp (pictured in Pirates of the Caribbean), 57, sought litigation in the UK courts – and lost.

Before the verdict, a friend said, "Being accused of being a bully is just a bridge too far and you can't let it hang over you for the rest of your life."

Steven Gaydos, editor-in-chief of the industry bible Variety, says, “He had no choice but to defend himself. He was right to assess the possible harm that the term "woman beater" would have done to his future. "

That was the reason for the lawsuit, which cost him around £ 3 million in legal costs. He must bear his own costs as well as those of the editor of The Sun, News UK.

It is not the kind of sum he can afford to lose since by his own calculation £ 500 million or more has disappeared from his fortune, mainly due to alleged financial mismanagement. Before this last disaster, he was on the verge of bankruptcy.

He has assets – numerous properties in Los Angeles, a spread in France and its private Caribbean island – but the days of making £ 60 million a year are long gone and he has complained about adding millions to the tax officer owe.

He filed a lawsuit (pictured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) after The Sun labeled him a bully, and the 129-page verdict denying that claim is viewed not as a victory for the newspaper, but for Amber Heard, his Wife for only 15 chaotic months

He had sued (pictured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) after The Sun labeled him a bully, and the 129-page verdict denying that claim is seen not as a victory for the newspaper, but for Amber Heard, his Wife for only 15 chaotic months

Add in what is known as the "Depp Litigation Train," which refers to the numerous lawsuits he has filed, and you can see he may still be in dire financial straits – especially if he is fighting in the American courts where the Costs are far higher, as he promised yesterday, and lose again.

But beyond that, he appears to be for good in Hollywood, and his reputation is irrevocably tarnished by the sheer malice of domestic abuse brought up in court in July.

Depp and Heard met in 2011 when she was cast as his love interest in The Rum Diary. They were first romantically linked in June 2012 when Depp split up with Vanessa Paradis, his 14-year-old partner and mother of his two children.

They married on his island in February 2015. Soon after, Depp was seen with an injured hand. It was attributed to a go-kart accident, but there were rumors of a domestic dispute.

Heard filed an injunction against Depp in May 2016, saying she was "very afraid" of the star. Allegations have surfaced that he had beaten her and she appeared in public with a wounded face.

Their divorce became final in early 2017. Heard received a $ 7 million settlement donated to a hospital.

Depp's losses (pictured in Fantastic Beasts) are now numerous and deep. There are real fears for the immediate welfare of a man who, the court heard, has longstanding and serious problems with alcohol and drug addiction

Depp's losses (pictured in Fantastic Beasts) are now numerous and deep. There are real fears for the immediate welfare of a man who, the court heard, has longstanding and serious problems with alcohol and drug addiction

She became the figurehead of abused women: In 2018, she wrote a statement in the Washington Post with the headline: “Amber Heard: I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That needs to change. "

Currently, Depp still has supporters on his team of friends and lawyers, as well as girlfriends, including ex-girlfriends Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis and former co-star Helena Bonham Carter, who have all spoken out for him.

Gina Deuters, the wife of his assistant Stephen, posted on Instagram yesterday: “He will always have my love and support. We will not stop fighting for justice. "

J.K. Rowling, who cast him as Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts films in 2018, which primarily drove The Sun's article, was silent yesterday.

Defending him after protests against his casting in the film, she said, “Given our understanding of the circumstances, not only are the filmmakers and I comfortable with sticking to our original casting, but we're also really glad that Johnny a main character plays the films. & # 39;

Irony is now full of irony as Rowling, who was a victim of domestic violence herself in her first marriage, may see her latest film derailed because she decided to believe a man found guilty of exactly that.

Also in a difficult position is Warner Bros, who is making the third episode of Fantastic Beasts, mostly in Leavesden, Herts, on a budget of around £ 140 million.

They stuck to the film because of the tremendous success of the Harry Potter films, which grossed billions and which everyone hoped could be repeated. Any connection with Depp could compromise this, however.

Media attorney Mark Stephens says: "There seems to be a good hope that he can still finish filming, but I'm pretty sure his employers are looking for a morality clause that will allow them to root him out of any films that there was not yet published.

"That's exactly what happened to Kevin Spacey and he didn't go to court." (The actor was "deleted" from projects, including House Of Cards, after being accused by numerous young men of suggesting and sexually assaulting her. All charges were dropped.)

Adds Stephens, “Here the judge took the evidence apart and found Amber Heard was telling the truth and Depp was not. He will find that he is not acceptable in the modern world. "

Stephens continued, “His best way out is to stop fighting as his lawyers suggest. The only way would be to accept that he has problems with drugs, alcohol, and violence, to go to rehab and to show remorse for what he has done, to seek help for his demons, and to apologize.

“If he does that, Hollywood will want to take him back. He makes himself unacceptable as long as he remains in denial. "

Depp's fall comes at a time when Hollywood is less likely to forgive than it used to be.

Titans have fallen – Harvey Weinstein the most prominent of them. The man who was once considered a film god is now broke, ashamed and imprisoned.

Right now, Warner Bros says nothing in public, at least.

I've been told that the filming of Fantastic Beasts, which began in September, is too advanced for Depp to be removed without months of re-shoots.

Problem is, the rest of the cast, like Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law, may not be available for it – everyone expects the film to be ready in late January or early February.

However, multiple sources speak of a serious case of nerves from the studio. And after Fantastic Beasts, Depp can't wait to get to work anytime soon, at least not as a lead in a major movie.

A film he made before the fall, Minamata, has just signed a distribution deal with MGM. Another, Waiting For The Barbarians, was released on streaming platforms this summer.

Disney is working on a sixth episode of the hugely lucrative Pirates Of The Caribbean series, but no script has been approved yet, according to producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Would the storyline include a role for Captain Jack Sparrow? Sure the answer is no. The five pirate films made more than $ 4.5 billion – they just don't need Depp to continue blockbusting.

Depp is scheduled to appear as executive producer on a drama series through the Muscle Shoals recording studio in Alabama, but other than that, his schedule looks barren.

Some think that after legal submissions because of his drug use, it might even be difficult for him to travel to some areas to work.

However, a filmmaker warns that Depp may come back after spending time in the wild.

"I'll tell you one name: Robert Downey Jr. (the actor who made millions as a teenager, before he had problems with alcohol and drugs, and then cleaned up his plot)," he said.

"He was counted down, but he paid the price for his folly and now he's one of the biggest stars."

"OK, yes, Depp's situation is different because the woman hit." That will be hard to overcome, but if he repents there is a way to make a comeback. "

Who supports Depp? He stays close to his former partner Vanessa Paradis and spent the summer with her and her two adult children in France.

He also has a friend in British rock guitarist Jeff Beck and spends extended periods with Beck in Robertsbridge, East Sussex.

His other great friend is film director Tim Burton, and some believe he currently lives with Burton in a rented house in north London.

Depp is the godfather to both of Burton's children, with actress Helena Bonham Carter.

She said over the weekend: "None of this makes sense – he would never have gone this far if he thought he was wrong." Today she was silent.

Depp is expected at Heard's lawyers' offices in Virginia next week. He is due to testify on charges of defamation over her article in the Washington Post.

He wants up to $ 50 million in damages; She countered with $ 100 million saying he tried to ruin her career.

The case will most likely go to trial in May next year.

Depp posted a fascinating video on Instagram in September of which he wrote a note in a bold, seemingly insecure hand.

It read: “Hello everyone! I just wanted to thank you all once again for your constant and loyal support. . . I'm only here because of you – and I'm only there for you !!! Thank you and all the best for everything, JD. "

A rare mark of the vulnerability of a man who was once the pinnacle of cool. It's enough to seduce the idiot believers – but will he be able to convince others?

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