Johnny Depp’s workforce blocked proof of Disney’s frustration along with his conduct on the set of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, based on not too long ago unsealed court docket paperwork.
After a number of years of success portraying lead character Captain Jack Sparrow within the hit movie franchise, Depp reprised his position for a closing time in 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, earlier than he was dropped the next 12 months.
Depp’s lack of the profitable position served as an influencing think about his defamation lawsuit in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard, who he sued for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post, through which she stated she was a home abuse survivor.
Following a high-profile trial in Fairfax, Virginia, the jury in June discovered that Heard had, certainly, defamed Depp and awarded him greater than $10 million. Depp was ordered to pay $2 million to Heard—who had counter-sued for $100 million—for defaming her through feedback made by his legal professional Adam Waldman.
As each events enchantment the verdicts in opposition to them, particulars of pre-trial paperwork, displaying data and particulars that attorneys for every star had tried to submit into proof however didn’t get accredited or have been deemed inadmissible by the choose, have been revealed.
One such element is a declare by Heard’s workforce that these representing Depp within the case had blocked proof of Disney’s frustration along with his lateness whereas capturing Pirates 5 and allegedly being “drunk and stoned” throughout a TV look.
Heard’s workforce states within the paperwork that within the lead-up to the trial, Depp’s paralegal “produced an unidentified document production with password protection, labeled DEPP017, leaving out Ms. Heard’s primary paralegal in the case, and did not disclose it was related to the then in-progress deposition of [Depp’s former agent] Tracey Jacobs.”
The assertion continues that Heard’s legal professional, Elaine Bredehoft, “who was already in the process of deposing Ms. Jacobs, did not become aware of this production during the deposition, and even if she had, could not reasonably have read, much less marked and then used these documents.
“Yet Mr. Depp’s counsel Mr. [Ben] Chew—who represented Mr. Depp in BOTH of the prior depositions, had already reviewed these transcripts and ready them and associated connected paperwork for Mr. Depp’s use within the deposition. Had Ms Heard had the identical alternative, she would have been in a position to elicit spotlight related and damaging data.”
Among the alleged issues said to have been missed out as a result were Depp’s “severe and worsening drug and alcohol use, lateness and never displaying up in any respect in filming, and film studios’ unhappiness with Mr. Depp.”
As effectively as alleging that “Mr. Depp’s actions hurt Mr. Depp’s career,” the assertion continued that the actor “appeared on TV drunk and stoned, to the point that Disney studio executives called Ms. Jacobs asking ‘What the hell was wrong with your client?’
“These similar points appeared in the course of the filming of Pirates 5, and Disney advised Ms. Jacobs the conduct was not ‘going to be tolerated,’ Disney was ‘not going to place up with this,’ and that ‘there was no love between Johnny and Disney, given the Pirates 5 state of affairs.'”
Newsweek has contacted Disney and representatives of Depp and Heard for comment.
While testifying at the trial, Depp said that he felt “betrayed” by Disney when he was dropped from his role in the hugely successful movie franchise.
He said: “Having added a lot of myself, a lot of my very own rewriting, the dialogue, the scenes, the jokes, I did not fairly perceive how after that lengthy relationship and fairly a profitable relationship with Disney that… abruptly I used to be responsible till confirmed harmless.”
Jacobs, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory star’s former agent, contradicted Depp’s claims that the article led to a downturn in his career during video testimony at Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court.
The entertainment professional said that while Depp was shooting the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, he would regularly show up to the film set late. She also alleged that industry executives became “reluctant to make use of him” in movies.
Under questioning from Heard’s legal professional Bredehoft, Jacobs answered within the affirmative when requested if Depp “glorified drug culture.”
Jacobs additionally stated that the identical utilized to his anger points, which, based on Jacobs, “worsened over time.”
Later, Jacobs added of Depp: “His star had dimmed due to it getting harder to get to jobs, due to the reputation he had acquired due to his lateness and other things.”
After being requested what these different issues have been, Jacobs stated: “Just, you know, people were talking and the question was out there about his behavior.”
When requested whether or not that conduct included alcohol and drug use, Jacobs answered affirmatively.
While the testimony was not favorable to Depp, Jacobs stated that she had by no means seen the actor hit a girl. She additionally stated that she by no means noticed proof of abuse on Heard.
Depp parted methods with Jacobs again in 2016, following litigation between the actor and his former managers Joel and Robert Mandel. Depp had alleged that Jacobs was amongst those that had betrayed his finest pursuits.
A consultant for Depp not too long ago refuted reviews that the actor was returning to the Pirates franchise.
During the defamation trial, Depp himself said he wouldn’t return to Pirates.
While on the stand, Depp was requested by Heard’s legal professional Ben Rottenborn if he would work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean movie sooner or later.
Rottenborn stated: “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?”
“That is true, Mr. Rottenborn,” Depp stated in response.