Johnny Depp’s career and finances were already in decline ahead of Amber Heard’s domestic violence charges in 2018, witnesses said Thursday in the actor’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife.
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Johnny Depp “became the biggest movie star in the world” before “his star faded” from drugs and alcohol, said Tracey Jacobs, who was his agent for 30 years, before being fired in October 2016.
“It became much more complicated” because of his “unprofessional attitude,” she said in pre-recorded testimony broadcast in court at Fairfax, near Washington.
“He was constantly late for almost every movie he was making,” she explained.
“Teams do not like to wait for hours for the star of the film to appear and the word was spreading […]made people reluctant to use it, “the agent said.
According to her, even the use of drugs and alcohol has made him more angry and hindered him in his acting work. Thus he regularly used a headset so that someone could whisper to him his lines, noted Mrs.ME Jacobs. She claimed she had never seen violent acts by the actor.
The fifth part of the saga Pirates of the Caribbean, filmed in 2015 in Australia, so was interrupted for several weeks because Johnny Depp was hospitalized after cutting off his finger during an argument with his wife, who had degenerated into a particularly heinous sexual assault.
The actor claims he was injured by a bottle thrown by his wife, whom she has vehemently denied.
Johnny Depp accuses Amber Heard of ruining his reputation and career by claiming in a 2018 article by Washington Post that she had suffered domestic violence two years ago when they were married, without mentioning her name.
He assures that these accusations pushed Disney studios to deprive him of the role of the famous captain Jack Sparrow in the sixth part of Pirates, that he had to return.
However, stressed Tracey Jacobs, “no one had vowed for him to have the role.”
In 2016, “his star had faded and it was becoming increasingly difficult to find roles for him because of his reputation,” she said.
Last year, he had received $ 25 million to shoot the fifth installment of Pirates, but only $ 5 million for Crime of the Orient Express, was released in 2017, she said.
Johnny Depp, however, continued to live at great expense, said his former wealth manager, Joel Mandel, who had accompanied him since 1999 before being fired in 2016.
According to him, Johnny Depp has earned about $ 600 million during this period.
But starting in 2010, Johnny Depp’s career was hampered by “several sequel films that did not come out,” he explained in his pre-recorded testimony.
In 2015, he was “extremely concerned” about the actor’s financial situation. “Over time, it was clear he had problems with alcohol and drugs,” he said. “This translates into a more messy attitude.”
Treatment for his drug addiction cost $ 100,000 a month, and he paid his full-time helpers $ 300,000 a month, he noted.
The trial will continue until May 27, after which seven members of the jury will retire to discuss.
The two actors had started a relationship in October 2011 before getting married in February 2015. Amber Heard, 36, filed for divorce in May 2016, accusing her husband of domestic violence. She had dropped the charges before the divorce was finalized in early 2017.
Johnny Depp, who claims to have never laid hands on a woman, has already lost in 2020 a first defamation lawsuit in London against the British tabloid. Dielli, who called him a “violent man.”