Johnny Depp’s career was already in decline ahead of domestic abuse allegations

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 movie star to show up and word spread (…), which 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. He regularly used a headset to get someone to whisper his words, Ms. noted. Jacobs. She claimed she had never seen violent acts by the actor.

Episode 5 of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” saga, filmed in 2015 in Australia, was interrupted for several weeks because Johnny Depp was hospitalized after cutting his finger during an argument with his wife, who had degenerated into an attack particularly fucking sexual. .

The actor claims he was injured by a bottle thrown by his wife, whom she has vehemently denied.

Johnny Depp accuses Amber Heard of tarnishing his reputation and career by claiming in a column published in 2018 by the Washington Post that she had suffered domestic violence two years ago when they were married, without yet mentioning her name.


He assures that these accusations have pushed Disney studios to deprive him of the role of the famous captain Jack Sparrow for the 6th opus of “Pirates” which he would return.

But, stressed Tracey Jacobs, “no one was engaged for him to take part.”

In 2016, “his star had faded and it was becoming increasingly difficult to find roles for him because of his reputation,” she said.

A year ago he had received $ 25 million to shoot “Pirates 5”, but only $ 5 million for “Murder on the Orient Express” published 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 earned about $ 600 million during that time.

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 became clear that he had problems with alcohol and drugs,” he said. “This was translating into a more messy attitude.”

Treatment for his drug addiction cost $ 100,000 a month, and he paid his full-time staff $ 300,000 a month, he noted.

The deliberations will continue until May 27, after which the seven members of the jury will withdraw 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 he never raised his hand against a woman, has already lost his first defamation lawsuit in London in 2020, against the British tabloid The Sun, who had called him a “violent man”.

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