Johnny Depp’s team blocked evidence of Disney’s frustration with their behavior on the set of Fifth Pirates of the Caribbean The film, according to recent unsealed court documents.
After years of success portraying the lead character Captain Jack Sparrow in the hit film franchise, Depp reprized his role for the last time in 2017. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Talesbefore leaving him the following year.
The loss of Depp’s lucrative role served as an influential factor in his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, whom he sued for $50 million for a 2018 op-ed. Washington PostIn which she said that she was a domestic abuse survivor.
After a high-profile trial in Fairfax, Virginia, in June the jury found that Heard had indeed defamed Depp and awarded him more than $10 million. Depp was ordered to pay $2 million to Hurd—who counter-sued for $100 million—for defaming him through comments made by his lawyer, Adam Waldman.
As both parties appeal the verdict against them, pre-trial documents showing the details, information and details that each star’s lawyers had attempted to present in evidence but were not approved or were deemed inadmissible by the judge , has been disclosed.
One such detail is the claim of Hurd’s team that those representing Depp in the case blocked evidence of Disney’s dismay during the shooting. Pirates 5 and was reportedly being “drunk and stoned” during a TV show.
Heard’s team states in the documents that in the lead-up to the trial, Depp’s paralegal “produced an anonymous document production with password protection, labeled DEPP017, except in this case Ms. Heard’s primary paralegal, and disclosed that Statement on the then progress of [Depp’s former agent] Tracy Jacobs.”
The statement continues that Heard’s attorney, Elaine Breedhoft, “who was already in the process of ousting Ms. Jacobs, did not become aware of this production during the statement, and even if she was , so could not read properly, marked too little and then used these documents.
“Yet Mr. Depp’s lawyer, Mr. [Ben] Chew—who represented Mr. Depp in both prior statements—has already reviewed these transcripts and prepared them and related attached documents for Mr. Depp to use in the statement. If Ms. Heard had only one opportunity, she would have been able to uncover relevant and harmful information.”
Reported issues were said to have included Depp’s “severe and worsening drug and alcohol use, latency and not appearing in filming at all, and the film studio’s displeasure with Mr.
As well as alleging that “Mr. Depp’s actions hurt Mr. Depp’s career,” the statement continued that the actor “appeared to be drunk and stoned on TV, even as Disney Studios executives told Ms. Jacobs to ask ‘What the hell was wrong. Your customer?’
“These same issues appeared during the filming of Pirates 5, and Disney told Ms Jacobs that the conduct was ‘not tolerable’, Disney ‘wasn’t going to tolerate it,’ and that ‘there was no love between Johnny and Disney, given Pirates Five positions.'”
newsweek Representatives for Disney and Depp & Heard have been contacted for comment.
Testifying at trial, Depp said he felt “betrayed” by Disney when he was dropped from his role in the hugely successful film franchise.
He said: “After a lot of myself, adding my own rewrites, dialogue, scenes, jokes, I don’t understand how after that long relationship and a fairly successful relationship with Disney… all of a sudden I Was guilty till proven innocent.”
Jacobs, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Starr’s former agent denied Depp’s claim that the article caused a decline in his career during a video testimony in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia.
The entertainment professional said when Depp was shooting the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, he regularly appeared on film sets as of late. She also alleged that industry executives became “reluctant to use her” in films.
Under questioning from Heard’s attorney Breedhoft, Jacobs responded in the affirmative when asked whether Depp “glorified drug culture.”
Jacob also said that the same applies to his anger issues, which, according to Jacob, “worsened over time.”
Later, Jacobs added Depp: “His star was dimmed because of jobs being tough, the reputation he had earned because of his reputation and other things.”
After being asked what those other things were, Jacobs said: “Just, you know, people were talking and the question was about their behavior.”
When asked whether that behavior included alcohol and drug use, Jacobs answered in the affirmative.
While the testimony did not suit Depp, Jacobs said he had never seen the actor kill a woman. She also said that she never saw evidence of abuse on Heard.
After litigation between the actor and his former managers Joel and Robert Mandel, Depp returned with Jacobs in 2016. Depp alleged that Jacobs was among those who betrayed her best interests.
A representative for Depp recently denied reports that the actor was returning Pirates Voting.
During the defamation lawsuit, Depp himself said he would not return Pirates,
While on the stand, Heard’s attorney Ben Rottenborn asked Depp if he would work with Disney. Pirates of the Caribbean film in the future.
Rottenborn said: “The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney brought you $300 million and a million alpaca, nothing on this earth would motivate you to go back and work with Disney. Pirates of the Caribbean Thin layer? Correct?”
“It’s true, Mr Rottenborn,” Depp replied.