Amber Heard’s attorney says the decision to have cameras in the courtroom turned the trial against Johnny Depp into “a zoo”.
- Experts say both artists emerge with unclear career prospects after grim six-week trial
- Some say it’s a ‘classic murder-suicide’, in terms of career damage
- Others claim they will work again, but it will be a while before a studio sees them as a safe bet.
Lawyer Elaine Bredehoft said NBC today she objected to the decision to televise the trial and Ms Heard was ‘demonized’ by Mr Depp’s lawyers, which was repeated on social media.
After an explosive six-week libel trial watched by millions on social media and live TV, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard each face an uphill battle trying to rebuild their image and their careers.
The verdict in Virginia on Wednesday found that Mr Depp had been defamed by three statements in an op-ed written by Ms Heard in which she said she had been the victim of abuse.
The jury awarded him more than $10 million (over $13 million). But jurors also found Ms Heard had been defamed by a lawyer for Mr Depp who accused her of creating a detailed hoax surrounding the abuse allegations. She received $2 million.
Mr Depp had hoped the libel suit would help restore his reputation.
However, legal and entertainment experts say the reputations of the two actors have been tainted by ugly details about their brief marriage that came out during the televised trial watched by millions.
How will the lawsuit affect their careers?
Former entertainment lawyer Matthew Belloni, who writes about Hollywood cases for the Puck newsletter, said the personal damages of the lawsuit were “too thorny” for a studio to want to get involved. take care of it.
The case captivated viewers who watched TV coverage from hammer to hammer, including avid followers on social media who dissected the actors’ mannerisms, clothing choices and drinking and drinking. drugs.
Both artists emerge with unclear career prospects.
Eric Rose, a crisis management and communications expert in Los Angeles, called the lawsuit “a classic murder-suicide,” in terms of damage to both careers.
“From a reputation management perspective, there can be no winners,” he said.
“They got bloodied. It’s getting harder now for studios to hire either actor because you’re potentially alienating a lot of your audience who maybe don’t like the fact that you’ve held back Johnny or Amber for a specific project because the feelings are so strong right now.”
Which professions have already been impacted?
Mr Depp sued Ms Heard for defamation in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence”. The essay never mentioned his name.
The jury ruled in favor of Mr. Depp on all three of his claims regarding specific statements in the article.
Mads Mikkelsen replaced Mr Depp as Gellert Grindelwald for Fantastic Beasts 3.
Mr Depp’s future is also in doubt in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which he blamed on Ms Heard’s allegations.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed that two more Pirates scripts are in development, but neither will include Mr. Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow, a role that earned the actor an Oscar nomination.
His last appearance in the Disney-owned franchise was in 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Dior has long called on Mr Depp to promote the men’s fragrance Sauvage. The fashion house has remained silent on the abuse allegations and still uses it in advertisements.
Ms Heard said Mr Depp had fueled campaigns to get her fired as a L’Oreal ambassador and cut her as the character Mera from an Aquaman sequel, although a production manager said testified that she was staying in the movie which was due out next year.
Will their career ever recover?
Brett Ward, a family law attorney in New York, said Mr Depp had become a more credible witness by admitting to his drug and alcohol use and that he could be a difficult person.
But he said Mr. Depp also runs the risk of making those moments more memorable to audiences than his film work.
“What if he doesn’t? I think he made a terrible mistake because most people won’t remember his rather distinguished career in Hollywood. They will remember that trial.”
Danny Deraney, who has done crisis PR for some of Hollywood’s #MeToo accusers, said “when it comes to forgiveness and when it comes to the things they’ve done” men were generally more likely that women find new work in the entertainment industry
“I don’t think her career is necessarily over, but I’m sure it’s going to take a big hit because I think everyone is now going to view her as a difficult woman to work with, seeing her emotions as they have been, whether they were right or wrong.
“I think they’re going to look at this and say, ‘Do we want this on our set?'”
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