The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial has grabbed headlines due to the often grotesque and sordid details of the couple’s troubled marriage.
And while there is evidence that both of their careers have been hurt, it’s much trickier to try to connect that damage to specific defamatory statements.
Depp has alleged that he lost tens of millions of dollars because of Heard’s allegations of domestic violence, which she alluded to in a 2018 op-ed.
But the testimony showed that Depp was a star in serious decline even before the allegations, and a series of legal setbacks made him virtually unemployable by major studios.
Depp’s former agent and former business manager testified that Depp’s unprofessional behavior had dimmed Hollywood’s enthusiasm for the actor, leading to severe financial distress for the star.
A verdict in the Depp and Heard case is expected in the coming days, but the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series that elevated Depp into the stratosphere is sailing on without him.
As for Depp, he says he would never apply Jack Sparrow’s mascara again, irrespective of the outcome of the trial or a rich offer.
“There was a deep and distinct sense of feeling betrayed by the people that I’ve worked hard for,” Depp said.