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Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is an American actor best known for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series and his collaboration with Tim Burton in films such as “Edward Scissorhands,” “Sweeney Todd,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

  1. August 2021

    #JusticeForJohnnyDepp Trends

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  2. August 2021

    Charities and Filmmakers Criticize Film Festival Award

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  3. July 2021

    Judge Rules ACLU Must Confirm Donation

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  4. 9 June 2021

    #HappyBirthdayJohnnyDepp Trends

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  5. March 2021

    Depp’s Appeal is Denied

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  6. November 2020

    Fans Organize “Pirates” Petition

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  7. 6 November 2020

    Depp Resigns From “Fantastic Beasts 3”

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  8. 5 November 2020

    Judge Rules Assault Allegations in Libel Case Are Substantially True

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  9. July 2020

    Heard’s Ex-Assistant Supports Depp

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  10. July 2020

    Security Chief Says: “Heard Abused Depp”

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  11. July 2020

    Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis Defend Depp

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  12. 7 July 2020

    Three-week Libel Case Begins Between Depp and The Sun

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  13. 1 June 2020

    Depp Sues Wootton

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  14. 30 January 2020

    Phone Recording Released of Heard Assaulting Depp

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  15. 1 March 2019

    Depp Sues Heard

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  16. 18 December 2018

    Heard’s Op-Ed Alleges Abuse

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  17. November 2018

    #Boycottthefantasticbeast Trends on Twitter

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  18. 28 April 2018

    The Sun Headline Edited to Remove “Wife Beater”

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  19. April 2018

    Editor Dan Wootton Calls Depp a “Wife Beater”

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  20. May 2017

    Depp and Heard’s Divorce is Finalized

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  21. 25 November 2016

    “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” Premieres

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  22. 16 August 2016

    Heard Receives $7 Million Divorce Settlement out of Court

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  23. 27 May 2016

    Heard Applies for Restraining Order

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  24. 23 May 2016

    Depp and Heard File for Divorce

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  25. 22 May 2016

    Depp and Heard Separate

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  26. 21 April 2015

    Depp and Heard Bring Dogs Into Australia Illegally

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  27. 3 March 2015 - March 2015

    Depp Allegedly Abuses Heard During Australia Vacation

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  28. 3 February 2015

    Depp and Heard Wed in Private Ceremony

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  29. January 2014

    Depp and Heard’s Engagement Confirmed

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  30. January 2012

    Depp and Heard Begin Dating

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  31. 5 March 2010

    “Alice in Wonderland” Premieres

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  32. March 2009

    Depp and Amber Heard Meet On “The Rum Diary” Set

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  33. 3 December 2007

    “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Premieres

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  34. July 2005

    “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Premieres

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  35. 28 June 2003

    “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl” Premieres

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  36. 1998 - 2012

    Depp is in a Relationship with Vanessa Paradis

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  37. 1994 - 1998

    Depp is in a Relationship with Kate Moss

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  38. 17 December 1993

    “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” Premieres

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  39. 7 December 1990

    “Edward Scissorhands” Premieres

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  40. 1989 - 1993

    Depp is in a Relationship with Winona Ryder

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  41. 16 November 1984

    Depp debuts in “A Nightmare on Elm Street”

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  42. 1983 - 1985

    Depp is Married to Lori Anne Allison

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  • #Domestic Violence

On May 23, 2016, Depp’s wife Amber Heard accused him of domestic violence and filed for divorce. Heard alleged that during a trip to Australia together in March 2015, Depp was physically and emotionally abusive as a result of drug and alcohol use. 

In April of 2018, The Sun released an article questioning J.K. Rowling’s choice of casting Depp in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” film, referring to Depp as a “wife beater.” In June 2020, Depp sued The Sun for libel over the “wife beater” reference. During the three-week libel trial, Heard detailed violent episodes where Depp “choked, punched, slapped, head-butted, throttled and kicked her.” In November 2020 a London High Court judge ruled that The Sun’s allegations were “substantially true.” 

In December of 2018, Heard wrote a Washington Post op-ed in which she alleged that she had been the victim of domestic abuse, though she did not specifically name Depp as the perpetrator. In March 2019, Depp sued Heard for $50 million for defamation.

On May 23, 2016, Amber Heard accused Depp of domestic violence and filed for divorce, additionally applying for a domestic abuse restraining order that prevented Depp from contacting her. In August 2016, Heard received a $7 million divorce settlement from Depp out of court. Their divorce was finalized in May 2017. 

Depp and Heard vacationed in Australia together March 3-5, 2016. Heard alleged that during the trip Depp was physically and emotionally abusive as a result of drug and alcohol use. In a statement released in May 2015, Heard accused Depp of “extreme acts” of “psychological, physical, emotional and other forms of violence” during the trip. Said Heard: “It is the worst thing I have ever been through. I was left with an injured lip and nose, and cuts on my arms.” 

In April of 2018, editor Dan Wootton published an article in The Sun questioning J.K. Rowling’s choice of casting Depp in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” film, referring to Depp as a “wife beater.” Within twenty-four hours, the article was edited to remove the “wife beater” reference, though the article still maintained Wootton’s accusation that “overwhelming evidence was filed to show Johnny Depp engaged in domestic violence against his wife Amber Heard.” 

In November of 2018, #JohnnyDeppIsTheAbuser and #Boycottthefantasticbeast began trending on Twitter, most notably with fans in Korea speaking out against Johnny Depp and showing support for Amber Heard.

On December 18, 2018, Amber Heard wrote a Washington Post op-ed in which she alleged that she had been the victim of domestic abuse, though she did not specifically name Depp as the perpetrator. She began the article: “I was exposed to abuse at a very young age … Like many women, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted by the time I was of college age. But I kept quiet—I did not expect filing complaints to bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.” 

On March 1, 2019, Depp sued Heard for $50 million for defamation, citing the Washington Post op-ed that she wrote in December 2018, even though he wasn’t named. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the trial has been delayed until April 2022.

In June of 2020, Depp sued The Sun for libel over the “wife beater” reference, leading to a three-week libel trial between Depp and News Group Newspapers Ltd. and editor Dan Wootton.

On November 5, 2020, High Court Justice Andrew Nicol ruled that the allegations in The Sun’s article were “substantially true.” Nicol found that 12 out of 14 “alleged assaults of Ms. Heard by Mr. Depp have been proved to the civil standard” and ruled that, “The claimant has not succeeded in his action for libel.”

During the trial, Heard provided photos of a bruise on her upper cheek, allegedly the result of Depp throwing his cell phone at her and striking her face. Heard described violent episodes where Deep “choked, punched, slapped, head-butted, throttled and kicked her,” including an assault after her 30th birthday, an additional incident that left her with black eyes, and three days of “sustained and multiple assaults” during their time in Australia.

Nicol also called Depp’s allegations that Heard (or one of her friends) defecated in Depp’s bed “unlikely.”

Heard stated during the trial that she had donated her entire $7 million divorce settlement to charity. 

On November 6, 2020, Depp confirmed on Instagram that he was asked to resign from his upcoming role as Grimwauld in “Fantastic Beasts 3.” He stated: “The surreal judgment of the court in the U.K. will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.”

In March of 2021, Depp attempted to appeal the original libel case between Depp and News Group Newspapers Ltd. and editor Dan Wootton. 

However, justices James Dingemans and Nicholas Underhill refused the appeal, stating that the previous court ruling by High Court Justice Andrew Nicol was “full and fair,” that the conclusions “have not been shown even arguably to be vitiated by any error of approach or mistake of law,” and that “the appeal has no real prospect of success and that there is no other compelling reason for it to be heard.”

On July 30,, 2021, as part of Depp’s ongoing defamation case against Heard, a New York judge ruled that the American Civil Liberties Union must confirm whether Heard had actually donated her $7 million divorce settlement to charity, as Depp’s lawyer had cited this claim in the midst of the original trial as a “calculated and manipulative lie" that "tipped the scales against Mr. Depp from the very beginning."

Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, has stated that Heard has already paid “more than a million” each to both the ACLU and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and that “[Heard] has always said she fully intends to continue to give the full $7 million, but she can't do it yet. She will do it when she can. But she has given a significant amount to both."

In August of 2021, Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival announced they would be awarding Depp the Donostia Award, their “highest honorary award,” and described Depp as "one of contemporary cinema's most talented and versatile actors."

In response, domestic abuse charities including The Women's Aid Federation and Solace Women's Aid said that the award was “insulting” and disrespectful to survivors of abuse. 

Sophie Francis-Cansfield of Women's Aid stated: "When a perpetrator is celebrated, allowing them to continue to garner success and public approval suggests that abuse is acceptable and does not matter.” 

Spain’s Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media also spoke out against the decision, with president Cristina Andreu stating: “This speaks very badly of the festival and its leadership, and transmits a terrible message to the public: ‘It doesn’t matter if you are an abuser as long as you are a good actor.’”

In response to the backlash, José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastian Film Festival, issued a statement defending the festival’s decision to honor Depp with the award:

“In these present times, when lynching on social media is rife, we will always defend two basic principles which form part of our culture and of our body of laws: that of the presumption of innocence and that of the right to reintegration … According to the proven data which we have to hand, Johnny Depp has not been arrested, charged nor convicted of any form of assault or violence against any woman.”

Reception to the award announcement was mixed on social media, with some Twitter users condemning the choice while many expressed support for Depp.

During the three-week libel trial lasting between July 7-28, 2020, Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis, both with whom Depp was formerly in a long-term relationship, provided statements in Depp's defense. Ryder wrote, "The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved. I cannot wrap my head around these accusations." Paradis maintained that Heard’s domestic abuse allegations were "nothing like the true Johnny I have known, and from my personal experience of many years, I can say he was never violent or abusive to me."

Depp's former security chief, Sean Bett, accused Heard of physically and verbally abusing Depp. Bett defended Depp in July 2018 with a written statement: "Throughout the course of Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard's relationship, Ms. Heard was verbally and physically abusive towards Mr. Depp." He claimed, "On many occasions, I witnessed her shout at Mr. Depp. I was also told by Mr. Depp on multiple occasions that Ms. Heard had physically abused him ... Ms. Heard often behaved in this way when she had been drinking. I learned quickly to recognize the signs, so that we were able to leave the situation before it escalated further."

Amber Heard’s former assistant Kate James—who was fired in January 2015—provided witness testimony in July 2018 that Heard considered herself "above the law," referencing the incident in 2015 when Depp and Heard deliberately smuggled two Yorkshire terriers into Australia.

In January of 2020, a 2015 phone call recording was released in which Heard admits to 'hitting' Depp, supporting his claims that she had physically abused him.

In response to Judge Andrew Nicol’s refusing Depp permission to appeal the libel case, the hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp began trending on Twitter in August 2021, with fans vocally supporting Depp despite the conviction.

Although it has not been confirmed whether Disney will remove Depp from future films in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, fans preemptively organized a petition in November 2020 demanding that Disney keep Depp’s long-running character, Captain Jack Sparrow, in the series; the petition has since gathered nearly 650,000 signatures. In the comments, many fans explained why they had signed the petition.

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Fans continued to vocally support Depp, with the hashtag #HappyBirthdayJohnnyDepp trending on Twitter on June 9, 2021.

As a result of domestic abuse accusations from ex-wife Amber Heard, Depp was asked to resign from his upcoming role as Grimwauld in the “Fantastic Beast” series. He announced his resignation in an Instagram post on November 6, 2018. Per his “play-or-pay” contract for the film, Warner Bros. still paid Depp’s full salary ($10 million), despite only having filmed one scene. On November 25, 2018, Warner Bros. announced that the role of Grimwauld would be played by Mads Mikkelsen in “Fantastic Beasts 3.