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Depp’s Team Blocked Evidence Of Disney’s Frustration With His Behavior—Docs

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Johnny Depp is pictured in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022. He is pictured inset as Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean." Details about Disney's dissatisfaction with his alleged behavior on the set of the fifth "Pirates" movie have been unveiled in unsealed court documents. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES;/DISNEY

Johnny Depp‘s team blocked evidence of Disney‘s frustration with his behavior on the set of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, according to recently unsealed court documents.

After several years of success portraying lead character Captain Jack Sparrow in the hit film franchise, Depp reprised his role for a final time in 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, before he was dropped the following year.

Depp’s loss of the lucrative role served as an influencing factor in his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, who he sued for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post, in which she said she was a domestic abuse survivor.

Following a high-profile trial in Fairfax, Virginia, the jury in June found that Heard had, indeed, defamed Depp and awarded him more than $10 million. Depp was ordered to pay $2 million to Heard—who had counter-sued for $100 million—for defaming her via comments made by his attorney Adam Waldman.

As both parties appeal the verdicts against them, details of pre-trial documents, showing information and details that attorneys for each star had attempted to submit into evidence but did not get approved or were deemed inadmissible by the judge, have been revealed.

One such detail is a claim by Heard’s team that those representing Depp in the case had blocked evidence of Disney’s frustration with his lateness while shooting Pirates 5 and allegedly being “drunk and stoned” during a TV appearance.

Heard’s team states in the documents that in the lead-up to the trial, Depp’s paralegal “produced an unidentified document production with password protection, labeled DEPP017, leaving out Ms. Heard’s primary paralegal in the case, and did not disclose it was related to the then in-progress deposition of [Depp’s former agent] Tracey Jacobs.”

The statement continues that Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, “who was already in the process of deposing Ms. Jacobs, did not become aware of this production during the deposition, and even if she had, could not reasonably have read, much less marked and then used these documents.

“Yet Mr. Depp’s counsel Mr. [Ben] Chew—who represented Mr. Depp in BOTH of the prior depositions, had already reviewed these transcripts and prepared them and related attached documents for Mr. Depp’s use in the deposition. Had Ms Heard had the same opportunity, she would have been able to elicit highlight relevant and damaging information.”

Among the alleged issues said to have been missed out as a result were Depp’s “serious and worsening drug and alcohol use, lateness and not showing up at all in filming, and movie studios’ unhappiness with Mr. Depp.”

 

Amber Heard is pictured in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 27, 2022. Heard was sued by her ex-husband Johnny Depp ex-wife after she wrote an op-ed piece in “The Washington Post” in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse.
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As well as alleging that “Mr. Depp’s actions hurt Mr. Depp’s career,” the statement continued that the actor “appeared on TV drunk and stoned, to the point that Disney studio executives called Ms. Jacobs asking ‘What the hell was wrong with your client?’

“These same issues appeared during the filming of Pirates 5, and Disney told Ms. Jacobs the conduct was not ‘going to be tolerated,’ Disney was ‘not going to put up with this,’ and that ‘there was no love between Johnny and Disney, given the Piratesfive situation.'”

While testifying at the trial, Depp said that he felt “betrayed” by Disney when he was dropped from his role in the hugely successful movie franchise.

He said: “Having added much of myself, much of my own rewriting, the dialogue, the scenes, the jokes, I didn’t quite understand how after that long relationship and quite a successful relationship with Disney that… suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent.”

Jacobs, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory star’s former agent, contradicted Depp’s claims that the article led to a downturn in his career during video testimony at Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court.

The entertainment professional said that while Depp was shooting the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, he would regularly show up to the film set late. She also alleged that industry executives became “reluctant to use him” in films.


Amber Heard are pictured together in Venice, Italy, on September 4, 2015. The stars announced their split in 2016.
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Under questioning from Heard’s attorney Bredehoft, Jacobs answered in the affirmative when asked if Depp “glorified drug culture.”

Jacobs also said that the same applied to his anger issues, which, according to Jacobs, “worsened over time.”

Later, Jacobs added of Depp: “His star had dimmed due to it getting harder to get to jobs, due to the reputation he had acquired due to his lateness and other things.”

After being asked what those other things were, Jacobs said: “Just, you know, people were talking and the question was out there about his behavior.”

When asked whether that behavior included alcohol and drug use, Jacobs answered affirmatively.

While the testimony was not favorable to Depp, Jacobs said that she had never seen the actor hit a woman. She also said that she never saw evidence of abuse on Heard.

Depp parted ways with Jacobs back in 2016, following litigation between the actor and his former managers Joel and Robert Mandel. Depp had alleged that Jacobs was among those who had betrayed his best interests.

A representative for Depp recently refuted reports that the actor was returning to the Pirates franchise.

During the defamation trial, Depp himself stated he would not return to Pirates.

While on the stand, Depp was asked by Heard’s attorney Ben Rottenborn if he would work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film in the future.

Rottenborn said: “The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film? Correct?”

“That is true, Mr. Rottenborn,” Depp said in response.

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Johnny Depp is the most searched celebrity of 2022, not Amber Heard; the CelebTattler report might be wrong

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard became the most searched celebrities of 2022, according to Google Trends and CelebTattler.

The ex-couple took over the Internet from April to June, and people all over the world flooded the live stream on YouTube to see the first time an A-list celebrity court drama.

CelebTattler claims that Amber Heard is the most searched celebrity of 2022 and Johnny Depp is in second place, but we did our own research and found that Johnny Depp is the most searched celebrity in the U.S. and not Amber Heard according to Google Trends.

Amber Heard never came close to reaching Johnny Depp via Google search.

not in the past 12 months,

not in the past 90 days,

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not in the past 30 days

Johnny Depp won the trial and was awarded $15 million, while Amber Heard reaped $2 million. Both actors are back once again to face each other as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard challenge the jury’s decision.

Depp was found guilty on one count, and Amber Heard was found guilty on three counts.

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Johnny Depp supports solar energy: Depp has transformed his island into a self-Sustained oasis ran on hydrogen solar cells

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Whether he’s buying a private island or solar hydrogen technology, Johnny Depp is living off the grid. The actor has a $3 million private island. Depp converted his 35-acre island to solar hydrogen technology, comparing it to Marlon Brando’s Tahitian paradise. The Depp Solar Power Home is a beautiful example of how solar energy can help the actors save money.
A yacht is just one of Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp’s extravagant purchases. Photo: @jwoods1996/Instagram
A yacht is just one of Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp’s extravagant purchases. Photo: @jwoods1996/Instagram

He has five Hollywood Hills homes worth US$19 million

According to Hello!, Depp owns five neighbouring homes that he decided to turn into one huge private compound in the posh Hollywood Hills, collectively covering an area of 7,430 sq ft.

The largest mansion is worth over US$19 million and boasts eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, and the interior design is reportedly classic 1920s gothic. In total, all of the houses together add up to almost 40 bedrooms, according to Squareyards.com.

In 2021, an intruder broke into Depp’s mansion and reportedly took a shower and made himself a drink inside before the police came to root him out. And that wasn’t the first time someone tried to break into houses on the estate. Just a few months prior, in late 2020, a woman had also tried to break in, but fled when she realised she’d triggered the security system.

Johnny Depp’s Hollywood Hills mega mansion is decked out in gothic style. Photo: AP
Johnny Depp’s Hollywood Hills mega mansion is decked out in gothic style. Photo: AP

Depp bought the main house, which is nestled in a 1.6-hectare (four-acre) eucalyptus grove, for just US$1.8 million back in 1995. There were also reports suggesting the actor planned to build a connecting underground tunnel linking all of the properties together, but that is yet to be confirmed.

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Man Discovers He’s Johnny Depp’s Twin After Shaving Beard: ‘Deppelganger’

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A New York man bearing an uncanny resemblance to Johnny Depp has gone viral on Reddit.

Bronson Fuentes is a photographer and videographer by trade, but it’s his own picture that is attracting attention online after he posted a “Depp’s doppelgänger” selfie.

The idea that there’s a stranger who looks just like you, somewhere on the planet, is the stuff of stories. In reality, it’s thought to be extraordinarily rare. A 2015 study by scientists at the University of Adelaide estimated that there’s only a 1 in 135 chance that a single pair of exact doppelgängers exists in the entire world.

Fuentes began to draw Depp comparisons sometime “around 2010,” he told Newsweek. He even recalled the first time. “I was walking through the halls at college and some random dude stopped me and exclaimed: ‘Whoa! Has anyone ever told you that you looked like Johnny Depp?’ I was confused at first but thanked him anyway. It just kind of snowballed from there.”

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The picture Bronson Fuentes shared to Reddit – many were quick to note the striking similarities with Depp.BRONSON FUENTES/REDDIT

Although he admitted to being flattered by the comparison, he tried “not to pay too much attention to it” and got on with his life. “I don’t try to go out of my way to look like another human,” he said. “Although, one year I dressed up as a pirate for Halloween and lots of people were almost freaked out about how much I resembled Captain Jack Sparrow.”

Fuentes said he decided to take things a step further during Depp’s high-profile court battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

“I literally was just bored one day and thought to myself, ‘Hmm… I wonder if I shaved my facial hair like him, if I would actually see it for myself.’ I never really saw it before I shaved.”

The results were “certainly a surprise,” he said. Even more surprising was the reaction when he posted the image on Reddit. The image racked up about 10,000 interactions, with one fan dubbing him a “Deppelgänger” and another calling him “Johnny Depp’s stunt double.”

One Redditor wrote: “At first glance, I thought it was Johnny.”

Another posted: “A little eyeliner and you are there bro. This will simplify Halloween for the foreseeable future.”

This being the internet, there were plenty of Redditors ready to offer jokey takes. “He looks like the Johnny Depp from Wish,” quipped one. Another suggested that Fuentes “looks like Johnny’s brother Ronnie” and a third said he was more like “Johnny Derp.”

Multiple commenters said he looks more like Scream actor Skeet Ulrich.

Despite the online doubters, Fuentes said that in real life, he’s had plenty of instances of mistaken identity since he trimmed his facial hair.

“I went to my local liquor store with it shaved and my guy who always takes care of me had to do a triple take when looking at me at first, which was hilarious,” he said. “The drive-thru getting coffee was funny too. The guy giving me my drink freaked out at first thinking he was giving coffee to Johnny Depp.”

Although the jury was, quite literally, out on Depp at the time of writing, Fuentes sees the similarity as more of a blessing than a curse. “I’ll take what I can get in the looks department as I’m not a vain man,” he said. “I wish Johnny the best of luck in his trial.”

In any case, his focus remains fixed on his photo and video production company, Gjallarhorn Productions, as well as his girlfriend and two cats with whom he lives in Upstate New York. “I’m huge into nature and animals and really aspire to shoot for National Geographic someday,” he said. “I like to think I was set here on this earth to spread positivity.

“There’s lots of hate and horrible things going on in this world. It’s very easy to lose sight of all the beautiful things around us and I just want to showcase that to as many people as possible. If I can make someone smile at least once a day, I can sleep well at night.”

He may not have planned it like this, but this one picture has already made a few people smile.

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