The legal battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard began in 2015, when the actress requested a restraining order for the actor for alleged domestic violence, but their problems have escalated to lead to multiple lawsuits. This situation has had a different effect on the professional life of each one, because while Amber Heard remains in several of her projects such as ‘Aquaman’; Johnny Depp has said goodbye to several important contracts.
One of the former Hollywood couple’s many legal problems stems from Amber Heard’s article for The Washington Post, titled, ‘I spoke out against sexual violence and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.’ In said text, the protagonist of ‘The Stand’ spoke about the violence that she experienced with Johnny Depp and the way in which society responded to it.
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The publication of said article and the story he already had with Amber Heard, Disney decided to fire him from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, which bears his face as a watermark. And two years later, he was also forced to “give up” the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ saga of ‘Harry Potter’, because he had lost the lawsuit he filed against The Sun for describing him as a “wife beater” when referring to him in an article about both performers.
While Johnny Depp lost two of the biggest contracts of his acting career, not to mention other ties he has lost due to all the controversy; Amber Heard has not experienced the same legal repercussions as the protagonist of ‘Edward Scissorhands’. The actress has not been affected in her professional career, not even by the multiple campaigns that have been made on social networks by fans of the interpreter of Jack Sparrow, to get her fired from ‘Aquaman’.
However, none of the collections of signatures and hashtags on social networks against Mera’s interpreter have managed to have a consequence on the contracts and job opportunities she has so far, although she has complained about the situation in more of an occasion.
The different treatment of Warner Bros to Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
One of the aspects that surround the controversy of the actors is the way in which Warner Bros has dealt with it: giving different treatment to each of the actors. This production house is responsible for the saga of ‘Harry Potter’ and, therefore, of ‘Fantastic Animals’; as well as all the productions that correspond to DC Comics, including that of ‘Aquaman’.
In other words, WB took a position in the production and decided that Johnny Depp should leave ‘Fantastic Animals: Dumbledore’s Secrets’, as well as the rest of the films expected from the spin off; while Amber Heard continues with her mere role in ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’, the sequel to the film about the superhero of the ocean.
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So far, the company hasn’t given a public stance on why they fired Johnny Depp and kept Heard on their roof; but the mere actions make the public speculate that it is to maintain an image in which they “support” women victims of violence. However, none of this has been confirmed and it is possible that the company will refrain from giving a position with the defamation trial underway.
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