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Johnny Depp was going to earn 21.4 million euros for “Pirates of the Caribbean 6”

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A Johnny Depp they were going to pay him 22.5 million dollars (21.38 million euros) for a sixth film of “Pirates of the Caribbean“, but after his ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of gender violenceDisney scrapped the project, the actor’s agent explained on Monday.

Jack Whigham, who testified by video in a courtroom outside Washington, where a high-profile trial between the ex-spouses has been going on for three weeks, said that Heard’s column in the ‘Washington Post’ was “catastrophic” for Depp’s career in Hollywood.

“After the opinion piece it was impossible to get him a studio film”Whigham told the seven-person jury hearing the case in Virginia court.

Whigham, Depp’s agent since 2016, said that an agreement had been reached with Disney for the actor to return to play Captain Jack Sparrow in a sixth installment of the lucrative “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. “We closed the deal at $22.5 million,” he recounted.

But Disney decided to go in a “different direction” following the December 2018 publication of Heard’s opinion piece in the Post, Whigham said. “I contacted them successfully, but I couldn’t get the part in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ for Johnny,” she said.

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Depp sued Heard for defamation by the column she wrote for the Post, in which she described herself as a “public figure who represents gender-based violence.”

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Heard, 36, who had a leading role in the film “Aquaman,” never named depp58, but the actor sued her for insinuate that he was an abuser and claims $50 million in damages.

The Texas-born Heard countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “unbridled physical violence and abuse” at his hands. Depp has denied physically abusing Heard and claimed at trial that she was the one who was frequently violent in the relationship.

Whigham, questioned by Heard’s lawyers, said the agreement with Disney over compensation for Depp for a new “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie was “verbal” and that there was no signed contract. “There was an understanding of what the deal was going to be,” he explained.

“For your safety”

Whigham also detailed the depp compensation for other films he made in 2017. He said he received $8 million for “City of Lies,” $10 million for “Murder on the Orient Express,” and $13.5 million for “Fantastic Beasts.”

In 2018, “wanted to take some time for him” and made “only” two independent films in the fall: “The Professor” for $3.5 million and “Waiting for the Barbarians” for $1 million, Whigham added.

In January 2019, he was to be paid $3 million for a movie called “Minamata,” the agent said. But “it was very, very difficult to sustain the project,” Whigham said. “Financing became shaky, the budget had to be cut, Johnny’s cache was lowered to save the movie.”

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Travis McGivern, a member of Depp’s security team, also testified Monday. McGivern said that he was present at an argument between the couple in their Los Angeles penthouse during which Heard punched Depp in the face, threw a can of Red Bull at him and spat on him.

The bodyguard said he escorted Depp “for his safety.” “My job is to ensure the safety and well-being of my clients,” he said. “It was time to do my job and get him out of there.”

Depp introduced the defamation lawsuit in the United States after losing a London libel case in November 2020 that he brought against UK tabloid The Sun for calling him a “wife beater”. The actor sued his publishers in a lawsuit that exposed his drug and alcohol abuse.

Deppthree-time Oscar nomineeand Heard met in 2009 on the set of the movie “Diario de un seducer” (The Rum Diary) and married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.

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