Uncertain and complex fates: what happened to Johnny Depp and Amber Heard after the verdict of the trial

Nearly two weeks after the revelation of the judgment that settled the tumultuous lawsuit for defamation faced by the actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heardbecause of an article published in the Washington Post, The two protagonists seek to get out of the costly legal battle. In the decision, it was established that the actress must pay Depp $10.4 million in damages and that she will receive $2 million for winning a point in her countersuit.

Depp, winner of the lawsuit when his thesis that Heard defamed him was recognized, wasted no time in having a mass bath. Before the verdict is read He performed at a show by guitarist Jeff Beck, with whom he has a close relationship. After the judgement, he accompanied him in his presentations at the Royal Albert Hall and even played no less than eight songs in other of his shows, including his version of insulationJohn Lennon’s original theme.

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The Beck/Depp partnership isn’t just on stage. During one of the post-verdict shows, the star of Pirates of the Caribbean announced the release of an album signed by the two. “I met this guy five years ago and we haven’t stopped laughing since. In fact, we made an album. I don’t know how it happened. It will be released in July.”

It looks like Depp was in the mood to celebrate the rockstar plan. After a presentation in Birmingham, he closed an Indian restaurant, just for his team. Reports from international portals detail that the actor arrived with a retinue of 20 people and they ate various dishes.

At that time, the actor was also present on the TikTok platform, where in a short time he had already accumulated 14 million followers. His first message was precisely addressed to his fans, who bravely accompanied him during the trial and even came to the Fairfax court on the day of the reading of the judgment. “We walked the same path together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared. And now we’re all going to move forward together. You are, as always, my employers and again I have no other way to say thank you than to say thank you. So thank you. My love and respect, JD,” he wrote.

Beyond his reunion with the fans, his court victory gave Depp a second wind in the industry. Because of this, it’s been speculated that he could reprise one of his most famous roles on the big screen. A few days ago, People magazine spoke with a former director of Disney – his name has not been revealed – one that ensures your return to a fresh slice of Pirates of the Caribbean it is clearly doable. “I absolutely believe that after the verdict, the saga unfolds with Johnny as Captain Jack Sparrow back on board.” Although his last premiere, The Minamata photographerhad mixed reviews, there’s still no clarity on an upcoming film project.

Meanwhile, Depp must prepare to return to court, this time because of an alleged assault lawsuit against producer Gregg “Rocky” Brooks. He claims that Depp hit him on April 13, 2017, while recording outside the Barclay Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, for the film city ​​of lies. It is expected that the actor will be able to speak on July 25, although international media assure that the team of lawyers who defended him in the lawsuit against his ex-wife will repeat; Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez.

For her part, Amber Heard has been keeping a low profile since the judgment. After his first reactions in which he regretted the jury’s verdict (which he described as “a setback for women”), his reactions were rather sporadic, but in these She supported her thesis that her story is that of a victim of domestic violence and therefore she has the right to tell it.

This is what he did in front of the aforementioned post from Johnny Depp when he arrived on TikTok. Through his representative, he released a small statement about it. “While Johnny Depp says he’s ‘moving on,’ women’s rights are going backwards. The message of the verdict for victims of domestic violence is: ‘be afraid to get up and speak out’”.

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His future work is also uncertain. His participation in the second part of Aquaman, in which she plays Mera, was in doubt due to rumors that she would be taken off screen. The only concrete thing is that the same actress had claimed that her acting time in the film (10 minutes) had been cut in half due to damage to her image resulting from Depp’s lawsuit.

However, the decision appears to have been overturned. The international media ensure that after meetings between executives of Warner and DC Comics, it was decided not only to maintain Heard’s participation, but also to increase his total screen time, from 10 to 20 minutes. The truth will be known on the day of the film’s premiere, scheduled for March 17, 2023.

But after almost two weeks, Amber Heard gave her first interview. He did it for the NBC television channel, which will air it in two parts this Tuesday and Wednesday. In preview, he specifies that he understands why the jury decided to favor Depp: “I don’t blame them. I really get it. He’s a beloved character and people feel like they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.”

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He also spoke about the reactions against him generated on social networks. “I don’t care what you think of me or what judgments you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home, in my marriage, behind closed doors.. I don’t assume the average person should know such things. So I don’t take it personally.”

However, she feels that the treatment she received on social media was unfair. “But even someone who’s sure I deserve all this hate and vitriol, even if you think I’m lyingYou still couldn’t look me in the eye and tell me you think there was fair representation on social media. You can’t tell me you think it was right.”

The unexpected protagonist of the trial was the lawyer Camille Vásquez, who was part of Johnny Depp’s team, as a specialist in defamation trials. His charisma and his acerbic questions to the testimony of Amber Heard, in order to find inconsistencies in his testimony, have been viralized on social networkswhere his name began to gain increasing fame.

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Following the trial, she gained significant professional recognition by being promoted within the law firm where she works, Brown Rudnick. “Historically, we would reserve these announcements for the end of our fiscal year. But Camille’s performance at Johnny Depp’s trial showed the world she’s ready to take the next step now. We are incredibly proud of her and look forward to what she will accomplish as a new partner,” William Baldiga, the law firm’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

The lawyer is the daughter of a Colombian and a Cuban. After the trial, he gained notoriety and gave a few interviews in which he delved into his Latin roots. In a conversation with Univisión, she mentioned a curious fact that links her to Chilean pop culture. “My dad worked at Hilton hotels and I (with my sister) grew up in a hotel… We didn’t (seen) the fat and skinnybut if Giant Saturday and Don Francisco.

In the same interview, in addition, she took charge of a rumor that linked her to Depp. She categorically rejected him. “He’s my friend, but he’s my client first, and he was going through something very difficult and I really love my clients, and I’m Hispanic. I like hugging and touching people…no kisses , but I give him a hug because he needed it”.

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