Johnny Depp Says Hollywood’s Boycotting Him Now That He Misplaced His “Spouse-Beater” Lawsuit

Johnny Depp has given his first interview since dropping a libel swimsuit over the “wife-beater” label. Atsushi Tomura/Getty Photographs

In 2020, a choose dominated that British tabloid The Solar‘s description of Johnny Depp as a “wife-beater” in a 2018 story was “considerably true” within the actor’s libel case in opposition to the outlet. The Mortdecai actor is working to overturn the ruling whereas he awaits for his $50 million defamation swimsuit in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard, who accused him of abuse in a 2018 Washington Publish op-ed, to go to trial subsequent April. Within the meantime, he’s bemoaning his shrinking alternatives inside Hollywood circles in his first interview since dropping his libel swimsuit.

In an interview with The Sunday Instances, Depp mentioned what he claims to be “Hollywood’s boycott of me” whereas dancing round his case and his relationship with Heard, which he isn’t legally permitted to talk about publicly. The actor has been attempting to advertise his upcoming movie Minamata, wherein he performs real-life photographer W. Eugene Smith. However he doesn’t consider the movie is receiving the eye or advertising push it ought to as a result of his very public current private life.

Over the course of courtroom proceedings, Heard testified to years of alleged abuse by Depp, saying that he “explicitly threatened to kill me many occasions, particularly later in our relationship.” She additionally mentioned that he had hit each her and her sister, Whitney, and threatened to throw Whitney down stairs, amongst different tales. In all, Heard detailed 14 events of alleged assault by Depp.

Following its premiere within the U.Okay. and Eire, Minamata doesn’t but have a U.S. launch date. “Some movies contact individuals,” Depp instructed The Sunday Instances. “And this impacts these in Minamata and individuals who expertise comparable issues. And for something … for Hollywood’s boycott of me? One man, one actor in an disagreeable and messy state of affairs, over the past variety of years?” He mentioned he’s “shifting in the direction of the place I must go to make all that…to deliver issues to mild.”

In November 2020, Depp resigned from Warner Bros.’ Improbable Beasts franchise on the request of the studio. Previous to that, the studio in addition to director David Yates and screenwriter/creator J.Okay. Rowling had publicly supplied their assist for the actor in 2017. Depp described his present place in Hollywood as an “absurdity of media arithmetic.”

“No matter I’ve gone via, I’ve gone via,” he mentioned. “However, in the end, this specific area of my life has been so absurd…”

Depp additionally thanked his followers for his or her assist.

“They’ve all the time been my employers. They’re all our employers. They purchase tickets, merchandise. They made all of these studios wealthy, however they forgot that a very long time in the past. I definitely haven’t,” Depp mentioned.

Depp will subsequent lend his voice to the upcoming mobile-first animated sequence Puffins.