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Agent: Johnny Depp Was to Have Earned $22.5 Mn for 'Pirates' 6

Agent: Johnny Depp Was to Have Earned $22.5 Mn for 'Pirates' 6

Tuesday, 3 May, 2022 - 04:45
Actor Johnny Depp. AP

Johnny Depp was to have been paid $22.5 million for a sixth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie but the project was scrapped by Disney after his ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of domestic abuse in a Washington Post op-ed, the actor's agent said Monday.

Jack Whigham, testifying on behalf of Depp at the celebrity couple's high-profile defamation trial in Virginia, said the Post op-ed was "catastrophic" for Depp's Hollywood career.

"After the op-ed it was impossible to get him a studio film," Whigham told the seven-person jury hearing the case in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Whigham, who has been Depp's agent since 2016, said that a deal had been reached with Disney for the actor to appear as Captain Jack Sparrow in a sixth installment of the lucrative "Pirates" franchise.

"We closed the deal on $22.5 million," he said.

But Disney decided to go in a "different direction" following the December 2018 publication of the op-ed in the Post, Whigham said.

"I successfully made contact with them, but I was not successful in rescuing Pirates for Johnny," he said.

Depp filed a defamation case against Heard over the column she wrote for the Post in which she described herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse."

The 36-year-old Heard, who had a starring role in "Aquaman," never named the 58-year-old Depp but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.

The Texas-born Heard countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered "rampant physical violence and abuse" at his hands.

Depp has denied ever being physically abusive towards Heard and has claimed at the trial that she was the one who was frequently violent.

Whigham, under cross-examination by Heard's lawyers, said the agreement with Disney on Depp's compensation for another "Pirates" movie was "verbal" and there was no signed contract.

"There was an understanding of what the deal was going to be," he said.

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