The 57-year-old announced Friday that he was leaving the Fantastic Beasts franchise after a judge ruled that the Sun newspaper justified Depp in terms of headlines as a ‘wife-bitter’.
In a high-profile defamation trial, Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Harde, testified that she was attacked 12 times by the star during their relationship, which began in 2013.
And media lawyers have claimed that a possible career for Depp was the end of the career in this case.
Media lawyer Mark Stephen said: ‘This is devastating for Depp. It is now toxic. He will always be known as Wife Bitter, an alcoholic and a drug addict. It will be written on its main stone. ‘
Steven Heffer, head of media and privacy at Law & Firm Collier Bristol, too Said the mail That ‘Depp’s strategy was high-risk and proved to be a complete disaster’.
Heffer suggested that public denial would have been a better approach, and said of the defamation trial: ‘Unfortunately for Depp, he is likely to make the final decision of his career. This means that the future of other legal actions is uncertain. ‘
Depp is suing Hurd for defamation in a 50 50 million lawsuit in Virginia, USA, with a hearing scheduled for next year.
Stephens of law firm Howard Kennedy said earlier Depp’s trial against Sun will be a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the lawsuit and the damage to the British court is likely to hurt Stateside as well.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star expressed his intention to appeal Justice Nicole’s ruling last week, as he confirmed that Warner Bros. had asked him to resign from the role of Gallet Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
In a handwritten statement shared on social media, Depp said: ‘First, I want to thank everyone who has given me their support and loyalty.
‘I have been humbled by the many messages of your love and concern, especially over the last few days.
‘Second, I want to let you know that I have been asked by Warner Bros. to resign from the role of Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have honored and agreed to that request.
‘Finally, I want to say this. The court’s surrealistic ruling in the UK will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal.
‘My resolve is strong and I believe the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment of time. ‘
Depp had already shot scenes for the third installment in the franchise, which will be a five-movie series.
In response to Depp’s statement, a spokeswoman for the women’s assistant said: ‘The allegations of domestic abuse were very serious.
‘The judge ruled that Depp had abused Prasanna Hurd 12 times, and ruled that, as Depp says in a text, she had‘ no mercy ’for him.
‘It’s important that this is not reduced or denied in any way.’
With shooting set to begin early next year, it’s not yet clear who will be recalled as Grindelwald.
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