THR: Johnny Depp is ‘radioactive,’ ‘he’s just never been told no for 35 years’

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Well, well. The new issue of the Hollywood Reporter is all about the downfall of Johnny Depp. In November, Depp lost his libel case against the Sun and a British court affirmed, definitively, that Depp is a “wife beater” who physically abused Amber Heard. Soon after, Warner Bros dumped him from the Fantastic Beasts franchise, and Depp still refuses to drop or settle any of his other lawsuits. He’s persona non grata at every major studio, and his most of his professional allies have run for the hills. THR picks over the carcass of his life and career, spilling some tea about how Depp fell so far. You can read the full piece here (it’s dishy, tragic and infuriating) and here are some highlights:

What went wrong: “He’s just never been told no for the past 35 years. That’s typical in Hollywood. But I’ve never seen it to this extent.”

In addition to smearing Amber to his friends, Depp smeared her professionally: It also appears that Depp attempted to interfere with the career of Heard. “I want her replaced on the WB film,” he wrote to his sister, producer Christi Dembrowski, who previously had a deal with the studio and was influential there. During the trial, he admitted that this was a reference to the Warner Bros. film Aquaman, in which Heard starred.

Depp has a Trump-like cult of personality around him: “He has suffered immense reputational carnage from a reckless set of choices that has left him in septic muck,” says Eric Schiffer, a crisis PR rep whose clients include a number of high-profile Hollywood and sports figures. “Can he come out of that? It really comes down to Johnny’s choices. He still has a fan base that in many ways is like Donald Trump’s with their emotional intensity and commitment to a star icon. It’s not based around principles. It’s about charisma and their identification of the range of characters that he’s played.”

He’s radioactive with studios: “You simply can’t work with him now,” says one studio head. “He’s radioactive.” One studio executive who has worked with Depp in recent years says his inner demons had long ago bled into his professional life, making him “a huge liability” thanks to frequent tardiness and costly behavior, all cataloged in the U.K. suit. “The discovery that came out in that trial alone would be enough to scare any studio,” says the executive.

Jerry Bruckheimer isn’t in his corner anymore: Disney had already backed away from a Pirates future with Depp well before the U.K. trial, even if it never formally severed ties. Bruckheimer, who has been one of Depp’s biggest champions and once suggested the finger injury happened because “he got it caught in a car door,” was hoping to at least bring the Captain Jack Sparrow character back briefly in the next outing — said to be a female-centric incarnation fronted by Margot Robbie. Disney balked. Insiders say Depp’s relationship with Bruckheimer has frayed in recent months. Sources say the actor was poised to play the iconic illusionist Harry Houdini in a Bruckheimer-produced high-end production… But the defamation ruling may have made his casting untenable.

His lawyer Adam Waldman: Waldman is a handsome Washington lawyer with his own sheen of controversy given a clientele that has included Russian oligarchs and Julian Assange. Waldman, who is married to Berlin-based jet-setter and luxury skin-care entrepreneur Barbara Sturm, conducts himself in an unorthodox manner, mocking his legal opponents on Twitter. Sources say Depp met Waldman through Saudi Arabian Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the country’s powerful minister of energy, in summer 2016. (Depp spent time aboard the prince’s megayacht in the past.) Waldman quickly became a Svengali figure in Depp’s life, with the actor axing most of his inner circle. “Never mind Svengali. He’s Depp’s Rasputin,” says one insider.

Depp went on a suing spree: “The abuse and drinking and drugging are one thing — certainly horrible — but then to top it off by going after the very people who were the closest business and personal relationships for years, shows a level of toxicity rarely seen,” says one industry figure who has faced off against Depp.

What???? Even before Waldman entered the picture, Depp was engaged in legal drama on all fronts, much of it playing out of the public eye. Sources say he paid his first wife, Lori Anne Allison, $1.25 million to keep quiet after he allegedly left a long ranting message in which he repeatedly used the N-word. The previously unreported settlement was accomplished using fictitious names to avoid scrutiny, with Richard Green serving as the stand-in for Johnny Depp.

Depp’s Bot Army: One of the perks a distributor can count on with Depp is his social media army of fans. They are among the most loyal and shrill on Twitter. They heap praise on the actor, eviscerate anyone associated with Heard, and have posted exclusive audio recordings of the couple fighting (albeit edited in a way that favors the actor). But many who have battled Depp question whether the army is real or high-end bots. Kaplan believes it’s a combination of the two, with bots amplifying what real fans post. “My firm is involved in a lot of controversial cases,” she says. “Our clients are suing the white supremacists and neo-Nazis responsible for the violence in Charlottesville. I have clients who are suing Donald Trump. But, by far, the one case [of ours] that has generated the greatest amount of hostile social media attacks is Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard. Not even close.”

[From THR]

There was stuff in this cover story which I hadn’t seen before, because I was not following the British case all that closely. Like, I didn’t know the details of Depp’s texts with Paul Bettany or his texts with Amber Heard’s former manager. Depp really did set out to destroy Amber, and it’s a wonder she didn’t sue HIM. Instead, she didn’t engage with his attempts to emotionally and financially abuse her. Yeah – I get that the point of this piece was “will Johnny Depp still have a career?” But the question should be: SHOULD Depp have a career? And the answer is no.

Actor Johnny Depp spotted at the High Court in London.

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  1. Amy Simpson says:

    There was definitely new and shocking stuff in this article. He is awful and I do wonder how many of his vocal “fans” online are paid bots. I mean, he spends so much on this ridiculous legal revenge campaign and wine, why not pay bots to scream how terrible Amber is online? Oh, and this makes me really dislike Paul Bettany, too. Yuck.

    • H says:

      No, he still has real live fans. After Depp lost the suit and WB dropped him, a friend posted horrible stuff about Amber Heard on FB. I responded that I would never see another movie with Depp in it, even though I HAD been a fan prior to the allegations. Friend defended him and said Amber basically deserved it. I’ve since muted her.

      • amiloo says:

        I got this reaction in a “That Relationship Sounds Exhausting” group on Facebook. For all the championing commenters do for the victims of all types of abuse, the ones I dealt with were team Johnny and spit in the general direction of evil abuser Heard. I was like 🤦‍♀️ seriously??!!??

    • Jules says:

      I think this article will be the final nail in the coffin of his career.

    • ThatsNotOkay says:

      And yet, he still gets paid for Fantastic Beasts. $16 million. Wish I could be this much of an entitled, self-absorbed, violent, abusive f*ck-up and still get paid ANY amount of money. #Whiteprivilege

    • Mtec says:

      The text exchange between him and Paul Bettany is seriously horrifying, even as a “joke.” I already thought Depp was a piece s*it, But I used to have a big crush on Bettany, that’s dead now.

      • Courtney B says:

        I hadn’t heard about the texts until a poster on here mentioned them awhile back. I looked them up and ack. They’re awful. Bettany should be glad they’re not getting wider play given WandaVision is in full PR mode given its release soon.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      That this article is in THR is pretty shocking in itself. It really shows how far he has fallen that a industry trade paper would confidently print about his downfall. It signals that he doesn’t have the boys club protecting him anymore.

    • StellainNH says:

      I just commented on an article about him. I only mentioned how I thought that Johnny needs to take time out and work on getting clean and to become more at peace. I didn’t mention anything else. A bunch jumped on me about Amber. Don’t know if they were real or bots. I don’t know if I can tell anymore.

  2. KinChicago says:

    I remember disgusted reading about him punching a set crew member and being horrified.
    He should have been arrested.
    Who allows that? Who encourages that? It is unprofessional, violently abusive and intolerable. There is no excuse.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I think that was a director on 21 Jump Street for which he was sacked from the show for – it was also the point when once he left the show no one would hire him, such was his awful rep. Tim Burton was the one who gave him the career he now enjoys when he cast him in Edward Scissorhands and suddenly all that bad behaviour was whitewashed.

    • detritus says:

      He also assaulted the location manager on City of Lies in 2017/18 and it was really hushed up.

      Depps PR team is crazy active

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Yes, he punched a crew member just recently. He’s a terrible person, and he’s been violent for decades.

      • lucy2 says:

        I think they tried to hush it up with an NDA, and the victim refused to sign – and got fired from the movie. He sued Depp, not sure how that turned out.

      • H says:

        @lucy2, in the article, it says the case is going to court.

  3. Redder says:

    His fan base really does resemble Trump supporters. They don’t care about facts, they just blindly follow a man who does not care about them. And harassing others while doing it.

    • lola says:

      His fans are fucking insane! They’re still convinced that Amber Heard is the devil and destroyed him.

    • Insomniac says:

      I saw a Depp stan on Twitter get very indignant about that comparison yesterday. “We’re NOT like Trump fans. We’re just very angry that the media maligns poor Johnny so unfairly and no one will tell the truth about his innocence.” Uh…

    • detritus says:

      Reddit is insane for that.
      I’ve got more hate mail posting about Depp and Heard compared to anything else. One group even decided to band together to harass me about it for commenting about it(thankfully short lived)

      • Otaku fairy says:

        Sorry you had to put up with that Darla. And yeah, having to clarify that one isn’t a Trumpster/conservative should sometimes be a sign that something is off. That some reflection and remorse may be called for. Especially if it’s a pattern.

      • Beenie says:

        I was going to say, Reddit is really the worst for this behaviour from what I’ve seen. I’m stating the obvious but the level of misogyny from the commenters defending Depp is off the charts. There is a viciousness against Amber that I really can’t think of any comparison too. Even Christine Blasey Ford had a **slightly** more nuanced take from these folks (which is saying something because a subsection of Reddit went after her like it was a blood sport).

      • Sigmund says:

        Yeah, I immediately thought of the bizarre fanaticism on reddit when I read this article. It’s unreal how many people (on totally unrelated subreddits) apparently believe that Amber abused him and Depp is innocent. I’m sure some are bots and paid accounts (because we know Depp does that) but clearly some of that also works to spread his message. VERY reminiscent of Trump and the intentional disinformation he spreads.

    • Mac says:

      Like Trump no one has ever said no to him or held him accountable. HIs demise is of his own making.

    • Nana says:

      Which is why the bot theory makes sense – for both DeppAnon (as he’s been called elsewhere) and TrumpAnon. They’re totally like bots and remind me of those lines from Terminator – they can’t be reasoned with, they don’t feel pity, they don’t feel remorse…..

    • lucy2 says:

      They are so much alike. SOOOOO much.

    • Julie says:

      Theres a clear overlap between his most vocal supporters and Trumpers. His crisis team has bundled his narrative along with anti MSM, anti Hollywood establishment and anti feminist discussions.

  4. Mia4s says:

    If you haven’t read the full piece yet, trust me and wait until you can sit down and take your time with it. Have a glass of wine or a cup of tea. It is WILD.

    • ravynrobyn says:

      Yup-horrifying yet fascinating 🤯

      ETA-I cannot BELIEVE this shite was going on during ’21 Jump St’. Hiding in plain sight. Greasy foul-teeth loser.

    • Eleonor says:

      I have read it…with a beer.
      He makes look Tom Cruise sane and reasonable.

  5. Case says:

    Yeah, strong notes of Trump in him. And he should be out of a job, just like Trump.

    It’s weird – I used love Johnny. He was weird and definitely always had some issues, but seemed down to earth and kind for the most part. I think at one point he may have really been that person. But drugs, alcohol, and sudden crazy fame and money from Pirates seemed to break him. What a waste of talent, but don’t let the door hit ya on the way out, Johnny.

    • lucy2 says:

      Same here. At one point, when he was with Vanessa and his kids were little, he seemed to be doing well, happy, healthy, etc, grown up from his past issues. Guess not.
      This has to be hard on his kids.

      • holly hobby says:

        What’s surprising was Vanessa defending him during the height of the Amber issues. Not sure if she never saw that side or what.

        He was always skeevy. I never liked him.

      • Angie says:

        I wonder if Vanessa had to show support for him so she continued to receive $ or the ability to stay in their home. Since they were never married, she wouldn’t have been able to force it legally.

      • Dollycoa says:

        I suspect she never saw that side of him. I think she kept him out of trouble while their kids were small and laid down the law, until he got bored of being on a tight leash and ran off with someone who allowed him to be as wild and drunk as he wanted. Ben Affleck did the same with Jennifer Garner. The problem with having children is that you then are tied to someone for the rest of your life. Id imagine if you have them with a drunk and a drug addict you have to keep them on a tight leash to protect your children but then all that person wants is to go off on a bender. When they do it, its a car crash.

    • bettyrose says:

      IDK. Back when he was badmouthing 21 Jump Street, I was just a kid, but even then I was like “dude, it’s a job – a better job than most people ever have.” In hindsight, even before he was a Hollywood power player, he was a pretty entitled.

  6. Prissa says:

    It’s amazing how much damage can be done to a person when those around them are not honest with them or coddle them. It can create a monster ego. It also prevents that person from being able to self reflect and correct detrimental behaviors.

    I know parents who raise their children this way – never telling them no, any mistakes the kids make are someone else’s fault. Basically their kids can do no wrong. I can’t imagine the terror these kids will become once they are teens / adults. Depp is a perfect example of this. It’s a shame.

  7. Izzy says:

    I just read the article. BONKERS.

    • LaUnicaAngelina says:

      I read it yesterday and it’s bananas. He’s such a disgusting, pitiful person. I was a huge fan but now I see a steaming hot pile of vomit when I look at hit face. What a downfall.

  8. Sunny says:

    Paul Bettany should not have a career either!

    Have you read his texts that he sent to Depp?

    Graphic, vulgar, violent, hateful, horrible—I am thoroughly disgusted with Paul Bettany.

    • lemonylips says:

      I have only now seen them. Utterly disgusted by them. Two grown men talking like that.

    • Darla says:

      ^^^

      This is something that really bugs. I was excited about WandaVision, like, REALLY excited. I rea those texts. I honestly don’t think I can bear looking at Bettany now. I’m so angry about this.

    • megs283 says:

      Ok. I’m a Paul Bettany fan so I’m possibly in denial here. But I’m reading it as he’s trying to acknowledge Depp’s text but turn it around to make it clear that Depp was over the line. Anyone else?

      • Keekey says:

        I also thought it seemed like Bettany was like “no, dude” and was trying to give Depp a graceful out to be like, “Oh, yeah, I was just joking” but Depp grossly doubled-down, instead. But, yeah, I’ve always loved Bettany so maybe I’m giving him too much credit.

    • Chaine says:

      All of the texts were printed in articles this summer while the trial was ongoing. Bettany comes across in them at best as a misogynist, a sycophant, and Depp-enabler, if not a co-conspirator in a vicious campaign to destroy her.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m now a little concerned for his own wife and children.

    • holly hobby says:

      Ugh Paul Bettany. He’s married to Jennifer Connelly. Disappointing.

  9. bonobochick says:

    You can definitely see his fanbase on twitter and it is… something. 🥴Interesting about the bots.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Oh yes – they are MAGAt level crazy with pretty much new hash tags defending him at least once week.

      • Darla says:

        Sometimes I feel like humanity’s epitaph will be

        “The Internet; it seemed like a good idea. At the time.”

      • Nana says:

        Darla, never were truer words spoken.

      • MaryContrary says:

        @Darla-ha! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at your remark but it is totally on point!

      • Golly Gee says:

        @Darla, The Internet started out as a wonderful magical thing and was so enjoyable, but people have to destroy, corrupt, and poison everything good and so it is with the Internet.

  10. Alexandria says:

    Yea this is how William and Trump grew up.

    • bettyrose says:

      It’s true. Telling a child that they are everything is hugely problematic. Telling a privileged white boy that is almost guaranteeing they will hurt others. I don’t recommend anyone be verbally abusive like my mom was, but it’s possible to build someone’s self-esteem without diminishing the humanity of others.

  11. Juju says:

    What stuck with me was the quote about the fact that the only action Amber ever took was to get a temporary restraining order so she could change her locks and stay safe… and all of the legal action since then has been Johnny seeking revenge for that action. My heart breaks for her and what she has been through.

  12. Darla says:

    Heard has been badly hurt by Depp’s army of toxic fans and the bots he pays for. If you go to ANY other site when an article is posted, you will see that the most anyone will say is, they’re BOTH shit people. I mean, there is zero defense of Heard and zero questioning of what Depp has put out here. It’s so disgusting.

    • lucy2 says:

      The bot thing is kind of fascinating, in a gross way. I clicked on a post about a project she is in, and almost every comment was some variation of the same wording about how they “were going to watch but not with her in it, you lost a customer” that kind of nonsense.

      • Darla says:

        Yeah they and he are trying to get her blacklisted. It may work. I don’t know. She’s in the upcoming The Stand miniseries, and I haven’t seen any sign she’ll be cut from Aquaman, but we’ll see. Anyone who goes near her is in for isht. She probably cannot text any man or even gf. She’s in a bad position.

  13. jbyrdku says:

    As someone that’s grown up watching his films (from Cry Baby on), this is just so, so, soooooooooo disappointing.

    • Nana says:

      Same @jb. I used to have one of the pics from his 1991 Rolling Stone article (with a drink in one hand, cigarette in the other) taped to my bedroom mirror along with postcards and treasured photos, for years. But it’s just all so horrendous, his treatment of so many people – the way he speaks about Amber Heard is straight out psychopathic.
      I have a bit of insight into addiction from a professional perspective, but the ‘no-one’s said no to him in 35 years’ theory is the one that makes most sense and explains so much.

  14. Mu says:

    T read the piece yesterday, and it is a good analysis for Depp state of mind, and I was hoping for CB and Kaiser take on this because (without taking out the seriousness of this of course), the article mention a lot of Depp former costars as former lovers. The say Keira Knigltley, Marion Cotillard, Angelina Jolie and other as his “exes”. They don’t say “onscreen lovers” or “costar” they say exes. I’m not a native english speaker, so I don’t know if I was missing something or I don’t understand the context or subtext.

    • H says:

      The only one I know of is Ellen Barkin, who was named in the suit. Depp basically said she was a bitter ex- f*ck buddy who wouldn’t leave him alone after he stopped speaking to her. I was like, boy, have you met Ellen, she don’t need you!

      Depp needs to go broke and get humble again (and get some extensive therapy). He goes on my no go list along with Mel Gibson, James Woods and Tom Cruise.

    • Julie says:

      I think Amber has subpoenad those conversations to counter his subpoena for her conversations with her male co-stars. Part of his strategy has been to paint her as promiscuous. So her strategy is that if a flirty text to a co-star harms her, the same should harm him.

  15. Gab says:

    This is so disappointing. When I was little I thought he was the handsomest guy on earth (and he was). He’s really destroyed himself.

  16. MaryContrary says:

    This also reminds me of Harvey Weinstein in that everyone knew about him, it had gone on for years, but he was totally enabled and covered for. Just disgusting.

  17. Bunny says:

    I read this yesterday, then went to look at the comments on THR’s Facebook page:
    The vast majority of commenters yesterday parroted the same lines about AH – she’s really the one at fault, not him. He wasn’t actually found guilty. He’s the good guy. My eyes rolled across the floor.
    The vast majority wrote in broken English and many said non-sensical things.
    The vast majority seem to be based outside the United States.
    I’m sure he has fans, but the number of bots in the mix is high.

    I can’t stand him at this point, and have added him to the Mel Gibson/Tom Cruise list: I won’t go to see his movies, won’t rent his movies, and refuse to watch them when date night rolls around.

  18. Stelly says:

    Some of the language he uses to describe Amber is so disgusting and demeaning. I found it hard to read. One of my old boyfriends was incredibly emotionally and verbally abusive as well and it took me years to escape. It was really triggering for me to read some of that stuff as I’m sure it is for a lot of women who’ve had similar experiences. I’m happy for Amber that she got away from him and seems to be trying to move on with her life. I think she didn’t sue him because she knew that any kind of engagement with him would have been harmful. At least it was like that for me, I had to cut all ties to get away and it was very hard. He harassed me for years. I wanted to respond so badly at times but knew that if I did it would only feed the fire. For me the only way to make it stop was to have zero communication. And eventually it did. But then, just last week I was driving my daughter to school and saw him standing on the street corner near my house and felt a pang of terror at the thought of him seeing me. I was stopped at a red light and put my scarf up to hide my face. I believe it was just a coincidence and he was not out looking for me. But still…it’s tough and the fear and bad feelings never really go away.

    • Chaine says:

      @Stelly I know exactly what you mean. I had the same kind of ex, had cut ties, harassment followed, had to move several times to shake him, and then years later I saw him at random in a park in a city 200 miles away from where we had lived together. Of course it was coincidence and he didn’t see me at all, but I was literally hiding behind the people I was with and begging to leave.

    • Jaded says:

      Been there too Stelly. I got on the subway one morning a couple of years after I pulled the plug on an abusive relationship, saw him at the other end of the car and got off that’s how terrified I was. It took me a LONG time to get over the emotional/mental abuse and gaslighting I suffered.

  19. molly says:

    I want him to (metaphorically) BURN. He got far, far too many professional chances when it was clear he’s an abusing lunatic. I hope Amber is sipping a drink and smirking somewhere today.

  20. Jen D says:

    Wow… just wow. It’s shocking, but then when you read about how many other things he’s done, you kind of realize that Hollywood must have known this for years. This is certainly not the most important part of the article, but this confused me: “Depp is obligated to produce “all responsive communications” with former romantic partners including Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley and Marion Cotillard“. Romantic partners? Just on film, or is this a mistake or a reveal? Anyways, I get that it’s not the point but my eyebrows were raised reading that…

    • Jules says:

      I was wondering about that as well… I can’t imagine Jolie putting up with him!

      • Jen D says:

        And Keira Knightly? They would have met when she was very very young. Please let them not have been together. As for Jolie, I thought they were friendly when they were in The Tourist together, but only in the sense that they had play dates with their kids (and had their partners of the time along as well).

      • AmelieB says:

        @Jen D just adding to the grossness, Keira Knightly was born in 1985. Amber Heard was born in 1986. She is just one year younger than Keira.

    • There’s also the situation of Winona Ryder pulling out of GodFather III while she was dating Depp. HE was the one who called in to tell them she’d had a nervous breakdown and wasn’t coming back…

      … then there is the real tragic story of Jennifer Grey who dated Depp. He constantly criticized her nose until she lost confidence in herself, developed a poor self-image, and had plastic surgery. Some say her nose-job ruined her career.

      • Darla says:

        Oh man I didn’t know that about Grey. Or about Ryder. Jesus.

      • Maxime duCamp says:

        Oh wow, I recalled the story being the WR had to pull out of Godfather III because she had pneumonia; was that the cover story for an alleged nervous breakdown?

    • Mu says:

      I was wondering the same thing

    • Coco says:

      I’d love to know how some of these women are reacting behind the scenes. Jolie is a mega-star, and Knightley and Cotillard are both A-list. Will they use their clout to pressure Depp to drop the lawsuit? I think he’s become so obsessed with the idea of revenge that nothing will stop him. I also wonder what his daughter, who is trying to establish herself, thinks. (According to IMDb, Lily Rose Depp and Keira Knightley are in an upcoming film together. Awkward.)

    • Kebbie says:

      That tidbit was odd. Three actresses he has worked with but never publicly dated? And he was with Vanessa when he worked with all three of them. I’d guess it was a mistake or poor wording, but it’s hard to imagine they’d make such a flub with actresses of that caliber and level of fame. Will be interesting to see where that goes.

  21. MsIam says:

    I used to think he was so cute when he was younger and on 21 Jump Street. But now I think his outside and inside are a perfect match. Yuck!

  22. Liz version 700 says:

    Wow. He is just evil. I mean trying to destroy Amber Heard’s entire life what a snake. I hope he stays toxic he needs to be kept away from people he can hurt.

  23. Ariel says:

    That story made me so happy.
    Amber, who is not perfect, which so many people point out, has been vilified and abused.
    He is still trying to abuse and control her. And the number of people who STILL stick up for depp kind of make me sick.
    Though i think the british verdict- which he 100% brought on himself- which is the best part- has FINALLY turned the tide.
    The Judge said- he believed depp terrorized her and she was afraid for her life.
    That testimony went on for weeks, and even if you didn’t want to believe Depp- the stuff he admits to is horrible.
    And his defense was yes i yelled, yes i took copious amounts of drugs, and then i blacked out and don’t remember- but i couldn’t be guilt because i am a southern gentleman, and i would never hit a woman.
    The fact that he thought he could get away with that- proves just how spoiled and protected and delusional he has been for decades.

    And he destroyed himself- trying to destroy her. it is his whole motivation.

  24. I was glad to finally see so much of this information published on a widely-read website. It’s been bubbling under online for months. The author did a fantastic job. The Hollywood Reporter piece is important because it’s finally putting things we already know out there for mass consumption, but it still didn’t tie it all together. That would be a tall order. There are some missing pieces. At what point did the Alt-Right manosphere begin pushing the ‘Amber is an abuser’ narrative? That alone would be a fascinating exposé. And where is the smoking gun on who is deploying the bots to the petitions? Adam Waldman’s ties to the Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska provides some clues. I have a feeling someone will discover these answers if we keep digging. We’re close. All paths lead to Waldman but there are some gaps along the way.

  25. Elizabeth says:

    Like many of you, I used to be a huge fan — he was so talented and so beautiful and I heard only good things about him from a friend of a friend who had worked on one of his movies 20+ years ago. This is appalling … he has turned into a monster or maybe he was one all along behind the scenes.

  26. Mtec says:

    The UK trial judge is the second judge that’s found him guilty of abusing Amber right?

    • No, just the first, unless you count the judge that granted her the restraining order in 2016. Despite what some in these discussions say, you do have to prove to a judge that you need a restraining order. A judge looks for specific facts.

      The next judge is Judge White in Virginia who dismissed Depp’s attorney for leaking protected (and some say altered like the audio mentioned) evidence to social media and tabloids.

  27. LoonaticCap says:

    I giggled throughout the whole article when I read it last night. And then I didn’t. It’s so disgusting and appalling.. I have no words.
    I hope he’s blackballed from Hollywood for good.
    Fun fact: last Depp movie I (remember) watching was the Rum Diary and I remember thinking back then that he was very convincingly obsessed with her and I hoped it was just really good acting.

    Well. We now see that it wasn’t. Dude wears an ear piece? If I were an actor I’d be offended to work with such a lazy and incompetent person.

  28. Jennifer says:

    Seeing the dark side of celebs, whether stuff like this, or other things they do in their personal life that is terrible – has really impacted my viewing habits. If I don’t like a celeb? I find it hard to watch their work anymore so I generally don’t. I hope Johnny has $$ saved because I can’t foresee him getting those big paychecks he is used to ever again. Why reward just despicable and jacked up behavior? Hollywood will never be cleansed of all the abhorrent behavior, but starting somewhere is good and I hope the trend continues.

  29. Ivy says:

    I became bored when he put rubber bands on his tongues to get off Jump Street.

  30. bettyrose says:

    I remember being 13 years old watching 21 Jump Street, hoping someday I’d kiss a boy as beautiful as Johnny Depp. LMFAO! In the decades since, there’ve been quite a few boys. They haven’t all been as pretty as Depp was in the 80s, but most have been people I’d still be prouder to say I’ve kissed than Depp.

  31. GuestwithCat says:

    And I thought Mel Gibson was grossest fall from grace. Johnny Depp told Mel to hold his beer. Jeez.

  32. Gaboo says:

    I saw someone comment that Johnny Depp is what happens when a 25 year deal with the devil wears off, and it is so incredibly accurate, He was so cool and so handsome for so long, and then he turned into.. this. Oof.

  33. MuttonChop says:

    This story reminds me of the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Into the Great Wide Open video Depp was in. You know, the one where he throws away a life of promise by being a garbage person…

  34. The Recluse says:

    Now he’s a cautionary tale. Sad.

  35. Justjj says:

    The way he talks about women… wow. I was shocked by that. I knew he was probably an a$$hole, and I was a huge fan of his as a kid, but he truly is a toxic piece of shët.

  36. Claire says:

    Imagine being subpoenad to testify in your ex-boyfriend’s effort to destroy Amber Heard and be required to hand over all your communications with him! Gaaaa!

  37. Flffgrrrlr says:

    I’ve encountered his fans online. When the court decision came out, I read it. It’s shocking. The thing that’s really confusing or surprising is that the type of fans he has, they’re usually the type of person that would be quite woke, and would say that they support women and condemn abuse. But not in this case – the comments were about how awful she is, and how she made it all up. They just flat out don’t believe the court decision and say it doesn’t prove anything. It really is an exercise in human bias and people’s inability to change their mind in the face of information that contradicts their point of view. So I’ll read the article with interest, and not expect it to change his fans at all – they just perceive it as an attack and double down.

  38. Implicit says:

    I mean….the rapist filmmaker who fled the country , whatever his name is , forgive my old brain we all know who he is – he still works