What’s Johnny Depp’s net worth looking like after the trial?
Johnny Depp has been featured in a lot of headlines recently and not for good reasons. In the case of Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard, tabloids everywhere began speculating about what went wrong. After calling Depp a “wife beater” in a 2018 article, The Sun found itself in Depp’s legal crosshairs and defending a lawsuit from the Hollywood actor.
Things didn’t go according to plan for Johnny Depp as he recently lost the libel trial. Could this greatly impact the actor’s net worth? Let’s dive into the case’s results and the inevitable fallout.
Love turned sour
Johnny Depp & Amber Heard met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2009. Depp played journalist Paul Kemp who fell head over heels for someone else’s fiance Chenault (Amber Heard). In 2011, Amber Heard confessed to Vogue, “Working with Johnny was torture. It was better than I ever imagined, which is really saying something.”
In 2012, Johnny Depp publicly split from a former partner of fourteen years Vanessa Paradis. Pardis & Depp have two children together, Lily-Rose and John Christopher. That same year, Amber Heard & Johnny Depp began dating.
Heard also split up from girlfriend Tasya van Ree. Amber Heard’s relationship with van Ree wasn’t smooth sailing. In 2009, Amber Heard was arrested for physically assaulting her ex-girlfriend at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington. Heard allegedly grabbed van Ree’s arm and hit it. All charges were dropped and van Ree herself claimed that Amber Heard was “wrongfully” accused.
Two years after dating, Amber Heard was seen with an engagement ring. Johnny Depp confirmed the news, “It’s probably a dead giveaway, isn’t it? Not very subtle.” The pair had a private wedding ceremony at their LA home in February, 2015. Things didn’t go according to plan for the couple when Heard filed for divorce fifteen months later.
In 2016, Amber Heard filed for divorce and filed a restraining order against Johnny Depp after alleging he had physically abused her during their relationship under the influence. Actor Depp denied these accusations and claimed Heard was “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.”
Johnny Depp’s net worth took a major hit when ex-wife Heard took him to court following the allegations of assault. Eventually, Amber Heard withdrew her request for a domestic violence restraining order and spousal support request of $50,000 a month. Heard settled and received $7 million, but allegedly donated it all to charity.
The pair released a joint statement after the trial, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.” In 2017, the divorce between Amber Heard & Johnny Depp was official.
Things were far from over for the exes. Amber Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post discussing the alleged abuse, but never mentioned ex-husband Johnny Depp by name. Johnny Depp sued Amber Heard for $50 million because of the article she released.
The Daily Mail released phone recordings that changed the course of the trial. In these recordings, Heard admitted to “hitting” Depp. Amber Heard says, “I can’t promise you I won’t get physical again. God, I f—ing sometimes get so mad I lose it.” Johnny Depp can also be heard on the recording stating, “I left last night. Honestly, I swear to you because I just couldn’t take the idea of more physicality, more physical abuse on each other.”
Trials & tribulations
In 2020, Johnny Depp sued The Sun and its executive editor Dan Wotton for libel. In an article from 2018, a headline read: “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”
Former partner Winona Ryder spoke out, “The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved. I cannot wrap my head around these accusations.” Vanessa Paradis came forward and stated the accusations “nothing like the true Johnny I have known, and from my personal experience of many years, I can say he was never violent or abusive to me.”
The trial lasted three weeks and a lot of details on Depp’s former marriage were unveiled before the court. Johnny Depp claimed that Heard had defecated in his bed and engaged in extramarital affairs which she later denies. Amber Heard also went to court and claims Depp had made threats against her life.
In November, the Judge ruled that The Sun was correct in reporting that Depp was violent towards his ex-wife Amber Heard. With Depp’s trial against Heard still ongoing, her lawyers spoke on her behalf following the ruling. “We are committed to obtaining justice for Amber Heard in the US Court and defending Ms. Heard’s right to free speech.”
Johnny Depp was shocked by the outcome of the libel trial as his lawyers released a statement:
“All of this was overlooked. The judgment is so flawed that it would be ridiculous for Mr. Depp not to appeal this decision. In the meantime, we hope that in contrast to this case, the ongoing libel proceedings in America are equitable, with both parties providing full disclosure rather than one side strategically cherry-picking what evidence can and cannot be relied upon.”
Following the ruling, actor Johnny Depp revealed he won’t be returning for Fantastic Beasts 3 after he was asked to resign from his role as Gellert Grindelwald. “I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and I have respected and agreed to that request.”
Johnny Depp took this moment to reveal his thoughts about his current lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard and the libel trial’s recent ruling. “The surreal judgment of the court in the UK will not change my fight, to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false.”
How has this impacted the Hollywood actor’s net worth? Should Johnny Depp still keep his role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.