Johnny Depp has spoken out about Hollywood’s ongoing boycott of him following allegations of abuse from his ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp was labelled a wife beater by the UK press, and lost a court case in which he contended such claims. The allegations cost Deep his role in Fantastic Beasts, and a return in Pirates of the Caribbean was also scrapped.
Heard, who accused Depp of abuse during their marriage, is currently filming for the next entry in the Aquaman film. Depp accused Heard of being the abuser, with former staff providing their own accounts of times when Depp was supposedly the victim. While the court date is still some time away, it is generally accepted that both Depp and Heard were not great to one another.
Hollywood Boycott of Depp
Depp recently spoke about his boycott with the Sunday Times, while promoting his upcoming film Minamata. Depp’s latest film has not yet secured a release date in the US, although it will be shown in other markets, including Europe. The actor believes the film is struggling to secure a release date due to the ongoing Hollywood boycott.
Depp told the Sunday Times: "We looked these people in the eyeballs and promised we would not be exploitative. That the film would be respectful. I believe that we’ve kept our end of the bargain, but those who came in later should also maintain theirs. Some films touch people. And this affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things.”
“And for anything...for Hollywood’s boycott of me? One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the last number of years? "But, you know, I’m moving towards where I need to go to make all that...to bring things to light,W added Depp.
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Amber Heard Petition
Following Depp’s accusations against Heard, a number of fans signed a petition online to remove the her from the DC Universe. The petition, which has almost two million signatures demands that DC remove Heard who currently plays Mera in Aquaman. DC has not paid any attention to the petition. Filming on the next entry in the franchise is underway, with Heard reprising the role of Mera.
The court case between the pair will not take place until next April. At which point, Depp will try to prove his innocence, and bring to light his own alleged stories of abuse.