Johnny Depp’s colleagues testify on the challenges of working with him

Depp is suing Hurd for $50 million, alleging she defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Depp claims the piece – which does not mention his name – falsely depicts him as an abuser. Hurd countersued Depp for $100 million, saying Depp’s lawyer’s statement that her abuse claims were a “hoax” was defamatory.

Tracey Jacobs testified in a recorded testimony that she represented Depp for 30 years and at one point called him “the biggest star in the world.” Jacobs said Depp fired her around the same time he parted ways with other business partners in his life.

Jacobs testified that she was honest with Depp, that she had been late on set and that his behavior, including drug and alcohol abuse, was damaging his career. She testified that Depp often had to use an earpiece to hear his lines while on set.

“Given his reputation for being late and for other things, his star has dimmed because it’s getting harder and harder for him to get a job,” Jacobs testified. “People are talking, the problem is his behavior.”

Depp’s “pirate” future

As part of the lawsuit, Depp claims Hurd’s op-ed cost him his job, including tens of millions of dollars, and he says he will get paid for a potential sixth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, which he may not be part of it. Jacobs also testified that she didn’t recall Disney’s promise to have Depp in the movie.

Jacobs testified that Depp was at one point in “financial desperation” and asked the agency to give him $20 million.

Longtime Disney executive Tina Newman, whose testimony was recorded in February and played for jurors on Thursday, said she didn’t recall seeing Hurd’s op-ed and she didn’t know whether Depp was considered Play a role in the sixth installment. Pirates” movie.

“It was beyond my imagination,” Newman testified. “I just know it’s a project that may be in development at the studio.”

Jurors also heard testimony from Jo Mandel, Depp’s former business manager, who parted ways with Depp in 2016, and Depp’s company filed a lawsuit in 2017 alleging it mismanaged his earnings. The lawsuit was settled in 2018.

Mandel testified that around 2010, it became more difficult to work with Depp due to the seemingly routine use of substances.

Amber Heard (R) appears in Fairfax County Circuit Court on May 19, 2022 in Fairfax, Va.

“As someone who likes to enjoy his wine at the end of the day, what I’ve been going through has turned into seemingly overconsumption,” Mandel testified. “The ability to coordinate and find time to meet has become more difficult. With the Over time, alcohol and drug issues became more apparent. This translated into more erratic behaviors, more stressful behaviors, and more often difficulty participating in the kind of conversations I needed to get my work done.”

Mandel said he began frequently expressing his concerns about Depp’s “very bad financial situation” in 2015, and said that while Depp’s income was very good, so was his spending. At one point, Depp paid employees $300,000 a month, he said.

Heard’s legal team noted that several of Depp’s salaried employees testified in his case against her and accused them of siding with Depp because he paid them.

hear fully her testimony earlier this week.

Hurd’s agent, Jessica Kovacevic, testified that the actress’ career didn’t go as expected after Aquaman, and that she felt the negative media attention was taking a toll on her earnings Influence.

Kovacevic also testified that Hurd’s performance in the 2018 DC hit film raised no questions about what she thought would make more money after starring in the film, but it didn’t.

CNN has reached out to Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, for comment. (CNN and Warner Bros. share parent company Warner Bros. Discovery)

Ellen Barkin testifies

Actress Ellen Barkin, who has known Depp since 1990, testified that her relationship with Depp had been sexual for several months in 1994.

Barkin testified that Depp was drunk “most of the time”, said she was with him, and described him as controlling and jealous. She described an incident in a Las Vegas hotel room when there was an argument between others.

“Mr. Depp threw a bottle across the room, the hotel room, and once in Las Vegas when we were filming Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” Barkin recalled.

Court proceedings will resume on Monday for a final week of testimony.

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