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Is Johnny Depp’s Career Really Over After Libel Case Loss?

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I’m still somewhat in shock that Johnny Depp lost his libel case against the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid The Sun for calling him a wife-beater. It seemed like Amber Heard said one thing, everyone else familiar with what went on said another thing, they played tapes of Amber Heard admitting she was violent towards Depp and telling him to be less of a pussy and asking him if he really wants everyone to know he got beat up by a girl and the judge heard all that and said “well, why would Amber Heard lie?” before ruling against Depp.

This was swiftly followed by news that Depp was asked by Warner Brothers to step down from Pirates of the Caribbean and the Harry Potter prequel series Fantastic Beasts.

Not surprisingly, behind the scenes, Depp asked why Heard, who we all heard admit to being violent, was not asked to leave Aquaman 2. It’s a fair question, honestly, especially since public sentiment remains firmly on the side of Johnny Depp and against Amber Heard.

Metro quoted a number of entertainment lawyers who agreed that losing this trial would mean the end of Depp’s career because of the bad press and reputation it generated for him. I would like to know what planet these people have been living on.

Setting aside that Depp is still winning the PR war despite losing, I’d like to remind everyone that Chris Brown still has a career after pleading guilty to domestic assault. And Mel Gibson is in that truly strange Christmas movie.

I think it’s premature to be chiseling a tombstone for Johnny Depp’s career at this point. Plenty of people have come back from worse spots than the one Depp is in. If Sleepy Hollow didn’t end his career, nothing will.

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