There have been a lot of jaw-dropping moments in the Johnny Depp V Amber Heard civil suit. Missed in the initial wave of reports was the claim that had the last several years of controversy has derailed the career of Amber Heard.
While that may be a true standalone statement, the context of that truth has become a matter of public opinion. There has been damning testimony about Depp, including texts that ‘joke’ about drowning Heard, and he has had moment where he was scolded by the judge. On the other side of the coin, Kate Moss refuted allegations made by Heard, as did executives from DC Films.
Entertainment industry consultant Kathryn Arnold was another witness for Heard that made assumptions that Heard has only had her career hurt by her involvement with Depp. So much so that she believed Heard would be currently on par with Gal Gadot or Zendaya. Both have been in the super hero universe with Gadot as Wonder Woman and Zendaya playing a role in Spider-Man movies.
“It would have been very reasonable to believe that her career would have been on an upward trajectory from those other actors were it not for the cheating allegations,” Arnold said.
“When you look at the time period that [Depp’s lawyer, Adam] Waldman’s statements were released, and you look at what was going on with Ms. Heard’s career before the statement and what happened after the statement, it’s very clear to make that correlation.”
Waldman did an interview with Daily Mail where he was quoted as saying that Heard was orchestrating an “abuse hoax.”
Since the allegations came out, Arnold said that Heard’s career “has been silent in terms of opportunities.”
It may be a factually correct timeline, but it also may lack context as well.
The head of DC Films, Walter Hamada, testified that the actress and her role in the film was in no way impacted by the very public situation with Depp. He said that it was always in the plan and compounded due to a lack of chemistry with male lead, Jason Mamoa.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million for lost income. He alleged that after she wrote a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post claiming that she is a survivor of domestic abuse he was black balled from Hollywood and lost multiple roles. Heard countersued for $100 million in nuisance.