Fans call on Disney and Warner Bros. to publicly apologize to Johnny Depp


From vt.co-

Following Johnny Depp’s high-profile victory over ex-wife Amber Heard in their defamation case, fans are seeking an apology for the actor.

On Wednesday, jurors came to a unanimous decision in the 58-year-old actor’s trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

After reportedly deliberating for around 12 hours over three days, the court ruled that Depp was entitled to $10 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages of $5 million. Although, Virginia state law caps punitive damages at $350,000.

Meanwhile, the jury also awarded 36-year-old Heard $2 million in damages based on her $100 million countersuit.

Following Depp’s win, his fans are looking for apologies from both Disney and Warner Bros. after the actor was dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts franchises, respectively.

In an Instagram post back in the fall of 2020, the Depp revealed that he was asked by Warner Bros to resign from the role of Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts movies following headlines surrounding his arduous separation from Heard and his subsequent libel case against The Sun.

Per CNN, Depp had attempted to sue the British tabloid and executive editor Dan Wootton after an article was published featuring the headline: “GONE POTTY: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”

Depp has repeatedly denied any allegations that he was ever physically violent toward his ex-wife.

In 2018, it was also revealed that Disney was no longer looking to cast Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in any future Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The news came shortly after Heard’s op-ed in The Washington Post, in which, she referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”.

Disney never attributed any allegations as the reasoning behind dropping Depp from the movies.

In fact, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, president of the production at Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Sean Bailey was asked if the franchise could survive without Depp, to which he responded:

“We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul [Wernick] and Rhett [Reese] are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.”

When delivering his testimony last month in his defamation case against Heard, Depp spoke about how he felt betrayed by being let go by Disney officials.

“Having added much of myself, much of my own rewriting, the dialogue, the scenes, the jokes, I didn’t quite understand how after that long relationship and quite a successful relationship with Disney that… suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent,” Depp told the court.

Now, fans want an apology – and they have been taking to Twitter to call out both movie studios in the wake of the verdict.

“@Disney @DisneyStudios so you guys gonna like publicly apologize to Johnny Depp? Maybe tripling his salary to return to #PiratesoftheCaribbean would be a lovely start,” one person tweeted.

Another added: “WARNER BROTHERS & DISNEY NEED TO FORMALLY APOLOGIZE TO JOHNNY DEPP”

And a third wrote: “@Disney I think you owe Captain Jack Sparrow an apology..and be sure to grovel!”

“Johnny Deep won,” wrote a fourth. “Disney and Warner Bros must publicly apologize, and put #JohnnyDepp back where he belongs. Everyone knows that no one can play these roles better than him, but he said he will never play as Captain Jack again. I will never forgive Amber and Disney.”

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that Johnny Depp is owed an apology or two?

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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