Johnny Depp
American actor, film producer, and musician
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Johnny Depp is addressing what he calls “Hollywood’s boycott of… me” in his first interview since losing his libel suit, and subsequent efforts to appeal it, against British tabloid The Sun over its characterization of him as a “wife beater.”

With yet another legal battle scheduled for next April — he’s suing ex-wife Amber Heard in a $50 million defamation suit stemming from her 2018 Washington Post op-ed about domestic abuse — the 58-year-old actor is prevented from speaking about the case or his relationship with the Aquaman actress. But during his Zoom sit-down with the Sunday Times he did open up about the “surreal five years” he’s had since being accused of abuse, including fallout from the Hollywood community.

After losing his libel suit last fall, Depp announced that he was “asked to resign” from the Fantastic Beasts franchise; Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen has since been to cast replace him as Grindelwald. As the Times notes, Depp’s new film, Minamata, won’t be released in the U.S.; the decision prompted its director, Andrew Levitas, to accuse distributor MGM of bowing to pressure and worrying that “the personal issues of an actor in the film could reflect negatively upon them.”

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