Johnny Depp Will Reportedly Have to Turn Over His Communications With Every Famous Actress He’s Dated
Despite losing his U.K. libel case against The Sun at the beginning of November over being called a “wife beater,” Johnny Depp isn’t done with the judicial system just yet. Not only has he decided to appeal that verdict, but the actor is also simultaneously pursuing a whole other $50 million defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard in Virginia. And in case this legal battle wasn’t already high-profile enough, as part of the case, Depp is reportedly going to have to turn over communications with all of his former romantic partners, which apparently includes about half of Hollywood’s A-list actresses.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor’s next court battle is shaping up to be even more revelatory than the last, as it threatens to pull a number of other big-name celebrities into the fray. Depp is reportedly obligated to produce for the court “all responsive communications” with his former romantic partners, which THR reports includes Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley, and Marion Cotillard. Ellen Barkin has also already given a deposition in the U.K. case, claiming that Depp threw a wine bottle in her direction when they were dating. However, according to the Daily Mail, Depp said Barkin is simply holding a “grudge” against him.
When Cotillard filmed Public Enemies with Depp in 2008, there were rumors that the pair flirted heavily on set and that their chemistry was palpable, despite neither confessing to a relationship, especially as Depp may have still been in a relationship with Vanessa Paradis at the time. Likewise, while there have been rumors about Jolie and Depp’s relationship for years, neither has ever confirmed anything romantic happened between them after meeting on the set of The Tourist, when Jolie was married. In fact, during filming, In Touch Weekly reported that the pair actually couldn’t stand each other. But in an interview that year, Depp also said of his costar, “She’s everything. She’s kind of a walking poem, Angelina is. She’s this perfect beauty but at the same time very deep, very smart, very quick, very clever, very funny, and also has a very perverse sense of humor.”
Knightley has also never confirmed a relationship with the actor, but they did work on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise together over the course of a decade. If the two stars did date, you’d certainly never know it from Depp’s Evening Standard interview during which he said, “Kissing someone you are not romantically involved with is always awkward, but the fact that Keira is 20-something years younger than me made it infinitely more awkward. Still, she was a good sport about it and we did what we had to do.” As a side note, Heard is actually one year younger than Knightley.
And it’s not just dragging all of his famous exes into the trial that’s going to make this case more difficult than the last. THR points out that unlike the U.K. case, in this one, the burden of proof will be entirely Depp’s responsibility. To further complicate matters, Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman—whose former clients include Russian oligarchs and Julian Assange—has already been removed from the case for leaking confidential information to the press. The lawyer has since stepped away from his Twitter account as well, last tweeting on October 16, when he seemed to call out media bias against his client by conspiratorially connecting positive articles written by the same author about both Heard and Elon Musk’s current girlfriend, Grimes.
Depp’s defamation case is expected to go to trial in early 2021.
Representatives for Jolie, Cotillard, and Knightley did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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