Is Johnny Depp Leaving Hollywood For Good?

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Johnny Depp is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. However, he might be at the last legs of his career. The star has seen lots of legal issues and drama in his long career. However, the latest onslaught might prove fatal.


The domestic abuse allegations, lawsuits relating to it, and the avalanche of bad press that is coming from it, might be just too much. Would his career survive this storm? We try and answer this question in this article. What do you think of the whole matter? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.

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The Lawsuits Around Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp With Amber Heard in the Foreground

Johnny Depp was married to fellow actress Amber Heard from 2015 to 2017. Sadly, things didn’t go well between them. They had a messy divorce which drew a lot of media attention. This was aggravated by Heard’s accusation of abuse on the part of Depp throughout their relationship. Depp made a counter allegation that Heard had abused him.

In 2018, the British publication, The Sun, wrote an article on Depp that referred to him as a “wife-beater”. Depp unsuccessfully sued the newspaper for defamation in the UK. The case had a highly publicized trial, which made matters worse for the actor. Both Depp and Heard testified for several days. Ultimately, Depp lost the case.

Things weren’t done yet. Johnny Depp sued Heard for defamation in Virginia, the US, in 2019. This was over an op-ed written by his ex-wife in The Washington Post about abusive relationships. While the article did not expressly mention him by name, Depp argued that it greatly damaged his career. The trial started on April 11, 2022. Again, the ongoing trial is highly publicized.


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Fallout on Johnny Depp’s Career

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Johnny Depp

Following the verdict in The UK defamation case, Depp resigned from the Fantastic Beasts franchise after being asked to do so by Warner Bros. He was replaced by the actor Mads Mikkelsen for the role of Grindelwald.

Further, Depp alleged that his ex-wife’s op-ed in the Washington Post greatly damaged his career and cost him the role of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6. Moreover, Depp recently stated, in court proceedings, that there was nothing Disney could do to convince him to return as Jack Sparrow.


The fallout from his high-profile legal battles with his ex-wife has led to him losing two big film roles. Moreover, he has suffered lots of reputational damage, which the actor is attempting to repair with his Virginia lawsuit.

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Is Depp’s Career Over?

Is Johnny Depp's career over
A Picture of Johnny Depp

As things stand, the barrage of the negative press means his future in Hollywood is uncertain. He has lost iconic roles in big banner movies.


However, there might still be hope. He has a lot of fan support. Moreover, if he manages to win the ongoing defamation case, he might yet save his career. Time would tell. Meanwhile, the case goes on.

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Angad Singh

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