On April 30th, 2022, it was revealed that Disney had dropped Johnny Depp from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise due to Amber Heard’s abuse allegations. According to Depp’s former agent, the actor was removed from the franchise after Heard’s claims of domestic abuse were made public.
The news comes after a tumultuous few years for Depp, who was embroiled in a legal battle with Heard over her allegations of domestic abuse. In 2016, Heard filed for divorce from Depp and obtained a restraining order against him. In 2018, the couple settled their divorce out of court, with Heard receiving a $7 million settlement.
The allegations of abuse were further brought to light in 2019 when Depp sued Heard for defamation in a $50 million lawsuit. In the lawsuit, Depp accused Heard of making false allegations of abuse against him in order to further her career. The lawsuit was eventually dropped in 2020.
In light of the allegations, Disney decided to drop Depp from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Depp had starred in the franchise since its inception in 2003, playing the role of Captain Jack Sparrow. The decision to drop Depp from the franchise was reportedly made by Disney executives in 2019, shortly after the allegations of abuse were made public.
Depp’s former agent has since come forward to confirm that Disney had dropped Depp from the franchise due to the allegations of abuse. While the actor has yet to comment on the matter, it is clear that the allegations of abuse have had a significant impact on his career.
It remains to be seen how Depp will move forward in his career, but it is clear that the allegations of abuse have had a major impact on his professional life.