Johnny Depp’s ex-agent has told a court that the star was a troublesome client who received complaints that led her to fly to Australia for “talks” with him.
Johnny Depp’s longtime agent has told a court that the star was an extremely “difficult” client who had “basic anger issues” and received multiple complaints from film crews about “virtually every movie” he worked on.
Tracey Jacobs, of United Talent Agency, represented Depp as his agent for three decades until he cut ties with her in October 2016.
Ms. Jacobs’ pre-recorded video was played Thursday during Depp’s libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard in Fairfax County Court, Virginia.
Ms. Jacobs testified that Depp became “the biggest star in the world” during the time they worked together. At first, she didn’t consider him a “difficult customer,” she said. But that changed dramatically during her last 10 years representing him as his “unprofessional behavior… became much more complicated,” Ms. Jacobs added.
Forced to travel to Australia to be with Depp . to talk
The court heard Ms Jacobs had to travel to Australia twice while Depp was at work Pirates of the Caribbean 5to ‘talk’ to him in response to complaints from the film crew about his behaviour.
The Hollywood power broker said he was “consistently late” on “pretty much every movie” he worked on and that she believed it was the result of his alleged increased use of alcohol and drugs.
“I told him ‘you need to stop this, this is hurting you’, and it did,” Ms Jacobs said, adding that Depp did not follow her advice.
“At first the crews loved him because he was always so good with the crew. But crews don’t like to wait hours and hours for the star to appear.
“The word has been circulated. It made people reluctant to use it towards the end.”
Ms Jacobs told the court that Depp reportedly had “fundamental issues with anger” that she said worsened over time, but never saw him hit a woman.
She also claimed that on one occasion the star “demanded” that Ms. Jacobs give him $20 million ($A28 million) — not borrow — from the agency, saying he earned it because of the money he gave them over the years. deserved.
In the end, he “essentially ended everyone in his life,” including Ms. Jacobs, as his drug and alcohol abuse escalated, she said.
‘Depp’s star dimmed’
Ms. Jacobs also testified that no one at Disney committed to hiring Depp for the film’s sixth installment. pfurious franchise in talks with her. “(Depp’s) star dimmed,” she said.
“People were talking and the question was about his behavior.”
As the fifth week of the trial draws to a close, Ms. Jacobs’ testimony casts doubt on Depp’s claims that his career was damaged by Heard’s allegations of domestic violence, which he maintains are false.
Other witnesses for Heard, including her sister, former best friend and makeup artist, bolstered her defense of the truth when they testified on Wednesday that they saw her with black eyes, a busted lip and bloody patches of missing hair after a string of alleged assaults by Depp.
Super fans cheer for Depp
Depp arrived at a rock star reception – which has become a daily occurrence during the trial – where crowds of superfans gathered outside the court on Thursday morning and shouted “we love you Johnny.” The majority of the people who secured a seat in the courtroom after queuing for hours were also found to be Depp supporters, with dozens of them desperately waving at him as he entered the room early in the day. .
Heard testified Monday that she filed for divorce from the… pirates of the caribbean star in May 2016 because she feared for her life.
“I had to leave him,” Heard said. “I knew I wouldn’t survive if I didn’t. I was so afraid that it would end very badly for me.”
Heard said Depp would become a physically and sexually abusive “monster” if he drank and that her efforts to curb his drug and alcohol use had proved futile.
“The monster had been this thing that was now the normal and not the exception,” she told the seven-member jury.
“The violence was normal now.”
During his four days on the witness stand, 58-year-old Depp denied ever hitting Heard, claiming she was the one who was often violent.
Depp sued Heard over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018, describing herself as a “public figure who represents domestic violence”.
Heard, who starred in Aquariusdid not mention Depp in the article, but he sued her for suggesting he was a domestic abuser and is demanding $50 million ($A72 million) in damages.
Texas-born Heard counter-charged, asking for $100 million ($A144 million) and alleging that she had endured “rampant physical violence and abuse” at his hands.
Judge Penney Azcarate has scheduled closing arguments in the case for May 27, after which it will go to the jury.
Depp’s attorneys have taken to court experts who testified that he lost millions over the abuse allegations, including a $22.5 million ($A32 million) payday for a sixth installment of pirates† Depp filed the defamation complaint in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against Ee Sun newspaper because he called him a “wife beater”.
Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Heard met in 2009 on the set of The Rum Diary and married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.
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