Another revelation came to light on the witness stand in a Fairfax, Virginia, court where Johnny Depp’s defamation suit against Amber Heard is taking place.
This time, however, it doesn’t come from Heard’s own mouth. According to a self-described Hollywood insider, the actress was disinvited from taking part in the promotion of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
“Entertainment industry consultant” Kathryn Arnold testified Heard was kept off the film’s poster and not allowed at DC FanDome because of the suit which was pending at the time.
“Ms. Heard was not invited to be either in the poster or to be at the [FanDome] event, and, in fact, they told her she cannot come,” Arnold stated (via TheWrap).
Arnold is one of Heard’s legal team’s witnesses to assess “reputational harm and economic loss that Ms. Heard incurred due to the defamatory statements” made by Depp attorney Adam Waldman in 2020.
Waldman made the accusation at the time, Heard was orchestrating an “abuse hoax.”
After that, anytime Heard’s name came up in reference to Aquaman, DC, or some other venture, social media lit up with backlash against her, Arnold’s research showed.
This was negatively affecting her career and status with Aquaman 2, and she was at risk of being cut and dropped from the film entirely – as Heard herself testified. That was until Jason Momoa and director James Wan intervened.
“In February 2021, there were conversations that Amber’s, I’m going to be technical with you, her option for employment was not going to be exercised. So they may not have hired her again,” Arnold explained.
“Her management team fought very hard and they ultimately ended up hiring her, but not only because of what her management did, but also because star Jason Momoa and director James Wan committed to her,” she continued.
Arnold expressed her belief that Heard was on the rise in the same way Momoa, Gal Gadot, Zendaya, Ana de Armas, and Chris Pine are. She then was countered by Depp’s attorney.
“That’s not the career path that Ms. Heard has had. She’s never been the title character in a movie, she hasn’t spent years on television,” the attorney said.
But, Arnold maintained, “If you look at the film, the television and the endorsement contracts, it’s very likely that Ms. Heard should have earned between $45 and $50 million dollars” over 5 years if not for Waldman’s charge.
Among the offers Heard lost, Arnold testified, were an LA Style magazine “cover picture and the cover story” to plug her part in Amazon’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, which also stars Ezra Miller.
Trying to demonstrate how Depp’s lawsuits have equally hurt him and his reputation, Arnold said something about his private life is always brought to light, “whether it was about erratic behavior, or domestic abuse, or drugs and alcohol and even spending habits.”
Conversely, Arnold added Heard’s Washington Post op-ed had “very little” negative impact on Depp’s career compared to the various suits. “Hardly anybody knew the op-ed existed before he filed suit,” as it “kind of came in and out of the radar very quickly if anybody even saw it at all,” said Arnold.
The op-ed is the reason Depp is suing Heard for $50 million claiming defamation and libel while Heard counter-sued him for $100 million.
Though he isn’t named in the article, Heard wrote she was a “public figure representing domestic abuse,” with the implication that Depp was the perpetrator.
What do you make of these claims by Arnold?