Marvel Star Zendaya Surprisingly Introduced In Johnny Depp’s Amber Heard Trial
For the past month, the entertainment industry has been captivated by the ongoing libel lawsuit between Hollywood stars and divorced couple, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
In a surprising turn of events, Marvel star and Emmy Award winner Zendaya was brought into the courtroom.
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The affair between actor Johnny Depp and his actress ex-wife, Amber Heard, is rooted in allegations of historic domestic abuse during their relationship and subsequent marriage, following their meeting on the set of The rum journal (2011).
This ongoing libel case comes just under two years after Depp lost his libel case against the British tabloid, The sun, and editor Dan Wootton after the paper called him a “wife beater”. At the High Court in London, Judge Andrew Nicol found the allegations against Depp to be “substantially true” and dismissed his appeal a few months later.
The $50 million libel lawsuit currently underway in Fairfax County, Va., has been in the works for three years. In 2018, Heard released an OpEd in The Washington Post detailing her experience as a victim of domestic violence. Although Depp was never named, the Pirates of the Caribbean The actor sued his ex-wife, leading to a countersuit from Heard, and after months of pre-trial wins and losses on both sides, the case is now before Judge Penney Azcarate and a jury.
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In a surprise turn of events, and despite celebrity-rich testimonials from the likes of James Franco, Elon Musk and Kate Moss, Marvel and Euphoria star, Zendaya, was brought into the case. In an attempt to show how the case impacted Heard’s career, entertainment industry consultant Kathryn Arnold compared Heard to Spider-Man: No Coming Home (2021) actress Zendaya (MJ) whom Depp’s team vehemently rejected. Going through The Direct:
“You mentioned that another person you compared Ms. Heard with is Zendaya, a person so famous that she has a name. She’s been on the Disney Channel since she was 13, she won an Emmy, she used to sing, dance and swing trapezes in The Greatest Showman, she’s now starred in several Spider-Man movies, she’s 10 years younger than your clients, but she’s a comparable person to you.
Arnold then established that she intended to draw comparisons between superhero film actresses. She replied to Depp’s attorney:
“…and then you look at where her career should have gone even though she may not have had the stature of a Zendaya at that time. You can still consider it a comparable trajectory to what is happening when you’re in a blockbuster movie. It’s just a point of reference; it’s not supposed to be the same, they’re not supposed to be the same people, they don’t even have the exact same career. is meant to be a point of reference, as simple as that.
Depp’s team then showed the Q-Note of the two actresses, along with other popular actors, from a time before lawsuits began with Amber Heard ranked at the bottom of the selection that included Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Gal Gadot, among others.
Depp’s claims are based on him being a victim of Heard’s domestic violence himself, with the Captain Jack Sparrow actor’s lawyers using tapes and testimony to prove Depp’s innocence.
Depp’s attorneys also claim the article negatively impacted the actor’s career, excluding him from both The Walt Disney Company. Pirates of the Caribbean franchise – which is moving forward with a sixth film directed by Margot Robbie – and Warner Bros. fantastic beasts JK Rowling franchise.
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Meanwhile, Heard has now revealed that her role as Mera in the DC Extended Universe Aquaman (2018) sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023) from director James Wan, has been significantly reduced. This follows consistent #JusticeForJohnnyDepp and #FireAmberHeard trends online. It was recently suggested that fellow DC star Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman) was behind the effort, in part, to keep Heard on board for the film.
Closing arguments in the case in Fairfax County are expected on Friday, May 27.
What do you think of the comparison between Amber Heard and Zendaya?