“Succession” actor Brian Cox is speaking out regarding the Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp trial, saying he feels sympathy for the “Aquaman” actress after the way she was treated during the court case.
Johnny Depp, 59, is considered one of the best, most versatile actors of all time, starring in a variety of films including “The Lone Ranger” (2003), “Secret Window” (2004), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005), “Sweeney Todd” (2007), “Public Enemies” (2009), “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “21 Jump Street” (2012), and for playing the iconic role of Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, including “Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl” (2003), “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006), “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007), “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011), and “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (2017).
Amber Heard, known for her roles in “The Rum Diary” (2011), “Drive Angry Piper” (2011), and “Aquaman” (2018), married Johnny Depp in February 2015, but in May 2016 the couple’s marriage gained media attention when Heard filed a restraining order against the 21 Jump Street actor saying she was a victim of domestic violence.
Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard Trial
The Edward Scissorhands actor made headlines when he recently sued his ex-wife, Amber Heard, 35, for defamation after she wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018 where she referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Though she never named Johnny Depp, the 21 Jump Street actor sued her anyway.
Amber Heard countersued Depp, claiming that he “defamed her when his former lawyer released statements saying her allegations of abuse were a hoax.”
The six-week trial was live-streamed through various news publications, with millions tuning in every single day to watch.
The trial ended on Wednesday, June 1 when the jury found Heard defamed Depp by publicly accusing him of domestic abuse. The jury found that Depp proved Heard lied about her allegations.
And in Heard’s countersuit against Depp, the jury found that Depp’s former attorney, Adam Waldman, publicly defamed her, resulting in Heard having to owe Depp $15 million. Depp owes Heard $2 million in compensatory damages.
In August, Heard’s representatives released a statement regarding the trial’s outcome, saying “a different court warrants different representation, particularly as so much new evidence is now coming to light.”
Despite this being looked at as a win for Johnny Depp, due to Heard’s allegations, Depp’s career has still taken a few hits. First, Warner Bros.’ The Fantastic Beasts franchise dropped Depp and recast him with Madds Mikkelson. Shortly after, Disney fired Johnny Depp from his iconic role of Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Brian Cox Speaks Out Regarding Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp Trial
Brian Cox, 76, best known for his role of Logan Roy in HBO’s dark comedy series, “Succession”, recently released his autobiography, “Putting the Rabbit in the Hat”, where he criticized several actors, including the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, Johnny Depp.
Cox stated that Depp was “overrated”, but has since taken back his comments and even went on to express regret over what he said. Now, during an interview with The Times to promote his autobiography, Cox was asked about his thoughts on the Depp and Heard trial now that the court case has ended, to which he expressed feeling sorry for the way Heard was treated during the court case, which took place in Fairfax, Virginia.
“The public loves him,” Cox said of Depp, even going on to indicate the same of the jury from the defamation trial in Fairfax County. But when speaking to Heard, the “Succession” actor said, “I feel sorry for the woman. I think she got the rough end of it.”
Despite the trial and the ongoing rumors that Warner Bros. dropped Heard, similar to how they dropped Depp from the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise, the actress is still set to appear in “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”, which recently just got pushed back to a 2023 release.
Johnny Depp is also trying to get back into his career and focus on things he loves, including playing guitar next to friend and musician, Jeff Beck.
Depp played select dates of Jeff Beck’s tour after the trial ended, surprising the crowd in England, but now, the duo is coming to North America and will play in cities such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Chicago, Phoenix, and more, later this year.