According to a story from The Hollywood Reporter, Depp’s former lawyers — the entertainment law firm Bloom Hergott — want to depose former Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara. THR says that “sources familiar with the deposition requests say Tsujihara will be asked to testify under oath about whether or not he played a role in ‘blacklisting’ Heard at Warner Bros.” at the behest of Depp, who wanted Heard fired from “Aquaman.”
Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, tells The Blast, “The Hollywood Reporter story alleging Johnny Depp attempted to ‘blacklist’ Amber Heard from Aquaman is a last-ditch effort by defendants to smear Mr. Depp using an evidence-free media and clickbait. It is merely the latest false assertion, anonymously injected into the media by defendants being sued by Johnny Depp for tens of millions of dollars, purposed to save their skins and delay a looming day of reckoning in a court of law.”
Depp is suing the law firm for over $60 million, claiming they breached their fiduciary duty to him.
Waldman claims that not only did Depp not try and have Heard fired from “Aquaman,” it’s really the other way around.
He says, “Grotesquely, the truth is the opposite of their latest ‘blacklist allegation’: according to the New York Post, ‘senior executives at Warner Bros.,’ who are the company’s #Metoo leadership and personally close with Amber Heard, claimed a week ago that Warner Bros. would throw Johnny Depp off the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie franchise in which he stars because of Ms. Heard’s abuse hoax, notwithstanding that it has been thoroughly disproven by police and other sworn testimony, photographs, audio tape and 87 surveillance videos. Ms. Heard has herself previously been arrested and incarcerated for domestic violence.”
Waldman points out that the lawsuit against Depp’s former law firm has nothing to do with Amber Heard.
“Hidden under the blacklist lie is the falsehood that Mr. Depp is suing Boom Hergott for anything relating to Amber Heard,” Waldman says. “Mr. Depp is suing Ms. Heard for her actions, the Sun tabloid for theirs, and Bloom Hergott for theirs. Holding hands won’t help them. These matters will be determined by the Court, not the Hollywood Reporter, nor by People Magazine, whose employee conspired with Ms. Heard to put her hoax on its cover. Mr. Depp will have his days in courts; these lies will never survive the disinfecting sunlight of evidence.”
As The Blast first reported, Johnny Depp sued Heard for defamation over an op-ed Heard wrote last year where she referred to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp denies ever abusing Heard and is asking for $50 million in damages.
In his lawsuit, Depp takes issue with an article Heard wrote for the Washington Post in December 2018, in which she referred to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Although Johnny Depp was not named, he claims the entire article “depends on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”
He claims that Heard’s abuse allegations were “conclusively refuted by two separate responding police officers, a litany of neutral third-party witnesses, and 87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos.”