Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Amber Heard
   Where does Johnny Depp go from here?
   The allegations of domestic abuse from his estranged wife Amber Heard have raised further questions about his career and reputation.
   Already dogged by a series of movie flops---his latest movie, the just-released Alice Through the Looking Glass is also tanking at the box-office--he is now the subject of a restraining order requiring him to stay 100 yards away from Amber Heard who claims in a sworn declaration that "he has been verbally and physically abusive to her" throughout their relationship. She said he "has a long-held and widely acknowledged public and private history of drug and alcohol abuse" and he was high and drunk when they got into a fight on May 21 and he threw a cellphone at her, hitting her in the cheek and eye.

with Depp a couple of years ago
   Plenty of celebrities have endured scandal with little evidence that it has hurt their careers but Depp is in a different category because much of his success has been in movies aimed at families. He has been immortalised as a Disneyland Audio-Animatronic figure for his role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, and the next installment of the long-running saga, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is set to come out next year.
  Last year Forbes magazine named him the top "overpaid" actor in Hollywood following a string of flops which have included Mordecai, The Lone Ranger, Tusk and Transcendence.
  Mark Young, professor at the USC Marshall School of Business tells Variety that Depp "is beloved by many. Thus a lot of this depends on public perception of Amber Heard and her credibility."
  He says, "Given that the public has strong affection for him, I don't think his career will suffer in the long run."

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