Johnny Depp's allegations stopped Amber Heard from getting really famous, says agent

20 May 2022, 23:38 | Updated: 21 May 2022, 00:53

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's libel trial has continued for another day
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's libel trial has continued for another day. Picture: Getty

By Daisy Stephens

Amber Heard's talent agent has claimed allegations levelled at her by Johnny Depp stopped her career taking off in the way it should have done.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Jessica Kovacevic said it was unusual for a star involved in a successful movie like Aquaman to not become a big star.

Testifying in Ms Heard and Mr Depp's high-profile libel battle, she said Ms Heard did not rise to fame in the same way as her co-star Jason Momoa because of allegations made by Johnny Depp's attorney, Adam Waldman.

Ms Kovacevic also said Ms Heard missed out on a role because of the accusations, saying: "No one can say out loud, 'We're taking this away from her because of this bad press'... but there's no other reason."

Read more: Amber Heard furiously denies assaulting Johnny Depp or previous partners as evidence ends

Read more: 'Jealous and controlling' Depp threw wine bottle across the room during fight, says ex

Ms Heard is being sued by her ex-husband Mr Depp over an article she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018.

The article was titled 'I spoke up against sexual violence - and faced our culture's wrath. That has to change' and was published in December 2018, two years after Ms Heard filed for a restraining order against Mr Depp.

His lawyers say the article falsely implies he physically and sexually abused her while they were together.

He has denied all allegations and said he himself was a victim of domestic abuse.

Johnny Depp has denied all allegations
Johnny Depp has denied all allegations. Picture: Getty

During days of gruelling questioning, Ms Heard furiously denied assaulting Johnny Depp or any previous partners.

Earlier she was accused of hitting her ex-girlfriend Tasya van Ree in 2009.

Ms Heard was arrested after she allegedly hit van Ree on the arm and pulled her necklace off but charges were quickly dropped.

Ms Heard said in court: "I've never assaulted any partner.

"I've never assaulted Mr Depp or any other person I was romantically linked to, ever."

Read more: Amber Heard accused of photoshopping images of injuries after fighting with Johnny Depp

Read more: 'It changed my life': Tearful Amber Heard recalls first time Johnny Depp 'slapped her'

Mr Depp has also been under the spotlight during proceedings.

On Thursday his former girlfriend said he was "jealous and controlling" and claimed he once threw a wine bottle across the room during a fight.

She also claimed Mr Depp had become "very, very angry" when he saw she had a scratch on her back, and accused her of sleeping with someone else.

Ms Heard wrote an article in 2018, which Mr Depp's lawyers said implied he was a domestic abuser
Ms Heard wrote an article in 2018, which Mr Depp's lawyers said implied he was a domestic abuser. Picture: Getty

During her cross-examination earlier in the week, Mr Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez questioned Ms Heard directly about the alleged defamatory statements made in the op-ed.

Ms Heard admitted that she had publicly accused Mr Depp of domestic violence in 2016, after giving testimony during her application for the restraining order, but said the article was "not just about Johnny" and was about her experiences after the relationship had ended.

"That was the more interesting thing for me to write about," she said.

Addressing her description of a large ship being hit by an iceberg and being "patched up" by lots of people, she said Mr Depp had been "included" in the analogy, along with other public figures "being accused as well".

"I was talking about a bigger issue than just Johnny... when powerful men do something horrible or that they shouldn't, how there is a system in place to protect them, to clean up after them," she told the court.

"This was a reference to not just Johnny but what was happening as a culture when we were addressing a lot of MeToo issues.

"(It was) not just about him, but he is included in that yes... but I wrote this in the context of many men at the time, public figures in the public eye being accused as well.

"So it was a reference in general to a larger phenomenon, not just Johnny."

The trial continues.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Rishi Sunak says the election will take place in the second half of the year

Rishi Sunak refuses to rule out July election after Rwanda bill passes

Temperatures are expected to heat up by the start of May

Exact date Brits to bask in first 'official heatwave of the year' as temperatures to soar above 20C

Activists help migrants to pack their belongings in a makeshift camp in Paris

Police clear migrant camp in central Paris in pre-Olympics sweep, say aid groups

The embassy of China in Berlin

German EU politician’s aide arrested on suspicion of spying for China

Donald Trump

‘Catch and kill’ to be described to jurors in Trump’s hush money trial

The basement area is available for £5,000 - but hasn't been excavated yet

'Basement area' for sale in south London for just £5,000 - but you have to excavate the property yourself

Bosnian police arrest a suspect

Bosnia police arrest 23 suspected of being part of drug kingpin’s ‘inner circle’

Rishi Sunak is visting Poland

Rishi Sunak defends British RAF planes shooting down drones over Israel but not Ukraine

The Princess of Wales has released a picture of Prince Louis to mark his 6th Birthday

"Happy 6th Birthday, Prince Louis!" Kate shares her adorable birthday snap of young Prince

Dangerous people smuggling gangs are "pushing people out to sea" to their deaths, Rishi Sunak said

Smuggling gangs 'pushing people out to sea' to their deaths, PM says - as French police share photos of flimsy boats

Two people have been arrested

Time to pay the bill: Two arrests in hunt for prolific 'dine-and-dash couple' after £329 bill left unpaid at restaurant

People look at fragments of the television tower which was hit by a Russian missile in Kharkiv

Russian strike on Kharkiv TV tower part of intimidation campaign, says Zelensky

Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman 'considered assisted dying at Dignitas' amid Parkinson's struggle

Nancy Gonzalez was sentenced to 18 months in jail on Monday

Celebrity fashion designer jailed for smuggling protected wildlife handbags into US

Foods have been locked up in supermarkets across the country

Tesco locks £4.85 salmon fillets in plastic security boxes to prevent shoplifting as cases surges across the country

Kate has not commented publicly on Louis' birthday

Kate stays silent for Prince Louis' sixth birthday, with no new photo published in break with tradition