Johnny Depp's Famous Exes Could Get Pulled Into His Latest Lawsuit

The list includes Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley, Marion Cotillard, and Ellen Barkin.

Johnny Depp's legal issues are about to get a lot more complicated — for his exes. Just a month after he lost a public libel case against The Sun, which called him a "wife beater" back in 2018, Depp's $50 million defamation suit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, is headed to court in Virginia. That case involves an essay she wrote for The Washington Post, which pleaded for Congress to strengthen protections for survivors of domestic violence. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a producer who worked with Depp explained that he has "just never been told no for the past 35 years. That's typical in Hollywood. But I've never seen it to this extent."

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Depp believes that Heard's article lead to his removal from Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Unlike his previous case against The Sun, Depp will be responsible for providing concrete proof that the article lead to malice against him. The court is also reportedly requesting that Depp produce "all responsive communications" with former romantic partners, including Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Barkin, Vanessa Paradis, and Lori Anne Allison. The case will go to trial early next year.

In the case against The Sun, Depp denied assaulting Heard, including head-butting her, tearing out clumps of her hair, and hitting her head with a telephone. The Hollywood Reporter also noted that text messages were included in the case, including an exchange with Paul Bettany, where Depp described wanting to drown Heard and burn her.

"You simply can't work with him now," a studio head mentioned to THR. "He's radioactive."

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