Johnny Depp has had a week no one would envy.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has had to deal with the passing of his mother, the end of his marriage, allegations of physical abuse, and now a bomb at the box office.
Amber Heard, Depp’s wife of the past fifteen months, just filed for divorce in Los Angeles citing irreconcilable differences as grounds to end the marriage. Legal papers were filed three days after the death of Depp’s mother.
The Hollywood couple had met while filming the 2011 movie “The Rum Diary,” were married in a private ceremony in February of 2015, and have no children together.
A 2015 legal incident in Australia had apparently created some tension within the relationship between Depp and Heard. During an April trip to Australia, which took place while Depp was shooting the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Heard was criminally charged with illegally bringing her two terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country.
The incident lit up the social media, tabloids, and entertainment press, ultimately requiring the couple to release an awkward apology video, which went viral.
The actress appeared in court Friday morning to petition for a restraining order against her husband, alleging abusive behavior. She purportedly provided pictures to be used as evidence to obtain the ruling from the judge, which showed herself with facial bruises.
Heard alleged that Depp had thrown a cell phone at her face and caused her injuries. She additionally claimed that the actor, while in a tirade, had smashed various objects around their apartment.
“I live in fear that Johnny will return to [our home] unannounced to terrorize me, physically and emotionally,” Heard wrote in a sworn declaration.
The judge in the case granted Heard a temporary restraining order against Depp. In what turned out to be devastating timing, the news hit the assorted public media. Friday was, of course, the premiere of Depp’s latest film, “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”
To make matters worse, the actor was out of town promoting the film and consequently was represented in court by his attorney, Laura Wasser.
Wasser seems to have handled her high-profile client’s case in an effective manner, Despite the fact that Heard was granted the restraining order as well as the right to live in the couple’s family home, the judge saw fit to reject Heard’s request for $50,000 per month in spousal support and did not order Depp into mandatory anger management.
The case is still far from over since Depp reportedly married Heard without a prenuptial agreement.
Intriguingly, when the police went to the home of Heard and Depp on Saturday evening, officers did not find any evidence of the injuries that the actress had described to the court the day before.
According to TMZ, sources at the Los Angeles Police Department indicated that they did not observe bruises on Heard’s face when interviewing the actress during the process of obtaining a statement.
Heard reportedly did not mention the cell phone attack to authorities but rather indicated that she and Depp had merely had an argument. The actress purportedly declined to file a police report concerning the matter.
Sources connected with Depp told the website that the domestic violence allegations are without merit. The same sources brought up a photo that was purportedly posted on Instagram following the alleged incident, which presents Heard minus any visible bruises. According to the sources, the Instagram photo has since been deleted.
In terms of Hollywood-style public relations, the timing of a story involving a restraining order against the star of a newly released movie is certainly unfortunate both on the personal and business sides.
The “Alice” sequel has been widely rebuffed by the film critic community. The movie took in about $9.7 million from 3,763 locations during its Friday debut. However, the expectations of the industry, due to the latest tracking of the film, were that it would debut with a weekend take that was within the range of $55 to $65 million.
Instead the film grossed only $28.1 million for the three-day weekend, with a projected $35 million for the four-day holiday weekend. This is in no way an acceptable debut for a movie that has a $170 million production budget.
If the “Alice” sequel ends up losing money for Disney, it will make it six disappointing efforts in a row for Depp: “The Rum Diary,” “Dark Shadows,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Transcendence,” “Mortdecai,” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”
Depp's last hit as a leading man was in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which premiered more than five years ago.
Memo to Johnny: Get the Jack Sparrow outfit out of storage, call, text, or email your agent, and start the cameras rolling on a new “Pirates” sequel.
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.
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