Amber Heard was “on the verge of a meteoric rise” in the face of negative press caused by allegedly defamatory comments by Johnny Depp’s legal team, a court heard.
Entertainment industry expert Kathryn Arnold, said she believes Ms Heard lost up to $50m (£40m) after her claims of abuse by her ex-partner were branded as a “game” by Adam Waldman. hoax” in 2020.
Mr Depp is suing Ms Heard for $50m (£40m) over the article, which his lawyer says falsely implies he physically and sexually abused her while they were together.
Mr Depp has denied all allegations.
Ms Heard is suing for $100m (£79.5m) over Mr Waldman’s comments.
Giving testimony in the final week of the six-week defamation case, Ms. Arnold said Ms. Heard suffered from a negative publicity campaign on social media and continued to lose job opportunities.
She also said that Mr. Depp’s numerous public lawsuits and “erratic behavior” contributed to his career’s downfall before Ms. Heard’s article was published and that the article had no effect on Mr. his reputation or damage.
“Amber has had a pretty long career for someone so young… she’s had a steady career as an actress,” she said.
“Her career was moving steadily up very well and was on the upswing with Aquaman and Aquaman 2, prior to the (defamatory) claims.”
She added that the online backlash has made it difficult for (brands) to work with Amber on any level because of the negatives brought to their product, service or movie” and the ongoing campaign. out.
“In the general public it’s very negative, in the industry they like her work but they can’t work with her right now because every time her name is mentioned the negativity flares up.”
Ms. Arnold said that despite questions about Ms Heard not being hired for Aquaman 2, the film’s director James Wan and star Jason Momoa remained “committed” to the actress.
She added that Ms Heard was “comparable” to actors including Mr Momoa, the Wonder Woman star, Gal Gadot and Zendaya, all of whom have landed lucrative deals with brands and brands. film and other television.
Ms Arnold said Ms Heard’s potential loss over a five-year period could be between $45 million and £50 million (£36 million).
Closing arguments in the case are expected to be made on Friday.
British supermodel Kate Moss, who dated Mr Depp in the 1990s, is also expected to appear in court by video link later this week to give evidence, a source close to Mr Depp confirmed. received with the new PA agency.
Both Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard gave evidence themselves, and Ms. Heard concluded her testimony last Wednesday.
Mr Depp’s legal team appeared to celebrate when Mrs Heard mentioned Ms Moss, as she described hearing rumors that Mr Depp pushed the model down the stairs.
Juries have previously heard multiple allegations of both physical and sexual abuse against the actor, with testimony provided by those including Whitney, Mrs. Heard’s sister, friend Raquel Pennington and a partner Depp’s other former collaborator, actor Ellen Barkin.
In a video shown in court last week, Animal Kingdom star Ms Barkin claimed Mr Depp was controlling in their brief relationship.