Well, there's a lot shaking in Secret Sun City, and the syncs are swarming like starlings all over the liminal sphere. I hadn't planned on getting into the whole Johnny Depp thing again, but then he and Jeff Beck had to go and cover a Killing Joke stomper during a victory gig at Royal Albert Hall. And as you might imagine, a new gaping hole then opened up in the Swiss cheese we once naively called "Reality."
• Heard was married to actor Johnny Depp from 2015 to 2017. Their divorce drew media attention when Heard alleged that Depp had been abusive throughout their relationship and pledged the proceeds of her settlement to charity.
• In 2018 and 2020, Heard stated that she had donated the entire $7 million settlement to charity; in 2022, she acknowledged she had yet to fully do so, citing legal costs...
• In 2018, Depp filed a lawsuit against the publishers of British tabloid The Sun for libel over an article that asked, "How can JK Rowling be 'genuinely happy' casting Johnny Depp in the [then] new Fantastic Beasts film after assault claim?
• In 2018, Heard wrote, with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an op-ed published in Heard's name by The Washington Post under a title stating, "I spoke up against sexual violence" with text stating, "two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse."
• Heard followed her tweet about the published article with a tweet announcing her appointment as an ACLU ambassador for women's rights. Heard has also been appointed as a Human Rights Champion for the United Nations' Human Rights Office.
• In 2019, Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against Heard in relation to the 2018 op-ed. In 2020, Heard filed a counterclaim inclusive of a claim of defamation originally over statements made by Depp as well as by his lawyer Adam Waldman.
• In 2020, Heard testified as witness in the Depp v News Group Newspapers Ltd trial from which the judge "found that the great majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp have been proved to the civil standard."
• In 2022 the Depp v. Heard trial came to court in Fairfax County, Virginia where the jury found that Heard defamed Depp with the op-ed's references to "sexual violence" and "domestic abuse", and that Waldman defamed Heard in alleging she "roughed up" their penthouse as part of a "hoax" but that Waldman's "sexual violence hoax" and "abuse hoax" allegations had not been proven defamatory.
• The court awarded Depp and Heard US$10.35 million and US$2 million respectively from each other.
George Jacob Jung (August 6, 1942 – May 5, 2021), nicknamed Boston George and El Americano, was an American drug trafficker and smuggler who was a major figure in the cocaine trade in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s. Jung and his partner Carlos Lehder smuggled cocaine into the United States for the Colombian Medellín Cartel. Jung was sentenced to 70 years in prison in 1994 on conspiracy charges, but was released in 2014. Jung was portrayed by Johnny Depp in the biopic Blow (2001).
Yeah, bad news. And another case of an insecure Hollywood pretty boy sucking up to a criminal in hopes of having some of that transgressive mojo rub some macho off on him.
I have also been thinking about Johnny Depp.
More precisely, I've been thinking about some things Depp said at the Boston premiere of "Black Mass," the new film in which he plays the gangster James "Whitey" Bulger. Speaking to reporters before the screening at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline – on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, coincidentally – Depp was at pains to emphasize the human qualities of the serial killer he portrays in the film.
"There's a kind heart in there," he said. "There's a cold heart in there. There's a man who loves. There's a man who cries. There's a lot to the man."
Bulger was convicted in 2013 of involvement in at least 11 murders and numerous other crimes; he is now in federal prison serving two life sentences. But Depp said his priority as an actor "was to understand him first and foremost as a human being." He described Bulger as "a man of honor" toward those he loved, and rejected the notion that he was innately wicked. "Everybody, especially the families of his victims, could say: 'He's just an evil person.' I don't believe that exists," Depp said. "People have their humanity.... There's a side of James Bulger who is not just that man who was in that business."
Depp's comments understandably offended many, especially those whose loved ones suffered from Bulger's brutality. To be sure, the Hollywood star was talking about his technique as an actor and his approach to the role of a notorious monster. Perhaps some of his remarks should have been saved for an acting class rather than the red carpet.
“In minutes the drug would take over, and about eight or nine men — Dr. Pfeiffer and several men in suits who were not doctors — would give us tests to see how we reacted. Eight convicts in a panic and paranoid state. Total loss of appetite. Hallucinating. The room would change shape. Hours of paranoia and feeling violent. We experienced horrible periods of living nightmares and even blood coming out of the walls. Guys turning to skeletons in front of me. I saw a camera change into the head of a dog. I felt like I was going insane.”