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Johnny Depp plots career revival following court win

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Less than a week after winning a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp appears ready to restart his career.

British guitarist Jeff Beck announced during a concert in Gateshead, England, that he will release a new album with the 58-year-old actor, who stood beside him onstage.

The announcement came amid the fallout of the widely-publicized, closely-watched six week trial, during which Depp alleged Heard, 36, defamed him by calling herself a domestic abuse survivor in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. The jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages and Heard $2 million — for defamatory comments made by Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman in a Daily Mail article. Legal experts have called the verdict a decisive win for Depp, and it is being celebrated as such by fervent fans online and mourned by others, who see Heard’s loss as a sign the #MeToo movement is losing steam.

Beck and Depp’s album, which will come out in July, could signal a swift attempt to relaunch Depp’s career. During the trial, Depp said that Heard’s allegations had damaged his career and led Disney to drop him from “Pirates of the Caribbean 6.” “The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun,” he said in a statement after the jury returned its verdict.

The publicity surrounding the trial could help Depp with a restart, said Eve Ng, a communications professor at Ohio University and author of “Cancel Culture: A Critical Analysis. “I bet there are people who wouldn’t have even looked at this album, but now are going to be like, ‘I’m going to go out and buy that just to support him,’” Ng said.

That process could be harder for Heard. She has appeared in multiple films such as “The Rum Diary,” and “Pineapple Express,” but wrote in The Postop-ed that friends and advisers told her she would be blacklisted for coming forward with accusations against Depp (who is not named in the piece). Despite starring in “Aquaman,” she wrote that she had to fight to keep her role in the sequel and attributed it to “wrath for women who speak out.”

“She can’t win,” said Ng. “If she lays low and waits for it to blow over, then people who think that she deserves all the horrible backlash that she got will have won. … But if she tries to come up with a project like Johnny Depp did, her detractors will say, ‘Oh, she’s just trying to do that to make us forget her terrible behavior.’”

Heard, who accused Depp of physical violence, lamented the outcome of case. Her attorney has said she will appeal the decision.“I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband,” Heard said in a statement.

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