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Johnny Depp slams cancel culture before receiving honorary award amid Amber Heard battle

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Johnny Depp, 58, has claimed he is a victim of cancel culture while attending the San Sebastian Film Festival 2021 today. The actor is set to receive the honorary Donostia Award at the festival today amid his legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard, 35.

Before accepting his award, Johnny hit out at cancel culture at a press conference and argued “no one is safe” from it.

Johnny said while discussing the situation: “It can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted, this cancel culture, this instant rush to judgement based on what essentially amounts to polluted air.

“It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. 

“Not one of you. No one out that door. No one is safe.”

He added in quotes obtained by Deadline: “It takes one sentence and there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled. 

“It’s not just me that this has happened to, it’s happened to a lot of people. This type of thing has happened to women, men. 

“Sadly at a certain point they begin to think that it’s normal. Or that it’s them. When it’s not.”

Johnny appeared to allude to his libel case with The Sun over being branded a “wife-beater”, which he lost last year, in further comments.

 

The London judge concluded that the 2018 article which labelled Depp a “wife beater” was not libellous and added “the great majority” of his ex Amber Heard’s claims of domestic abuse “could be proved to the civil standard”.

He continued: “It doesn’t matter if a judgement, per se, has taken some artistic license. 

“When there’s an injustice, whether it’s against you or someone you love, or someone you believe in – stand up, don’t sit down. 

“Cause they need you.”

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The Pirates Of The Caribbean star went on to admit he was “worried” that appearing at the film festival this year “would offend people”, as he insisted he “didn’t want to offend anyone”.

He also showed his gratitude to the event, its director Jose Luis Rebordinos, and the mayor of San Sebastian for their “undying support”.

Depp went on to praise the festival for “not buying what has been, for far too long, some notion of me that doesn’t exist”.

“I haven’t done anything, I just make movies,” Depp claimed.

The UK lawsuit’s verdict resulted in Warner Bros dropping the actor from his role in its Fantastic Beasts franchise.

Johnny now has a $50M defamation lawsuit against his ex Amber, which is set to go to trial in the US in April next year.

Amber is pursuing a $100M counterclaim in response.

Fairfax County Chief Judge Penney Azcarate rejected actress Amber’s motion to dismiss the case.

“Defendant’s claim that refusing to recognize the U.K. Judgment in this case would set a dangerous precedent is unfounded,” Azcarate said. 

“If anything, upholding English libel judgments in the United States would create the chilling effect and could create a dangerous precedent. Accordingly, this Court is unpersuaded by Defendant’s argument.”

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