Several lawyers and execs have been served deposition notices as Johnny Depp’s battle against his former representative Jake Bloom rages on. Potential witnesses include former Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara, billionaire Elon Musk, power litigator Marty Singer and even Depp’s ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This has been a litigious time for Depp. He and Heard have also been exchanging suits; he filed a $50 million defamation suit against her after she wrote an op-ed about domestic violence (without naming him) in The Washington Post. She responded with a suit of her own that included what she said was video evidence of his abuse.
THR reports that Tsujihara will be asked to testify about whether he helped “blacklist” Heard at Warner Bros. at Depp’s request.
Heard, her divorce lawyer Samantha Spector, Musk (whom she dated), her sister Whitney, former neighbors of the estranged couple and their former bodyguards will also be asked to weigh in on whether Bloom advised Depp to settle with Heard in the divorce, among other things.
Depp filed his original complaint against Bloom in October of 2017; he claimed Bloom collected $30 million+ in contingent fees without a contract. Bloom countersued, citing a 20-year oral agreement and accusing Depp of failing to pay.
Meanwhile, rumors are swirling that Depp could get the boot from the mega-Fantastic Beasts franchise in the wake of all of these scandals. They’ve already reportedly cost him his role in Pirates of the Caribbean.