Johnny Depp Will Receive Full Salary For Fantastic Beasts Despite Only Filming One Scene
Johnny Depp will still rake in his full salary from Warner Bros for Fantastic Beasts 3 despite only filming one scene before leaving the project, after his libel lawsuit was dismissed.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 57-year-old actor will still be entitled to what is said to be an eight-figure deal with the studio, meaning he'll walk away with at least $10 million (£7.6m).
Filming started for the movie on 20 September in London and Depp only shot one scene before it was announced that he will no longer play the part of Gellert Grindelwald in the J.K. Rowling series.
Depp had what is known as a 'pay-or-play contact' which requires him to be fully compensated whether or not the film is made - even if he is recast.
This all comes after Depp was dropped by Warner Bros when he lost his libel case against The Sun newspaper and executive editor Dan Wootton.
The case centred on whether an article published in The Sun, in which Depp was called a 'wife beater', was libelous.
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Depp argued the case had been aggravated by his name being included alongside that of convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein, as well as the fact The Sun retained the article on its website.
The case was decided on the balance of probabilities - a lower standard than required in a criminal case.
The Sun's article claimed that Depp had assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard, leading to a legal battle which has been described as the biggest English libel trial of the 21st century.
The newspaper claimed to have seen 'overwhelming evidence' that Depp had attacked the 34-year-old Heard, while Depp strenuously denies those allegations.
Both Depp and Heard ended up giving evidence in the 16-day-long trial, which aired the tempestuous nature of their relationship, and stories of both brutal violence and intimate detail.
Following the ruling, a spokesperson for The Sun said: "The Sun has stood up and campaigned for the victims of domestic abuse for over twenty years.
"Domestic abuse victims must never be silenced and we thank the Judge for his careful consideration and thank Amber Heard for her courage in giving evidence to the court."
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