Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-lawyer drags in Elon Musk and former Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujihara as it is alleged that he tried to get ex-wife Amber Heard fired from Aquaman film
- Depp’s longtime former lawyer Jake Bloom is behind the deposition requests
- Depp sued Bloom claiming he collected $30 million without a signed contract
- Actor’s suit also claims Bloom advised him poorly in his split with Amber Heard
- Now Bloom’s team is deposing high-powered executives and lawyers
- Heard’s ex-boyfriend Elon Musk and Tsujihara are among those deposed
Actor Johnny Depp’s legal battle with his former lawyer is generating depositions targeting a bevy of Hollywood legal and business elite, according to reports.
The legal team of Depp’s longtime ex-lawyer Jake Bloom fired off the depositions in response to the superstar actor’s $30 million lawsuit accusing Bloom of taking fees without a written contract, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The suit also accuses Bloom of giving Depp bad legal advice regarding his divorce with Amber Heard, despite the fact that Depp had other attorneys advising on the split.
Bloom was Depp’s attorney for decades before their relationship turned south in 2017. The high powered lawyer says that he had a valid verbal agreement with Depp.
Johnny Depp’s (left) legal battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard (right) has spilled into a second lawsuit Depp filed against his own former attorney
Depp accused his ex-lawyer Jake Bloom (above) of collecting millions of fees without a contract, and of giving him bad advice in his split with Heard. Bloom’s own legal team has responded with a fusillade of deposition requests
Bloom’s legal team has now requested depositions from Heard’s ex-boyfriend Elon Musk, as well as former Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara.
Tsujihara will be asked to testify under oath about whether or not he played a role in attempting to ‘blacklist’ Heard from the Warner Bros. Aquaman film, sources familiar with the deposition requests tell the Hollywood Reporter.
Following their 2016 split, Depp is alleged to have personally lobbied Tsujihara to remove the actress from Aquaman and block her from other projects.
Heard did appear in the DC Comics film, however, and would have been hard to re-cast, since she had already appeared as Mera in Justice League.
Tsujihara himself resigned as head of the studio last month in the wake of casting couch misconduct allegations.
Lawyers representing Bloom have also served requests to high-profile attorneys Marty Singer, Patricia Glaser, Blair Berk, and Heard’s and Depp’s respective divorce attorneys.
Heard’s ex-boyfriend Elon Musk (left) and former Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara have both been sent deposition requests from Bloom’s legal team
It is only the latest fallout from Depp’s legal battles with Bloom and Heard, whom he has named in a $50 million defamation suit over her domestic violence allegations.
Heard battled back in recently filed court documents that described in graphic detail how Depp allegedly beat and choked her during alcohol- and drug-fueled binges.
The affair has cast doubt on Depp’s future with Warner Bros. where he is the face of the Fantastic Beasts series in the role of Grinderwald.
Three more films are still planned in the series.
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books on which the films are based, has previously spoken out in a strong statement supporting Depp.
‘Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies,’ Rowling said.
Depp (above) allegedly tried to prevent Heard from getting cast in Aquaman
Rowling added that she ‘can’t wait’ for fans to see third installment The Crimes of Grindelwald.
‘I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role,’ Rowling continued. ‘However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.’
Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, has maintained that that Heard is orchestrating ‘a hoax’ as she insists the man she filed for divorce from in May 2016, tried to choke her.
‘Ms. Heard has a new problem besides defamation, perjury and filing and receiving a fraudulent temporary restraining order demand with the court: We are now interviewing other women who have come forward claiming they are victims of horrific acts of violence and other abuse at the hands of Amber Heard, in addition to Johnny Depp and Tasya van Rhee, the latter of whom Ms. Heard was previously arrested and incarcerated for assaulting,’ Waldman said in a statement to The New York Post last week.