Johnny Depp could become highest paid actor ever as he wins defamation trial

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Hollywood star Johnny Depp's win in his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday will help send him straight back to the Hollywood A-list.

One reputation management consultant even believes Depp's movie career will "sky rocket" and could even become "the highest paid actor ever."

Alexandra Villa of In House PR feels Heard and her team "face an uphill battle" to recover in the near future, but could too rebound as "Hollywood loves a comeback"

Depp, who the jury awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages in his defamation suit,

The jury also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages.

Depp sued Heard for $50 million after she wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018 in which she called herself a "public figure representing domestic abuse." Heard countersued Depp for $100 million.

PR expert Villa, who has represented Oscar nominated stars and films over two decades, said: "There is an argument that Johnny is now once again one of the world's most bankable stars.

"His career is going to skyrocket. He not only has the heart of the consumer in his hands, he may be able to pick and choose some of the biggest movies coming out in the next few years.

"He could become the world's highest paid actor ever..

"Johnny has made Hollywood studios billions of dollars over the past few decades. That is why he has 40 years of work and projects beloved by the audience.

"An example, I feel, in the public's support is his fragrance Sauvage selling record amounts.

"And the TV networks are playing the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies here in the US again one right after another.

"In the eyes of the majority of the public, he has suffered and exposed his life of misery and challenges in his relationships at times. "Johnny had to put his whole life out for public scrutiny, good and bad, but he did it not for the money, but for his reputation to be restored.

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"Johnny also did this for his kids to clear his name in public."

Asked whether she thinks Disney will rehire him for their planned Pirates Of The Caribbean reboots, Villa replied: "He was the golden boy for Disney when the Pirates films made billions, so never say never. At the end of the day money talks and profits talk."

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