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‘Wife-beater’ Johnny may come lately, but it Deppends on producers

Some insiders think the actor’s swashbuckling days are over, others say his talent will do the talking

Jill Serjeant

Johnny Depp’s loss in a libel battle in London may be the final straw in a diminishing career as a major movie star, but much of the damage had already been done, Hollywood observers said on Monday.

Depp, 57, best known as the swaggering Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, had sued a British tabloid that labelled him a “wife beater” during his tempestuous relationship with his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard.

Depp had told the court he was never violent towards her and his lawyers described the ruling as “perverse as it is bewildering”, saying it would be ridiculous for him not to appeal...

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