Warner Bros. still contracted to pay Johnny Depp’s whole salary despite forced exit
Johnny Depp may be out of a job after exiting “Fantastic Beasts 3” in the wake of his libel suit loss, but he’s not out of a paycheck. Thanks to his “pay-or-play contract,” Warner Bros. will have to pay the star his full salary, even though he’s only shot one scene, THR reported Monday. Johnny, who sued The Sun over an article in which he was branded a “wife beater,” failed to convince a judge in London that he never assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard. On Nov. 2, Judge Andrew Nichol released his decision in the case, saying he believed the claims of abuse Amber made in her testimony. According to THR, that was enough for the studio to recast Johnny’s role in the franchise and he was reportedly asked to resign. Johnny’s also suing Amber in Virgina for defamation related to an op-ed she wrote about surviving domestic violence. He’s due in court later this month for a deposition in that case.