Johnny Depp says ‘no one safe’ from cancel culture

Nobody is safe from “cancel culture or this instant rush to judgment,” Johnny Depp said this week at a Spanish film festival where he accepted a lifetime achievement award.

The Hollywood star — who lost a libel case against a UK tabloid that labeled him a “wife beater” — appeared to be making a reference to the #MeToo movement while speaking Wednesday with journalists at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Last year, a British judge found the allegations by his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, 35, to be “substantially correct.”

“It’s a very complex situation, this cancel culture or this instant rush to judgment based on essentially what amounts to polluted air,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star said Wednesday.

“The various movements that came out, I’m sure with the best of intentions – however, it’s got so far out of hand that I can assure you, no one is safe. Not one of you, so long as someone is willing to say one thing,” the three-time Oscar nominee added.

Depp sued the publisher of The Sun over claims he was violent to Heard during their volatile two-year marriage — but the lurid details of his private life that emerged during the libel trial damaged his reputation after he lost it.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were married from 2015 to 2017 and were embroiled in a nasty divorce proceeding that included numerous allegations of abuse.
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The actor said he was asked to step down from his role in the “Fantastic Beasts” movie franchise based on the book by “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.

Female filmmakers and others had assailed the festival organizer’s decision to distinguish Depp with the Donostia Award, its highest honor, saying it tarnished the event’s image and delivered the wrong message to victims of gender violence.

Spain’s Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media said that awards should not be given based exclusively on professional or artistic achievements.

Amber Heard.
Johnny Depp has claimed that Amber Heard’s accusations have resulted in him being “blacklisted” by Hollywood.
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“What is the message that remains when men denounced for sexist violence are applauded, photographed on red carpets, surrounded by unconditional fans?” the association said on Twitter while acknowledging the “complexity” of the issue.

The “Edward Scissorhands” star, who spoke to reporters hours before the award’s gala, addressed the controversy despite the festival’s request for media questions to be limited to his career.

A press conference moderator blocked a question from a reporter about the female association’s criticism.

Johnny Depp in "Fantastic Beasts."
Johnny Depp was reportedly asked to step down from his role in the “Fantastic Beasts” movie franchise over the accusations.
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“It takes one sentence, then there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled,” Depp said without mentioning Heard or the libel cases.

“It’s not just me that it’s happened to. It’s happened to a lot of people: women, men, children have suffered from various types of unpleasantries that sadly at a certain point they begin to think it’s normal, that it’s them. It’s not,” he added.

A Virginia judge has ruled that the “Dark Shadows” star could proceed with pressing libel charges against Heard over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that she wrote claiming she had been a victim of domestic violence during their tumultuous marriage.

Johnny Depp.
“It takes one sentence, then there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled,” Johnny Depp said.
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Depp has claimed that his ex’s accusations have resulted in him being “blacklisted” by Hollywood, which he believes to be the reason his latest film, “Minamata,” has yet to open in US theaters.

The couple were married from 2015 to 2017 and were embroiled in a nasty divorce proceeding that included numerous allegations of abuse.

They have both denied mistreating each other, though they acknowledged in a joint statement in 2016 that their “relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile.”

With Post wires