Justice prevailed for Johnny Depp during the highly publicized defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard. It all started with Heard’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed, in which she accused Depp of domestic violence. The actor filed a libel lawsuit against ‘The Sun’ for calling him a ‘wife-beater.’ He later filed a $50 million lawsuit against Amber Heard in the US. He eventually won the lawsuit.
However, during the trial in Fairfax County, Virginia, both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard faced vitriol and scrutiny, both from the public and the industry. The industry and the internet were divided over extending support to the two. During the trial, many industry executives and brands pulled the plug on projects and deals with the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor. But Dior did not succumb to the pressure, and they signed the actor for the brand’s biggest ad campaign.
Dior And Johnny Depp Deal Is Deemed As The Biggest Fragrance Deal Ever
In 2015, Parfums Christian Dior signed Johnny Depp for their Dior Sauvage campaign. During the press release for the campaign, LVMH called him “an icon of contemporary virility.” They advertised the new fragrance with Depp as the wild rockstar. But the brand was pressured to sever ties with the actor during the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard UK libel trial.
Nevertheless, the trial did not affect the sales of the perfume at all. As per WSJ Magazine, in June 2022, the cologne was the best-selling men’s fragrance at Sephora and Ulta. It was the fourth-best-selling eau de parfum on Amazon’s website. Now, the ties between Johnny Depp and Dior have strengthened further, with the company signing the actor for a $20 million+ deal.
Currently, actors like Robert Pattinson and Brad Pitt are the biggest faces of the fragrances at the brand. As per insiders, the famous faces earn $2 million to $4 million with fragrance deals. So, the Depp and Dior deal is the biggest one yet for a male celebrity which will also help Johnny better his image after the whirlwind trial.
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The Actor Is All Set To Don The Director’s Hat For ‘Modi’
Cannes Film Festival 2023 will be very special for Johnny Depp. On May 16, 2023, he will be attending the premiere of ‘Jeanne du Barry,’ in which he plays King Louis XV. Along with this, he will be bankrolling his directorial venture after 25 years at Cannes, titled ‘Modi.’
The story is based on the life of the famous Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. It is based on a play by Dennis McIntyre. The film stars Riccardo Scamarcio in the titular role and other actors like Al Pacino and Pierre Niney. The film’s shooting starts this fall.
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