Johnny Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard last week, calling the actress’s claims of domestic abuse “part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity.” The suit is a response to a Washington Post op-ed that Heard, 32, wrote in December, detailing the backlash she said she faced after accusing Depp of abuse. Depp, 55, said he suffered financial losses because of the accusations, including getting dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Heard’s attorney called the suit “groundless.” The suit also accused Heard of beginning an affair with Tesla founder Elon Musk one month after Depp and Heard married in 2015. A spokesperson for Musk said the relationship began after Heard and Depp separated in May 2016.
San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer took a leave of absence this week after being videoed fighting in public with his wife, Pam. After what witnesses said was a 20-minute argument in a San Francisco park, the longtime baseball executive tried to yank his cellphone from his seated wife’s hands, dragging her to the ground as she screamed, “Oh, my God! Help!” As she continued crying out, Baer can be seen on a video published by TMZ.com shouting, “Stop, Pam, stop!” He later said it was an argument “related to a family member,” adding that his wife “fell off her chair” because she had an injured foot. The couple said they remain “happily married.”
Emma Thompson has pulled out of the upcoming Skydance Animations movie Luck to protest the studio’s hiring of disgraced former Disney-Pixar chief John Lasseter. In a letter to the studio published last week, Thompson said “it feels very odd to me” that Skydance would employ Lasseter, who left Disney in December following allegations that he repeatedly grabbed, kissed, and harassed co-workers. “If a man has been touching women inappropriately for decades,” Thompson wrote, “why would a woman want to work for him if the only reason” he’s stopped doing so is because “it says in his contract that he must behave ‘professionally’?” ■