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Forensic accountant Michael Spindler told the court that for this case he was tasked with investigating Johnny Depp’s shortfall, analyzing the period following the publication of Amber Heard’s first-person Washington column. Post, from December 18, 2018 to October 31, 2020.

He reviewed the actor’s accounting records as well as contracts, deposition transcripts and trial testimony, according to the court.

“I have concluded that Mr. Depp suffered a shortfall of approximately $40 million,” he told the jury.

He says there are two main elements to this – firstly the loss of Depp’s role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the upcoming sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film.

The actor’s agent, Jack Whigham, told the court yesterday that a $22.5 million deal had been struck for the role.

Mr Spindler says he calculated the net income Depp would have received based on that testimony.

He tells the jury that he also looked at other roles – films and endorsements. He says he reviewed the actor’s bookings in 2017, instances where he was hired for a project.

Bookings were “around $17.5 million” for the year, Mr Spindler said.

After the column was published through October 31, 2020, they calculated what Depp should have earned using 2017 as the “typical” year, the accountant said.

Mr. Spindler’s analysis is now presented to the court.

Losing Pirates 6 equates to lost revenue of $20,250,000, he says — the $22.5 million fee less agent fees.

Using the $17.5 million as a typical revenue rate for other projects in a year, it was calculated that Depp lost about $20,068,237, the court heard.

Thus, the total lost revenue for this period is estimated at $40,318,237, according to the court.


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