During the Thursday, May 19, court session, jurors in the case heard testimony from the Pirates of the Caribbean star's former talent agent and an ex business manager who both alleged his issues with drugs and alcohol became a problem when working with him.
Depp's former talent agent of thirty years, Tracey Jacobs, stated in a pre-recored deposition that she was up front with the Dark Shadows actor about how showing up late consistently to sets and his behavior, including drug and alcohol use, was taking a hit on his career.
"His star had dimmed due to it getting harder to get him jobs given the reputation that he'd acquired due to his lateness and other things," Jacobs claimed in her testimony via CNN. "People were talking and the question was out there about his behavior."
Jacobs also alleged despite Depp claiming Heard's op-ed caused him to lose out on work — including tens of millions of dollars he said he was to be paid for the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film — the talent agent said she could not remember Disney committed to having Depp be apart of the film.
Depp's former business manager Joel Mandel, whose company the Edward Scissorhands actor sued in 2017 for allegedly mismanaging his earnings, also testified. "What I had always experienced as someone who liked to enjoy his wine at the end of the day became consumption that seemed excessive," he stated to the court.
"The ability to coordinate and find times when he would meet became more difficult. It became clear over time that there were issues with alcohol and drugs. And that translated into more erratic behavior, more stressful behavior, more times when it was difficult to engage in the kinds of conversation I needed to do my job," Mandel explained of Depp.
The veteran Hollywood star sued his former wife for $50 million for defamation alleging she destroyed his career with false allegations of domestic violence after penning a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post in which she claimed she was a domestic and sexual violence survivor. Heard did not directly name Depp in the article and countersued for $100 million.