Why Was Johnny Depp Dropped From Pirates of the Caribbean?

Depp and Heard married in 2015 after three years of dating.

They separated in May 2016, with Heard filing for divorce. At the time, Heard alleged Depp was physically abusive throughout their marriage (which Depp has denied), and she filed a restraining order against him.

The two settled their divorce in 2016, with Depp paying Heard a settlement of $7 million.

Two years later, Heard wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Dec. 18, 2018, that was titled "I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture's wrath.

That has to change," in which the "Aquaman" actress wrote about her alleged experiences

Although she never named Depp, given her previous accusations and contextual clues throughout the essay alluding to a timeline

many readers immediately suspected Depp was the alleged subject of the op-ed.

Four days after Heard's piece went live, The Hollywood Reporter reported Depp would not be in future Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Disney executive Sean Bailey never specifically cited the op-ed and Heard's allegations for their decision to stop working with Depp.