San Sebastian Film Festival has stayed on their decision of honouring Johnny Depp even during his legitimate battle with ex-wife Amber Heard. Earlier, the festival had declared that Depp would be honoured with the Donostia Award which was lately handed over to the likes of Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, and Ethan Hawke.
Formerly, in an announcement, via ET Canada, the director of the festival, José Luis Rebordinos, defended their judgment by alleging that Depp hasn’t been ‘arrested, charged, nor convicted of any form of aggression or violence against any woman.’ “He has not been charged by any authority in any jurisdiction, nor convicted of any form of violence against women,” the director prompted. He also stated that they have prioritized two principles from their organization — ‘presumption of innocence and ‘right to reintegration.’
After the statement of presenting Depp with the Donostia Award was shared on social media, cyber citizens took to giving their viewpoints over the whole situation. Many insisted that the judgment by the festival was improper given Depp’s ongoing legal fight with ex-wife Amber Heard, while many greeted the decision with open arms declaring that Depp’s artistry deserves recognition.
Rebordinos also spoke of, “I would like to repeat our commitment to fighting inequality, the abuse of power and violence against women. As well as meeting the commitments acquired in the Charter for Parity and the Inclusion of Women in Cinema, the festival has consciously promoted the presence of female professionals at the head of its departments,” adding that they are always working towards dismissing violence and determining innocence.
Due to his legal problems with Heard, Depp was formerly dropped from Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts franchise where he was featuring as Grindelwald. According to ET Canada, director Andrew Levitas had even spoken about his film Minamata being postponed by MGM because of Depp’s arrival.