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Women filmmakers protest Johnny Depp's Spanish film award, calling it a "terrible message to the public."

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Wednesday, 11th August 2021

The San Sebastian Film Festival's decision to award Johnny Depp its highest honour on Tuesday was condemned by Spain's leading group of female filmmakers, who said it gave the international event a bad name after a British judge ruled last year that allegations of domestic violence against the actor were "substantially correct."

Cristina Andreu, President of Spain's Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media, said she was "very surprised" by the decision to award Depp the Donostia Award at the festival's 69th edition next month, which was announced on Monday. The award is the event's top prize and is intended to recognise lifetime achievement.

“This reflects very poorly on the festival and its leadership, and sends a terrible message to the public: ‘It doesn't matter if you are an abuser as long as you are a good actor,'” Andreu told The Associated Press.

She added that the association, which has close ties to the San Sebastian festival, was "studying next steps."

This year's San Sebastian International Film Festival, held in Northern Spain, runs from September 17 to September 25. Johnny Depp is set to accept the award in person on September 22nd, marking his third appearance at the event.


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An emailed request for comment from Depp’s publicist in Los Angeles went unanswered outside office hours.

Johnny Depp lost a libel case against a British newspaper that accused him of domestic violence last year, with a judge ruling that the allegations were "substantially correct." A British court denied Depp permission to appeal the ruling that he assaulted his ex-wife, Amber Heard, in March, saying his attempt to overturn the decision had "no real prospect of success."

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Depp is also suing Heard for $50 million in Virginia over an op-ed piece she wrote for the Washington Post about domestic violence. The case's trial was recently postponed until April 2022.


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