Two acclaimed film festivals—San Sebastian and Karlovy Vary—are doubling down after being criticized for their support of beleaguered star Johnny Depp. San Sebastian announced its decision to give Depp a lifetime achievement honor, prompting an immediate backlash.
Spain’s Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media issued a statement saying it was “very surprised” such a prestigious event would honor a man accused by his ex-wife Amber Heard of emotional and physical abuse.
In the U.S., Depp was swiftly ousted from Fantastic Beasts after losing a libel case against The Sun, in which he used them for referring to him as a “wife beater.” The court sided with the paper, citing substantial evidence. MGM also decided to not release Minamata in theaters following the ruling.