There Are No Winners in the Deep v. Heard Verdict



Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed filmmaker Warren D. Robinson (image below).

On a recent Price of Business, Host Kevin Price visited with filmmaker and critic, Warren D. Robinson.

The Jury has spoken and they found that Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp was defamed by ex-wife Amber Heard, finding her guilty on all three counts while only finding him liable (through the words of his attorney) on one of her three alleged defamatory claims. While Depp may have emerged from both the court of public opinion and the court of law victorious (while Heard can claim a partial victory), ultimately there are no winners in this case according to lawyer, producer and entertainment executive Warren D. Robinson. He believes that both sides inflicted mortal wounds to the larger movements they purport to represent. “Amber Heard losing this case as well as the public excoriation she faced will likely have a negative effect on victims of domestic abuse coming forward, especially when the perpetrator is rich and famous. On the other hand Johnny Depp has said that he “got his voice back” but he failed to look at how this ruling could curtail the free speech rights of many by lowering the threshold to establish defamation of a public figure.” Robinson believes the biggest loser in this whole debacle is the public. “We love to watch the sordid, sad and messy details of people’s lives. We root for their downfalls and this trial only fed that beast. The fact, in some circles, this garnered more interest than school children being murdered reveals just how low, we as a nation have fallen.”

According to a statement, “Entertainment executive and producer, Warren D. Robinson believes that when organizations are willing to have open and honest conversations about race and their own bias they can commit to meaningful change. We have seen this recently in the form of Hollywood award shows, particularly, the Grammys and the Academy Awards (Oscars). The Recording Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have both taken concrete steps to diversify their ranks and address inherit biases in their voting processes. As a result we have the most diverse crop of award winners/nominees, respectively, we’ve ever seen. Contrast that with the scandal and production shutdown currently at CBS’s The Talk, which resulted because a co-host was unable to properly engage in a conversation about race, address her own bias and commit to doing better. ‘The key part to every conversation’ Warren says, ‘starts with listening. Listening and hearing are different and if you are unable to listen then you are unable to have a conversation.’


“Warren D. Robinson, is an avid and accomplished entertainment executive, motivational speaker, host, life coach and award winning producer who created the wildly popular series, Buried by the Bernards, which is currently streaming on Netflix.


“Warren has served as an entertainment consultant, manager and producer, facilitating, appearing and negotiating high powered deals on behalf of his clients in front of such companies as: Warner Brothers, BET, CNN, Freemantle, Best Buy, TV ONE, Netflix, Lifetime, Fox News, WE TV, E!, NBC Universal, Viacom and more. In addition, Warren’s entertainment prowess includes coordinating, partnering and/or producing events for: legendary actress Pam Grier, Taraji P Henson, Gabrielle Union, Vivica A Fox, Soul singer Eddie Levert (of the O’Jays), Comedian Mike Epps, Angie Stone, Flavor Flav, the Indianapolis Colts, Donna Joyner-Richardson, Stephanie Mills, Erykah Badu and Tom Joyner among others. Warren graduated from Indiana University (B.A.-Political Science) and Howard University School Of Law (J.D.).”

Learn more about Warren D. Robinson and his work here.



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