Johnny Depp says ‘no one safe’ from cancel culture as he accepts lifetime award

Johnny Depp has blasted cancel culture in today's society, saying that "no one is safe" from instant judgement.

The Hollywood star, 57, lashed out at modern cancel culture as he accepted a lifetime achievement award at the 69th San Sebastián film festival in northern Spain on Wednesday.

The US actor was handed the Donostia award – the Spanish film festival's highest honour – which was handed to Johnny "in recognition of his career".

The prestigious Donostia award has previously been awarded to stars included Meryl Streep, Ian McKellen, Robert De Niro and Richard Gere.

Speaking to reporters at the annual event, Johnny appeared to cite movements like the #MeToo campaign, which has targeted the sexual assault and harassment of women.

The three-time Oscar nominee suggested that although such moments had the "best of intentions", he thought things had now gotten out of hand.

He said: "The various movements that came out, I’m sure with the best of intentions – however it’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe."

He then took aim at cancel culture, saying: "This cancel culture or this instant rush to judgment based on essentially what amounts to polluted air that’s exhaled."

He added: "No one safe, but I believe that if you are armed with the truth then that’s what you need."

It comes after Depp lost his libel case against The Sun last year which had labelled him a "wife-beater".

Depp had sued the publisher of the newspaper following claims that he had been violent to his ex-wife Amber Heard, 34, during their marriage.

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The judge ruled that Depp had assaulted Heard on a number of occasions and put her in "fear for her life" three times.

Depp has repeatedly denied that he was violent towards Heard.

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