“I believe that if you are armed with the truth, then that’s all you need. It doesn’t matter if a judgment has taken some artistic license.”
“When there is an injustice, whether it’s against you or someone you love, or someone you believe in, stand up, don’t sit down,” Johnny continued. “Don’t sit down on them. They need you.”
Johnny then said that he was concerned that people would be upset by him attending the festival, and that he did not want anyone to feel that way, before saying, “I haven’t done anything. I just make movies.”
After Johnny received the Donostia Award, some people were upset about it.
The San Sebastian Film Festival then issued a statement to defend the award they bestowed upon Johnny after receiving backlash.
“Following the announcement that the Donostia Award will go to the actor and producer Johnny Depp, the San Sebastian Festival has been accused of failing to display ethical behaviour in regard to violence against women,” José Luis Rebordinos, the Director of the San Sebastian Festival, said in a statement.
“According to the proven data which we have to hand, Johnny Depp has not been arrested, charged nor convicted of any form of assault or violence against any woman,” José continued.
“We repeat: he has not been charged by any authority in any jurisdiction, nor convicted of any form of violence against women.”