Jack Sparrow Halloween costume sales “spike” following Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial

It’s claimed sales of the costume are up 90 per cent at an online retailer

Sales of Jack Sparrow costumes for Halloween have reportedly spiked following the trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow across five films in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, with the last being 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales.

According to TMZ, the world’s largest costume retailer, Halloweencostumes.com, has seen sales spike by 90 per cent for Jack Sparrow outfits this year.

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The retailer sells two different costumes of the character – a basic one for $85 to $95 (£75 to £84), and a premium one for $245 to $299 (£216 to £264). According to the outlet, stocks have already been depleted by more than 85 per cent.

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Johnny Depp CREDIT: Cliff Owen/Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images

The sales boost comes after Depp’s trial against ex-wife Heard earlier this year, where the actor sued Heard for defamation over a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post.

The trial concluded in June with the jury siding with Depp, who was awarded $10million (£8million) in compensatory damages and $5million in punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2million for a counterclaim against Depp.

In July, Heard filed an official notice to appeal the outcome of the trial.

A sixth instalment in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise is currently in development, which is believed to be the first without Jack Sparrow.

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Since the trial concluded, Depp has announced plans to direct his first film in 25 years, released a collaborative album with Jeff Beck, and earned £3million after selling his debut art collection.

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