AceShowbiz - During Johnny's U.K. trial in 2020, Javier Bardem issued a statement about his "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" co-star. "I love Johnny. He has always been a true gentleman and an extremely generous and caring friend to my family and myself," Javier wrote in his statement, adding that Johnny always showed "respectful attitude towards every single member of the crew alongside his unique and hilarious sense of humor."
"I stand by Johnny because I have always seen and felt a true caring and loving man in him … an extraordinary and unique artist who has listened to anyone who needed his help," he noted. At the end of his statement, the actor gushed over Johnny whom he dubbed "a good human being, trapped in the lies and manipulations of toxic beings and yet smiling and loving us all in spite of it."