Johnny Depp ‘in his element’ as he was spotted on stage for the first time since the verdict

Johnny Depp, 58, is currently touring the UK with Jeff Back as he took to the stage in Gateshead and celebrated his court win with a pint and fish and chips on Wednesday

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Johnny Depp was spotted in a Newcastle pub ahead of his victory in the defamation trial

Johnny Depp appeared to be in high spirits as he was spotted on stage for the first time since his bombshell victory in court.

The 58-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean actor is currently touring the UK with Jeff Back when he performed on stage in Gateshead.

Depp was not in the United States on Wednesday, where a jury ruled in his favor in his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, and was instead found enjoying pints and fish and chips at a pub pictured in Newcastle.

He then celebrated his victory at hipster joint Jam Jar.

Bridge Tavern manager Janine Latchford said Depp was “bullied” upon his arrival at the pub.

“He left just before the verdict and was on his way to America for a Zoom call,” she said. “So I wished him luck before he left and I think he went back to his hotel for that.

Johnny Depp on stage at Gateshead, Tyne and Wear


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“He came in with Jeff Beck but he was quite subtle – that way he could get something to eat on the terrace and we could give him some privacy before the crowds arrived.”

The actor was awarded US$10million (£8million) in damages and a further US$5million (£4million) in punitive damages after an intense six-week trial.

Heard, 36, counterclaimed Depp, seeking nearly £78million in damages, after claiming his legal team falsely accused them of fabricating claims against the actor.

She was awarded US$2 million (£1.6million) in damages after proving one of her counterclaims to the jury.

Depp arrives at Sage Gateshead



After the verdict, Heard said she felt “broken” by the verdict, adding she was “even sadder” that she had “lost the right” to “speak freely and openly.”

“The disappointment I feel today is indescribable. I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still insufficient to withstand my ex-husband’s disproportionate power, influence and influence,” she said in a statement.

“I am all the more disappointed about what this judgment means for other women.

“This is a setback. It turns the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke up could be publicly shamed and humiliated.

“It throws back the notion that violence against women should be taken seriously.

“I believe Johnny’s lawyers managed to get the jury to overlook the key issue of freedom of expression and to ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in Britain.

Amber Heard said she was “heartbroken” after Depp won his defamation case



“I am sad that I lost this case. But even sadder, I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American — to speak freely and openly.”

Depp sued Heard, 36, for defamation over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote about the alleged domestic violence she suffered, though she didn’t name her ex-husband.

He is demanding more than £38million and said her domestic violence claims had all but ended his career and ruined his reputation.

Depp denies ever physically or sexually assaulting Heard.

The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor did not appear in court today but said in a statement read by his spokesman that the “jury gave me my life back”.

Depp appears on stage alongside Jeff Beck



“Six years ago my life, the lives of my children, the lives of the people closest to me, and also the lives of the people who have supported and believed in me for many, many years, changed forever.

“Everything in no time.

“False, very serious and criminal allegations were leveled against me through the media, sparking an endless stream of hate content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice in a nanosecond and had a seismic impact on my life and career.

“And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I’m really humble.”

Depp went on to say his decision to pursue the case “was made only after careful consideration” and that his goal was “regardless of the outcome, to reveal the truth.”

“Telling the truth was something I owed to my children and to all those who have steadfastly supported me. I feel reassured knowing I finally made it through,” the actor said.

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