Johnny Depp is seen in a UK pub as the verdict is about to be read in his libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
“Due to work commitments scheduled before the trial, Mr Depp will not be physically present for today’s verdict at 3:00pm and will be watching from the UK,” a source close to Depp told The Associated Press. Law & Crime in a statement on Wednesday.
“I saw Johnny Depp at the Bridge Tavern Newcastle just now…that was pretty surreal,” tweeted Gary Spedding about 20 minutes before the verdict was announced.
Depp was seen leaving The Bridge Tavern pub in Newcastle, England, shortly before the verdict was read. according to ITV News.
Meanwhile, Heard arrived at the courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, to hear the verdict in person. A spokesperson for the actress Aquaman he told The Independent : “Your presence shows where your priorities are. Johnny Depp plays guitar in the UK while Amber Heard awaits the verdict in Virginia. Depp takes the giggles from him and his lack of seriousness on tour”.
Jurors reached a verdict in Depp’s multimillion-dollar lawsuit after just under 13 hours of deliberation on Wednesday afternoon. It will be read in court at 3:00 pm ET.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million over an op-ed on Washington Post entitled: I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change [Hablé en contra de la violencia sexual y enfrenté la ira de nuestra cultura. Eso tiene que cambiar]”.
The article does not mention Depp by name, but his lawyers said it falsely implies that he physically and sexually abused Heard while they were together.
Heard countersued her ex-husband for $100 million and claims he launched a “smear campaign” against him.
Depp fully denied the “outrageous and outlandish” abuse claims, saying he had “spoke what I’ve been reluctantly carrying for six years” during his own trial statement.
During closing comments, both sides urged the jury to think about other victims of domestic abuse.
Heard’s legal team highlighted the message that a verdict in Depp’s favor would send to others, while the actor’s representatives said his claims were “an act of profound cruelty to the true survivors.”
In recent days, Depp has made appearances on stage alongside musician Jeff Beck in the UK.
Depp appeared to play alongside Beck in Sheffield, England on Sunday May 29.
Depp, who began his career as a musician and founded the band The Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry in 2015, and Beck performed their 2020 collaboration “Isolation,” a reworking of a 1970 John Lennon song. They also performed covers of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ and Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’.