Johnny Depp spent £50,000 on “champagne, wine and cocktails” at an Indian restaurant in Birmingham while touring the UK with English guitarist Jeff Beck.
Varanasi, a luxurious Indian restaurant located in the center of the city, revealed to The Independent that the star of Pirates of the Caribbean ordered the full menu as a “little taste” for him and the 21 guests who dined with him.
Menu items include roast leg of lamb with tomato chutney, chicken kasturi tikka with caramelized pineapple chutney, pickled okra masala, mashed potato with Himalayan mustard, and black stone flower heeran. The restaurant did not disclose the prices of its items, but according to TripadvisorPrices range from £12 to £40 per plate.
Depp, 58, recently won a high-profile libel case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, and was awarded $15 million in damages.
The actor, along with Beck, his entourage and security personnel, booked the entire restaurant for a private gathering on Sunday, June 5.
Operations manager Mo Hussain told The Independent that the group did not seem to be celebrating anything, but had gone to the restaurant for “a little treat to get away from everything that has been going on.”
He confirmed that the restaurant was closed to the public on the night of Depp’s meeting.
Although the restaurant did not confirm the exact amount Depp spent, Hussain told The Independent which typically costs between £15,000 and £20,000 to rent an entire restaurant the size of Varanasi.
He added that the group was served “champagne, wine and cocktails” along with the full menu.
Depp also gave “generous tips to staff,” Hussain said.
Speaking about the experience of meeting and serving Depp, the operations manager said: “He was like one of us, he wanted to feel part of our restaurant. There wasn’t a single person he didn’t talk to or hug.”
Hussain added that it was a “once in a lifetime experience” for the Varanasi staff, and that they will remember it “for the rest of our lives.”
This came after a highly publicized six-week trial that began after Depp sued Heard over his article in the Washington Post of 2018 which was titled: “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change” (I spoke out against sexual violence and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.)
Although the article does not name Depp, his lawyers argued that it falsely implied that he physically and sexually abused the actress. Aquaman while they were together.
Meanwhile, Heard, who was awarded $2 million for part of her countersuit, said in a statement that she was “disappointed beyond words” and that the verdict was a “setback” for the women.
In 2020, Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against NGN (News Group Newspapers), responsible for publishingThe Sunafter the newspaper called the actor a “wife beater.”
Their lawsuit was dismissed after a three-week trial after the judge ruled Depp assaulted Heard 12 times and put her in “fear for her life” three times, meaning the article was “substantially true.”
the star of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory he asked the Court of Appeals to overturn the ruling, but it was dismissed once again.