Amber Heard has been found by a jury to have defamed her ex, Johnny Depp. But the Hollywood star wasn’t in court to hear it.
The jury reached a verdict in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial Wednesday — with a unanimous verdict on all three counts in favor of Depp, while Heard also won for one of three claims in his own defamation countersuit — but the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star was not on deck to hear the results.
After closing arguments wrapped up on Friday, Depp, 58, jetsetted from the Fairfax, Virginia, courtroom to the United Kingdom.
Before the verdict was handed down, the actor was seen in The Bridge Tavern pub on Newcastle Quayside, in the north of the country.
Video shared on social media saw him ushered through a beer garden by security, waving to fans, as one man yelled out “love you Johnny… oi Johnny I love you bro, I love you bro”.
“Due to previously scheduled work commitments made before the trial, Mr Depp will not be physically present for today’s 3pm verdict and will be watching from the United Kingdom,” a source close to the actor told The New York Post.
Heard, however, was in the courtroom, waiting for the verdict to be read.
“Your presence shows where your priorities are. Johnny Depp plays guitar in the UK while Amber Heard waits for a verdict in Virginia,” a rep for Heard told The Post. “Depp is taking his snickering and lack of seriousness on tour.”
In a statement, the actress said she was “heartbroken” about the verdict in favor of Depp. “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” she said.
On Wednesday, Depp was spotted leaving the 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel London, where suites can cost up to $2985 a night, the Daily Mail reported.
The actor, accused of domestic abuse during his marriage to Heard, spent his Memorial Day weekend onstage at Jeff Beck concerts: two in Sheffield and one in London.
On the third night, fan video captured Depp and Beck waving together and embracing on stage.
The actor wore a bandana to hold back his long blonde hair. The duo performed a rendition of their 2020 collaboration “Isolation,” a cover of a song John Lennon released in 1970.
Audience members cheered, “We love you, Johnny!” and gave the Hollywood star a standing ovation.
Depp’s former lover Heard and recent rebuttal witness Kate Moss also attended the London show. Sources said he invited her.
The supermodel appeared in court on May 25 to testify that Depp did not throw her down a flight of steps like Heard claimed he did.
“He never pushed me, kicked me, or threw me down any stairs,” Moss, looking elegant in a white pussybow blouse and black blazer, said with a smirk.
The jury, who had Monday off in observance of the holiday, started deliberations on Friday. While Depp was en route to party like a rock star, the seven-person jury had a question for Judge Penney Azcarate.
The question was whether they found the headline of the op-ed — which read, “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath” — to be false.
Azcarate told the Fairfax, Virginia, court that the jury was asking if the question related to just the headline itself or the entire op-ed.
She said she would instruct the jurors that they were to consider the headline — and not the op-ed as a whole.
“The statement is the headline and not the entire op-ed,” the judge said.
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