Johnny Depp Surprises Fans With Impromptu Performance After Defamation Trial

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Johnny Depp Surprises Fans With Impromptu Performance After Defamation Trial

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Johnny Depp gave Jeff Beck fans the surprise of a lifetime over the weekend when he appeared on stage with an impromptu performance.

Of course, we all know that Depp's defamation trial with his ex-wife Amber Heard came to an end last week, with both sides resting their cases.

However, while the jury deliberate over the case, the Pirates of The Caribbean star decided to pop across the pond to surprise fans with a musical performance.

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Thousands of Jeff Beck fans packed into Sheffield City Hall to see the rock legend kick off his latest tour. However, the crowd was stunned when Depp walked out onto the stage alongside him.

Sharing a snap of the pair to Instagram, one fan wrote: "Wasn't expecting this... I thought he was in court but turns out he's in Sheffield with Jeff Beck."

During their set, Depp and Beck, 77, belted out a rendition of John Lennon's classic 'Isolation', which they had previously released together a couple of years ago.

They also performed covers of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' and Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing'.

While his appearance shocked many, a source close to the 58-year-old told CourtTV that it had been planned for some time.

They told the channel: "Mr. Depp is in the United Kingdom, as he was a few weeks ago, to adhere to his previously scheduled work obligations."

This comes as Depp and Heard's attorneys offered their closing arguments in the high profile defamation trial.

Depp surprised fans by joining Jeff Beck on stage. Credit: Twitter
Depp surprised fans by joining Jeff Beck on stage. Credit: Twitter

Depp took his ex-wife to court over an article she wrote in 2018, in which she claimed that she was a survivor of domestic abuse.

Though she didn't name Depp in the op-ed, he argued that the piece wrecked his career, causing him to lose out on millions of dollars.

As a result, he sued her for $50 million, while Heard counter-sued him for $100m.

Last week, the jury were sent away to make their decision on the case, which has been going on for a number of weeks at a court in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Referring to Heard’s op-ed, Judge Azcarate said jurors must read the entire article and can't seize on any ‘one word, phrase or image’.

In order to side with Depp, jurors must find that Heard acted with knowledge that the statement was false.

Attorney J. Benjamin Rottenborn gave his closing argument on behalf of Amber Heard. Credit: Law and Crime Network
Attorney J. Benjamin Rottenborn gave his closing argument on behalf of Amber Heard. Credit: Law and Crime Network

Heard’s lawsuit centres around her claim that Depp defamed her via statements made to the press by Waldman, his attorney. 

As for Heard’s move to countersue, Azcarate said in order for the jury to reach a favourable verdict for Heard, they must determine the statements made by Adam Waldman were done so with actual malice.

It was in those statements that Waldman called Heard’s allegations a ‘hoax’ and an ‘ambush’ orchestrated by Heard and her friends.

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Topics: Celebrity, US News, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard

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