Johnny Depp branded a ‘drunken pub singer’ as he takes the UK stage with Jeff Beck
Not everyone enjoys watching Johnny Depp live out his rock star fantasies on stage.
A music fan who caught one of the actor’s recent musical performances compared it to that of a ‘drunken pub singer’ and claimed the Hollywood star’s on-stage cameo ‘ruined the whole night”.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 58, is currently enjoying a stint on stage with his musician friend Jeff Beck, after being awarded $10million following his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
The father-of-two was not present in the Virginia courtroom on Wednesday – where a jury also found his ex-wife had been defamed when one of her lawyers claimed her sexual abuse allegations were a ‘hoax’ – as he has been busy touring the UK with the singer.
On Thursday, it was confirmed that the Edward Scissorhands actor had been officially added to the lineup for the rest of his singer pal’s UK tour.
Jeff first invited his Hollywood icon on stage with him last week as a jury began to deliberate its verdict in the actor’s defamation case against his estranged wife in America.
Johnny’s surprise appearance reportedly drew loud cheers from the crowd – many of whom were delighted to see him – but not everyone was impressed with his musical talents.
“Jeff Beck was excellent,” a fan who bought tickets two years ago before the tour was delayed by Covid told the BBC.
“What ruined the whole night was Mr. Depp’s talentlessness. He was like a drunken pub singer at one point. I don’t know what Jeff Beck is thinking.”
However, most fans gloated watching the Hollywood actor perform alongside his longtime friend.
Johnny’s stint as a musician comes after he thanked the jury in his libel case against Aquaman actress Amber, 36, for ‘giving me my life back’.
The City of Lies actor was awarded compensatory damages of $10m (£8m) and a further $5m (£4m) in punitive damages, following a a six-week television libel case.
Johnny sued his ex-wife over a newspaper article titled, “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. This must change.
The article, published in The Washington Post in 2018, did not name the actor, but the star’s legal team successfully argued that the op-ed had a detrimental impact on his career.
A jury found that the actress’ statements in the play were made with “genuine malice” and awarded Johnny $10 million in compensatory damages and an additional $5 million in punitive damages.
The jury also found Johnny liable for defamation against his former wife when one of his lawyers claimed his sexual abuse allegations were a “hoax”. They awarded the mother-of-one $2 million in compensatory damages and $0 in punitive damages.
Following the verdict heard in Fairfax County, Virginia, Johnny released a statement that read: “Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the life of my loved ones, and also the lives of people who, for so many years who supported me and believed in me, have changed forever.
“All in the blink of an eye.
“False, very serious and criminal allegations were made to me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already done the rounds of the world twice in a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and career.
“And six years later, the jury gave my life back to me. I’m really humbled.”
Amber also released a statement following the decision, saying she felt “heartbroken” and “even sadder” that she had “lost the right” to “speak freely and openly”.
His statement read: “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence is still not enough to stand up to power, influence and the disproportionate hold of my ex-husband.
“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women.
“It’s a setback. It takes the clock back to a time when a woman who talked and talked could be publicly shamed and humiliated.
“It pushes back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.
“I believe Johnny’s lawyers have successfully tricked the jury into ignoring the key issue of free speech and ignoring the evidence so conclusive that we won in the UK.
“I’m sad to have lost this case. But I’m even sadder to have lost a right that I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.”
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