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Johnny Depp turns up in Newcastle pub as libel trial jury reaches its verdict

Johnny Depp was seen in a Newcastle pub this evening, just hours before a verdict is expected to arrive for the defamation trial with his ex-wife Amber Heard

It comes after he spent three nights performing with guitarist Jeff Beck in the UK, as some fans complained they ‘didn’t come to see’ the actor perform.

This evening, Depp was seen at the The Bridge Tavern on Newcastle’s Quayside, walking through the pub’s beer garden and smiling at punters, and shaking some of their hands.

He was spotted wearing blue sunglasses and a cap, with a brown jacket and green trousers. A punter can be heard shouting ‘love you Johnny’.

Earlier today, he was seen leaving the 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel London, where suites cost up to £2,390 a night, as his bags were loaded into a van. 

One person was seen handing Depp two pirate hats outside the hotel – prompting the actor to smile widely. 

Depp joined Beck at the Royal Albert Hall in west London on Monday and Tuesday night after surprising fans with an appearance at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday. 

There are rumours Depp will continue on Beck’s UK tour, which includes gigs at Gateshead, Manchester, York and Glasgow – but those reports have not yet been confirmed. 

Depp’s appearance comes as the jury in Virginia is deliberating for a third day in the defamation claims of the actor and his ex-wife Heard. 

He was spotted wearing blue sunglasses and a cap, with a brown jacket and green trousers. A punter can be heard shouting ‘love you Johnny’

The actor as seen at the The Bridge Tavern on Newcastle's Quayside, walking through the pub's beer garden and smiling at punters

The actor as seen at the The Bridge Tavern on Newcastle’s Quayside, walking through the pub’s beer garden and smiling at punters

He turned back towards the camera and waved at the man recording from the pub's garden

He turned back towards the camera and waved at the man recording from the pub’s garden

It comes as Depp was spotted leaving a hotel in London on Wednesday morning, with a person seen handing him what appeared to be a pirate hat

It comes as Depp was spotted leaving a hotel in London on Wednesday morning, with a person seen handing him what appeared to be a pirate hat

It comes as Depp was spotted leaving a hotel in London on Wednesday morning, with a person seen handing him what appeared to be a pirate hat

Depp was pictured leaving the 100 Queen's Gate Hotel London, where suites cost up to £2,390 a night, on Wednesday. It is not clear whether Depp is staying there during his visit to London

Depp was pictured leaving the 100 Queen's Gate Hotel London, where suites cost up to £2,390 a night, on Wednesday. It is not clear whether Depp is staying there during his visit to London

Depp was pictured leaving the 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel London, where suites cost up to £2,390 a night, on Wednesday. It is not clear whether Depp is staying there during his visit to London

Jeff Beck's fans have spoken of their disappointment that he performed alongside Johnny Depp at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with some complaining he 'took away so much' from the guitarist they had paid to see

Jeff Beck’s fans have spoken of their disappointment that he performed alongside Johnny Depp at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with some complaining he ‘took away so much’ from the guitarist they had paid to see

Meanwhile, some of Beck’s fans have spoken of their disappointment that he performed alongside Depp at the Royal Albert Hall in London, complaining he ‘took away so much’ from the guitarist they had paid to see.

Some fans were left disgruntled that the 58-year-old actor had spent so much of the gig performing, with one saying they ‘did not come here to see Depp’. 

Music critic Neil McCormick wrote in the Telegraph: ‘[Depp] may not be the greatest vocalist but he knows how to deliver a song,’ adding that ‘Depp’s presence added pizzazz and created a space for Beck to shine more brightly’. 

Austin Delord, a Beck fan, said: ‘Too much Johnny Depp, we did not come here to see him. Bit of a publicity stunt, he did not bring much to the party, but he took away so much from Beck.’

Francesca Cox, 23, said: ‘It was cool, unexpected. I preferred what was before.’

Others were left frustrated that Depp was enjoying performing in the UK whilst Heard is ‘hiding from death threats’ in the US.

Dr Charlotte Proudman, a British barrister, tweeted: ‘[Depp’s] on tour, waving to his fans. [Heard’s] hiding from death threats. He seems to be doing pretty well out of it all, don’t you think?’

Another Twitter user tweeted: ‘What a narcissistic act on Depp’s part and what an insensitive move on Beck’s part with reference to abuse survivors in his audience.

‘Really rotten to put a guy embroiled in a domestic abuse trial onstage while the jury’s still deliberating and say, ‘Hey! Here’s a guy accused of spousal abuse!”

Some fans were left disgruntled that the 58-year-old actor had spent so much of the gig performing, with one saying they 'did not come here to see Depp'

Some fans were left disgruntled that the 58-year-old actor had spent so much of the gig performing, with one saying they ‘did not come here to see Depp’

Others were left frustrated that Depp was enjoying performing in the UK whilst Heard is 'hiding from death threats' in the US

Others were left frustrated that Depp was enjoying performing in the UK whilst Heard is ‘hiding from death threats’ in the US

Whilst there was some criticism of Depp’s performance, many were excited about his surprise appearance.

The actor waved and blew kisses to the crowd as they gave him a standing ovation and cheered his name after the set on Monday night. 

One fan, Angela Flannery, 38, from Southend-on-Sea, a city in southeast England, said of Depp’s appearance on stage: ‘I was pretty shocked. I have always been a massive fan of his. 

‘My other half took me to this gig just to see Jeff Beck, I had no idea Johnny would be playing.

‘It was brilliant, such a fantastic night in general… a special mention to the drummer girl, she was absolutely amazing (and) Johnny Depp smashed it.

‘I’ll die happy (that) I’ve been in the same room as him now.’

Main man: Depp (right) at the Royal Albert Hall, London, appearing alongside Jeff Beck on Tuesday night

Main man: Depp (right) at the Royal Albert Hall, London, appearing alongside Jeff Beck on Tuesday night 

Centre stage: Depp performed covers of John Lennon , Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix at the venue on Tuesday evening

Centre stage: Depp performed covers of John Lennon , Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix at the venue on Tuesday evening 

Make way: Kate Moss was alone as she exited London's Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday evening, shortly after reuniting with ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp backstage following his cameo performance with rock legend Jeff Beck

Support: The supermodel was in attendance as Depp performed in front of a sell-out crowd, just days after testifying for the Hollywood star during his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard

Make way: Kate Moss was alone as she exited London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday evening, shortly after reuniting with ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp backstage following his cameo performance with rock legend Jeff Beck

Following his Tuesday night performance with Beck, Depp was joined his ex-girlfriend and British model Kate Moss backstage.

Moss was joined inside by former TV personality Sharon Osborne, 69, who arrived for an after-party following the end of the concert.

Depp’s appearance comes as the jury in Virginia is deliberating for a third day in the defamation claims of the actor and his ex-wife Heard. 

The seven-person civil jury resumed deliberations Wednesday morning after deliberating for about nine hours over two days.

Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million, accusing her of libelling him with a 2018 op-ed she wrote describing herself as ‘a public figure representing domestic abuse.’ Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim against the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star after his lawyer called her allegations a hoax. Each accuses the other of destroying their career.

Testimony during the six-week trial has included lurid details of their short and volatile marriage. Heard testified that Depp physically or sexually assaulted her more than a dozen times. Depp said he never struck Heard, that she concocted the abuse allegations, and that she was the one who physically attacked him, multiple times.

Jurors must decide both claims based on whether or not the statements were made with ‘actual malice,’ meaning they knew what they were saying was false, or were acting with a reckless disregard for the truth.

During closing arguments, both sides told the jury that a verdict in their favour would give their clients their lives back.




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