Johnny Depp has been pursuing his rocker dreams on stage with Beck in the U.K, but not everyone has been so happy to see the actor take on the role of a musician – with one person in the crowd even saying his appearance ruined their ‘whole night’
Not everyone is enjoying watching Johnny Depp live out his rockstar fantasties on stage.
One music fan who caught one of the actor’s recent musical performances has likened it to that of a “drunken pub singer”, and claimed the Hollywood star’s on-stage cameo “spoiled the whole night”.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 58, is currently enjoying a stint on stage with his musician pal Jeff Beck, fresh from being awarded $10million dollars following his defamation suit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
The dad-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 his attorneys claimed her allegations of sexual abuse were a ‘hoax’ – as he has been busy touring the U.K with the singer.
On Thursday, it was confirmed the Edward Scissorhands actor had officially been added to the line-up for the remainder of his singer pal’s U.K tour.
Jeff first invited his Hollywood icon on stage with him last week, as a jury began deliberating their verdict in the actor’s defamation case against his former spouse over in America.
Johnny’s surprise appearance reportedly drew loud cheers from the crowd – with many delighted to see him – but not everyone was impressed by his musical talents.
“Jeff Beck was excellent,” one fan who bought tickets two years ago before the tour was delayed by Covid has told the BBC.
“The thing that spoiled the whole night was the talentless Mr Depp. He was like a drunken pub singer at one point. I don’t know what Jeff Beck’s thinking of.”
Most fans however, have been jubilant watching the Hollywood actor perform alongside his long-time pal.
Johnny’s stint as a musician comes after he thanked the jury in his defamation case against Aquaman actress Amber, 36, for “giving me my life back”.
The City of Lies actor was awarded compensatory damages of $10million (£8 million) and a further $5 million (£4 million) in punitive damages, following a six-week long high-profile televised defamation case.
Johnny sued his ex-wife over a newspaper article titled: “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”
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The piece, published in the Washington Post in 2018, did not named the actor, but the star’s legal team successfully argued that the op-ed had a damaging impact on his career.
A jury found that the actress’ statements within the piece were made with “actual malice” and awarded Johnny $10 million in compensatory damages and another $5 million in punitive damages.
The jury also found Johnny liable for defamation against his one-time wife when one of his attorneys claimed her allegations of sexual abuse were a “hoax.” They awarded the mum-of-one $2 million in compensatory damages and $0 in punitive damages.
Following the verdict being heard in Fairfax County, Virginia, Johnny issued a statement which reads: “Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed.
“All in the blink of an eye.
“False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already travelled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career.
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“And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.”
Amber also issued a statement following the ruling, saying she felt “heartbroken” and “sadder still” that she had “lost a right” to “speak freely and openly”.
Her statement reads: “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.
“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women.
“It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated.
“It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.
“I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of freedom of speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK.
“I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.”
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