Johnny Depp turns to music.
The 58-year-old actor performed at a second show in England on Monday night, following last Friday’s closing arguments for his libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard in Virginia. The Pirates of the Caribbean star joined friend and collaborator Jeff Beck on guitar at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The couple went out on stage together for the first time at Sheffield Town Hall on Sunday evening.
“He came knocking on my dressing room door about five years ago and we haven’t stopped laughing ever since,” Beck, 77, said of introducing Depp, in footage shared with Twitter. “We kept quiet for obvious reasons, but here it is, mate.”
The TAUT reported that Depp sang their song “Isolation”, a version of the John Lennon track which the actor and guitarist released in 2020.
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On Beck’s website, Depp is called the rock star’s “unexpected co-conspirator”, adding that the pair “have been working on music together for a while now”. Beck added at the time, “You’ll hear more from Johnny and I in a few moments, but until then, we hope you find some solace and solidarity in our take on this Lennon classic.”
A seven-person jury began deliberating Friday in Depp’s ongoing trial against Heard, 36, in Fairfax County, Virginia. He continues the Aquaman actress for defamation in a December 2018 op-ed, she wrote about bringing domestic violence claims. He is seeking $50 million in damages, saying it stifled his career prospects.
Heard is fighting back for defamation, saying public statements made by Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, calling his allegations “false” and an “abuse hoax” have ruined his reputation and halted his career.
Earlier in his testimony, Depp spoke about his musical career and his guitar, as well as the fact that becoming a musician has always been his first ambition. He is part of the Hollywood Vampires group with rockers Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.
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He opened up about his passion for the guitar while explaining why he wouldn’t cut off his own finger during an alleged 2015 fight with Heard in Australia. (He says she threw a bottle of liquor at him which cut off his fingertip, which she denied.)
The jury resumes deliberations Tuesday after the Memorial Day holiday. When the verdict is delivered, it will be 18 months since Depp lost his libel case in the UK.
In November 2020, the actor lost the highly publicized libel case in London against the British tabloid The sun for calling him a “woman beater”. The court upheld the outlet’s claims as “substantially true” and Heard testified to support those claims. In March 2021, his attempt to overturn the decision was reversed.