Johnny Depp Rocks Another Performance With Jeff Beck Ahead Of Upcoming Album
Actor Johnny Depp performed with Jeff Beck yet again after his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard wrapped up earlier this month.
On Sunday, which marked both Juneteenth and Father’s Day, the two musicians performed at the Helsinki Blues Festival. Although the “Aquaman” actress gave a special Dateline interview on Friday night to rehash what she thinks went wrong in the trial, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor has since moved on, a source told PEOPLE.
Johnny Depp Is Happy That The Trial Against Ex-Wife Amber Heard Is OVER!
An insider told the magazine that Depp has “moved on” from the trial that dominated headlines for most of the past month. On June 1, a seven-person jury sided with Depp and awarded him $15 million dollars: $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Those five million dollars were later reduced to $350,000 dollars – the maximum amount allowed under Virginia state law.
The jury found that Heard had committed defamation in her 2018 Washington Post op-ed where she declared herself as a survivor of domestic violence. However, Heard was also awarded $2 million dollars after one of Depp’s attorneys labeled her abuse accusations “a hoax.” The jury found that defamation had occurred in one of his statements, but the trial was seen as an overwhelming success for Depp, especially in the court of public opinion.
A source told the publication that “the trial was necessary but he is happy that it’s over,” adding that, “Although he is relieved about the jury’s verdict, he isn’t gloating about it.”
“He isn’t even talking about the trial now,” the insider divulged. “He filed the lawsuit, because he considered it necessary. He has moved on though. He is now able to get back to what he loves doing. He enjoys performing and has a busy summer ahead. He is also looking forward to continue working. He just wants his career back. He loves filming.”
Johnny Depp & Jeff Beck Have A New Album On The Way!
On June 9, just over a week after the jury announced their verdict, Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck announced that they have a new album called “18” that’s going to be released on July 15.
In a press release, “The Lone Ranger” actor said, “It’s an extraordinary honor to play and write music with Jeff, one of the true greats and someone I am now privileged enough to call my brother.”
Beck echoed his sentiments, adding, “I haven’t had another creative partner like him for ages. He was a major force on this record.” He continued, “I just hope people will take him seriously as a musician because it’s a hard thing for some people to accept that Johnny Depp can sing rock and roll.”
The two also released an official music video for their first single from the new album, called “This is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr. Depp had teased the collaboration on Instagram the day before it was released.
However, this is not the last time that Depp is going to appear in court.
Depp Is Due Back In Court… This Time, For Assault Charges!
Camille Vasquez will be back representing Johnny Depp in an upcoming Los Angeles trial, which was brought against Depp by a film location manager who alleges that the “Sweeney Todd” actor assaulted him on set. According to Insider, the film location manager claims that Depp “hit him twice in the ribs, yelled at him, and eventually fired him.”
According to the court documents, the lawsuit was filed by Gregg ‘Rocky’ Brooks, the location manager for Depp’s 2018 film titled “City of Lies.” Brooks filed a civil complaint against the 59-year-old actor in the Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming that Johnny Depp physically assaulted him by hitting him twice in the ribs. He also alleged that Depp yelled “I’ll give you $100,000 dollars to punch me right now!” after hitting him.
Brooks is suing for an undisclosed amount of damages related to ten counts of “assault, emotional distress, wrongful termination, and retaliation.” According to Brooks’ lawyers, “On the Monday following the incident, April 16, 2017, plaintiff returned to the production office to work on wrapping out the show. Upon arrival, the plaintiff was informed that Segal wanted him to write and sign a declaration stating that he would not sue the production. When the plaintiff declined to write such a statement, his services were terminated immediately.”