Johnny Depp traded the courtroom for the stage just two days after his lawyers delivered closing arguments in his libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
The actor joined friend and rocker Jeff Beck, 77, on stage at Sheffield City Hall in England on Sunday for covers of John Lennon’s “Isolation”, Marvin’s “What’s Going On” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Little”. .
Footage of the surprise performance, posted to Instagram, showed Depp playing the lead singer at the microphone.
The 58-year-old actor and Heard have fallen out at the Fairfax County, Virginia, courthouse after Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife over a 2018 guest comment that she wrote in the Washington Post, in which she claimed she was a victim of “domestic violence” but did not identify him. Heard is suing him for $100 million.
The outcome of the case was placed in the hands of the jury Friday afternoon after both sides delivered closing arguments.
“There is an abuser in this courtroom, but it’s not Mr. Depp,” his attorney Camille Vasquez said. “Miss Heard is indeed the abuser and Mr. Depp is the abused.”
Heard’s attorneys, meanwhile, asked the jury to protect Heard’s right to free speech.
“This trial is about so much more than Johnny Depp versus Amber Heard. It’s about free speech and stand up, protect it and dismiss Mr. Depp’s allegations against Amber,” her attorney, Ben Rottenborn, said.
The jury broke up the long weekend without reaching a verdict but will return Tuesday at 9am to continue deliberations.