Why Johnny Depp isn’t in court for defamation verdict

The jury returned a verdict in Wednesday’s defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard — with a unanimous verdict on all three counts in favor of Depp, while Heard also won on one of three allegations in her own counterclaim for defamation — but the “curse of the Caribbean” star wasn’t on deck to hear the results.

Since closing arguments ended on Friday, Depp, 58, has traveled to the UK from the courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia.

“Due to previously scheduled work commitments made ahead of the trial, Mr Depp will not be physically present at today’s 3pm sentencing hearing and will be watching from the UK,” a source close to the actor told The Post.

However, Heard was in the courtroom awaiting the reading of the verdict.

“Your presence shows where your priorities lie. Johnny Depp plays guitar in the UK while Amber Heard awaits judgment in Virginia,” a Heard representative told The Post. “Depp takes his giggles and lack of seriousness with him on tour.”

After deliberating for about 13 hours, the jury awarded Depp a total of $15 million in damages. However, the judge capped the amount of damages he could receive at $350,000.

In a statement to The Post, the actress said she was “heartbroken” by the verdict in Depp’s favour. “The disappointment I feel today is indescribable,” she said.

Depp applauded in his own statement, received by The Post, that “the jury gave me my life back. I’m really humbled,” he added, “The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun.”

Johnny Depp accompanies Jeff Beck during a concert May 29 in Sheffield, Britain, in this picture obtained by Reuters on May 30 from social media.
Johnny Depp accompanies Jeff Beck during a concert May 29 in Sheffield, Britain, in this picture obtained by Reuters on May 30 from social media.
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After the verdict, a fan caught a high-fiving dork at The Bridge Tavern Brewery in Newcastle.

And before that, Depp was spotted leaving the 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel London, where suites can cost as much as $2,985 a night, the Daily Mail reported.

The actor, who was accused of domestic violence during his marriage to Heard, spent his Memorial Day weekend on stage attending Jeff Beck concerts: two in Sheffield and one in London.

On the third night, a fan video showed Depp and Beck waving and hugging together on stage.

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The actor wore a bandana to hold back his long blonde hair. The duo performed a rendition of their 2020 collaboration “Isolation,” a cover of a song John Lennon released in 1970.

The audience cheered: “We love you, Johnny!” – and gave the Hollywood star a standing ovation.

Amber Heard leaves the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax following testimony of the day May 26.
Amber Heard leaves the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax following testimony of the day May 26.
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Depp’s former lover and recent rebuttal witness Kate Moss also attended the London show. Sources said he invited her.

The supermodel appeared in court on May 25 to testify that Depp didn’t throw her down a flight of stairs, as Heard claimed.

“He never pushed me, kicked me, or threw me down a flight of stairs,” said Moss, who looked dapper in a white bow-tie blouse and black blazer, with a grin.

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Johnny Depp arrives May 27 in Fairfax, Virginia for trial at a Fairfax County Courthouse.
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Standing ovation for Johnny Depp at the end of Jeff Beck's show in London.
Standing ovation for Johnny Depp at the end of Jeff Beck’s show in London.
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The jury, which was free on Monday due to the public holiday, began deliberations on Friday. While Depp was out partying like a rock star, the panel of seven had a question for judge Penney Azcarate.

The question was whether they thought the caption of the comment – which read, “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture” – was wrong.

Azcarate told the Fairfax, Virginia court that the jury was asking whether the question was about just the headline itself or about the entire comment.

She said she would instruct the jury to consider the headline – and not the comment as a whole.

“The statement is the headline and not the entire comment,” the judge said.

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