June 24, 2022

Relying in your temper and philosophy, the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial might really feel like a tabloid frenzy, a check of the well being of the #MeToo motion, or a thunderous condemnation of the world’s media literacy. However a Virginia jury has formally sided with Depp, and now the 58-year-old actor is celebrating by accepting his subsequent function as rock star gone to seed. He took the stage with Jeff Beck final night time in Gateshead, England, the place the 2 mates introduced a brand new collaborative album due out subsequent month.

Depp had beforehand joined Beck for a shock cameo in Might, and final night time Beck defined how a lot their friendship has meant to him. “I’m going to take this chance to inform you that I met this man 5 years in the past and we haven’t stopped laughing since,” he mentioned in fan-footage of the live performance. “We truly made an album. I don’t know the way it occurred. Will probably be out in July.”

No title or launch date has been introduced, however followers could have heard a preview of the album final night time. The set started with Depp performing an unreleased observe concerning the nice actress — and co-inventor of spread-spectrum broadcast communications applied sciences — Hedy Lamarr. Additionally they lined Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing,” and John Lennon’s “Isolation,” which they’d beforehand launched as a studio recording. Watch footage of the live performance under.

The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and an extra $5 million in punitive damages, although since Virginia caps punitive damages at $350,000, he’s owed a complete of $10.35 million. In the meantime, the jury additionally awarded Heard $2 million as a part of her countersuit. That also leaves Heard in a giant gap; her lawyer says she will’t afford it, and anyway plans to enchantment. As for Depp, he’s already in pre-production on his subsequent film, a interval drama during which he’ll play King Louis V. However giant studios should still see him as an excessive amount of of a legal responsibility for tentpole blockbusters.

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