Johnny Depp surprises fans with live performance after defamation trial

The actor and Jeff Beck performed covers of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Marvin Gaye.

Depp, who is currently awaiting the verdict in his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard, hopped on a plane to the UK after closing arguments were heard in court on Friday (May 27th), with a decision expected early this week.

Depp and Beck performed their 2020 collaboration ‘Isolation’, a remake of the John Lennon song released in 1970. The pair also covered Marvin Gay’s ‘What’s Going On’ and Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’. According to a Deadline report, Depp could also join Beck on his next two tour stops at the Royal Albert Hall in London today (May 30th) and Tuesday (May 31st). Before becoming an actor Depp began his career as a musician with his first band of note being The Kids. He formed the supergroup Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry in 2015

After beginning deliberations on the high-profile civil suit, which was broadcast live, jurors will have a three-day weekend in observance of Memorial Day before resuming on 31st May.

During the trial, Heard has reportedly fired her public relations team over the negative press that she’s received across the trial. The actress is believed to have sacked crisis management specialists Precision Strategies on April 28 after being subject to “bad headlines” since the trial began in March. According to The New York Post, a source said Heard is “frustrated with her story not being told effectively”. 

Depp battled it out in court with Heard over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she penned in which she claimed she was a victim of sexual violence. While Heard did not mention Depp by name, the Edward Scissorhands star claims the article tarnished his reputation and career. Depp, who was married to Heard from 2015 to 2017, has denied his ex’s claims.

  • Writer Chris Saunders
  • Banner Image Credit CBS News

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