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Johnny Depp was spotted drinking at a Newcastle pub ahead of winning his multimillion dollar defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor was spotted in The Bridge, with Twitter erupting as photographs and videos of the actor surrounded by fans at the boozer were shared online.
Witness Gary Spedding told ChronicleLive of seeing the actor: “I shook his hand, wished him luck with the case and that people everywhere are backing him. He said thank you very much, was really gracious and kind.
“It means a lot to have met him an hour before the verdict in his trial – he deserves a break from everything and I'm thrilled he's chosen to be in the town."
Johnny could be seen shaking hands with fans as his bodyguards led him out of the beer garden, and even reaching back to shake the hand of one fan who was desperate to touch him.
One fan tweeted alongside a video of Depp: "For anyone interested… Johnny Depp and Sam Fender just been seen in The Bridge Tavern pub on Newcastle Quayside."
"Johnny Depp could be anywhere in the world for the verdict to the biggest trial of his life and he's in a pub in Newcastle," someone else said.
As a third echoed: "I'm stunned, Johnny Depp in a pub in Newcastle while 3 million people are live streaming his case verdict right now, and he won! How is this real?"
Depp is currently in the UK as he performs on a tour alongside British guitarist Jeff Beck.
A source told Law & Crime in a statement: "Due to previously scheduled work commitments made before the trial, Mr Depp will not be physically present for today’s 3pm verdict and will be watching from the United Kingdom."
It comes after the jury reached a verdict in his trial, finding in favour of Johnny and awarding him $15million (£12million) in damages.
Over the last six weeks, the Hollywood stars have been at loggerheads after Depp, 58, launched a civil defamation case against his ex-wife, suing her for $50million (£40million).
It came after she wrote an opinion piece in 2018, detailing her experiences with domestic abuse.
The article in question, initially published by the Washington Post does not name Mr Depp but legal representatives for Heard say it is protected by freedom of speech.
Lawyers for Depp say it "falsely implies" that she was a victim of abuse during their marriage.
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