Johnny Depp has been spotted taking selfies with a fan on a completely different continent during a break from his successful libel trial.
Johnny Depp took a selfie with a fan at a UK print shop this week, while enjoying a break from his libel trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.
The pirates of the Caribbean The star was shopping for art prints and frames at a shop called King and McGaw in Newhaven, East Sussex, on England’s south coast, around 5pm on Wednesday, Emma Wishart, whose husband Stephen works at the shop, told The NY Post.
The port city of Newhaven, near Brighton, is 6,000 km from the courthouse near Washington DC. The case is currently in a one-week recess.
“Unfortunately I wasn’t there but my husband was excited!” Mrs Wishart said in a message on Thursday.
Her husband and Depp took a photo together, showing the two men smiling and the actor with his hands on the shopkeeper’s shoulders.
Depp “was very nice and relaxed and they talked about guitars,” he said, adding that the actor didn’t buy anything but might come back.
In the selfie, which Ms. Wishart posted on Twitter, Depp is shown wearing sunglasses, which he has often worn in the courtroom during his highly-watched trial in Fairfax, Virginia.
A spokesman for Depp, 58, confirmed that the actor is currently in Sussex.
The Wisharts “both look up to him a lot,” Emma said, but “are a bit old for too much adoration.”
While he has not been following the trial very closely, “of course it has been impossible not to hear anything at all,” he added.
“I don’t like his private life being shown for public entertainment and I haven’t read or seen anything on purpose.”
The charge exclusively reported on Wednesday that Depp was abroad because court proceedings are on hiatus.
“Johnny is in Europe taking time to rest for a few days, hang out with old friends, play music and is taking long walks in the countryside,” said a source close to him.
The Edward Scissorhands The actor sued Heard, 36, for US$50 million (Aus$72 million) for defamation in 2018. Washington Post opinion piece she wrote in which she called herself “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Heard did not name Depp in the essay. But his lawyers argue that she still defamed him, and cost him millions, because she was clearly referring to allegations of domestic abuse Heard made when she filed for divorce in 2016.
The aquaman The actress has responded with her own $100 million ($144 million Australian) countersuit alleging that Depp is running a “smear campaign” to ruin her life.
The two have been arguing in a Virginia court for four weeks over the claims. The process took a recess on May 5, after Heard’s second day on the stand, and will resume on Monday.
Just before his unsuccessful libel suit against Britain Sun In 2020, Depp went to Sussex to play music with his friend Jeff Beck and prepare for the case, according to a report at the time.
This article originally appeared in the NY Post and is republished with permission.
Originally Posted as Johnny Depp takes a picture with the ‘excited’ British trader during the recess of Heard’s trial