Johnny Depp has had a rollercoaster of a time since successful $8.35 million in his defamation regulation swimsuit towards ex-wife Amber Heard on June 1.
On the one hand, court docket paperwork unsealed this week revealed that his former lover Ellen Barkin stated in a deposition that, throughout their relationship, he was “verbally abusive,” drank an excessive amount of crimson wine and gave the actress a Quaalude the primary time that they had intercourse. His alleged erectile dysfunction was uncovered, as have been crude texts with Marilyn Manson.
Individually, Depp and guitarist Jeff Beck have been accused of plagiarizing the poetry of a convicted assassin in a brand new music that they recorded collectively.
However final week, the actor was using excessive on headlines touting a $3.6 million sale of his art work — titled “Friends & Heroes,” it options pop-art renderings of Al Pacino, Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Taylor and Keith Richards.
In line with Citadel High-quality Artwork gallery in London — the place the 780-piece present was mounted and bought out “nearly instantly” — the wild curiosity got here as a shock. “I don’t assume anybody was speaking [ahead of time] about our web site crashing or the work promoting out in just a few hours,” a gallery spokesman instructed The Put up.
“The trial could have put an accelerant on it as a result of folks assume he’s a hero,” a Depp insider instructed The Put up. “However folks have at all times purchased into what Johnny does.”
Depp has additionally been basking within the onstage highlight at concert events with Beck and his contract was renewed because the spokesmodel for Sauvage: In line with the Wall Street Journal, as Depp’s trial wound down in June, Sauvage was the highest promoting man’s eau de parfum on Sephora.com.
He’s even again earlier than the cameras, with a starring position in “Jeanne du Barry,” which started taking pictures Monday.
That it’s a European movie might be not a coincidence, because the actor had been pressed to resign from “Incredible Beasts” in 2020 and was made to stroll the plank for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise (earlier than reportedly being wooed again in June).
“Being in Europe is enterprise as regular for Johnny,” a good friend of Depp instructed The Put up. “He was not canceled or shamed there. So he continues to be extra comfy [in Europe] than within the US.”
All this high-profile exercise could possibly be seen as a calculated celebration of his launch from the shackles of litigation, however the insider referred to as the timing “serendipitous. This isn’t a victory lap. That is Johnny lastly with the ability to return and lead his life buoyed by a landslide jury choice that overwhelmingly proved Amber Heard’s allegations to be false.”
Heard’s consultant didn’t reply to a request for remark.
“These plans have been well-laid lengthy earlier than the trial,” the Depp insider added. “The tour and film have been already scheduled. By way of the artwork, he has been portray and giving work to folks for so long as I’ve identified him. He by no means isn’t portray.”
A gallery spokesperson confirmed to The Put up of the artwork sale, “It’s a case of doing it when the gallery was prepared and when Johnny was prepared. The timing was determined earlier than everybody knew the [trial] final result.”
The album recorded with Beck, “18,” launched July 15, has “been within the works, on two continents, for fairly a while,” stated the insider. “Johnny first got here to Hollywood with a band and rock ‘n’ roll has been his lifelong love.”
In truth, when the Beck touring schedule conflicted with the top of the trial, Depp selected a facet for his sense of dedication.
“He was not there for the decision as a result of he had already made plans to tour with Jeff Beck,” the insider stated of the dozen-plus stay performances Depp performed with the rocker. “Johnny missed the primary night time of the tour so he could possibly be within the courtroom for the closing arguments. However he would by no means let Jeff down. The arguments concluded and he acquired to the tour as quickly as he probably might.”
At a Prague gig, on July 11, Depp’s trial lawyer Camille Vasquez was within the crowd and went backstage previous to the present. She was vacationing along with her boyfriend and had junior members of her authorized staff in tow. The lawyer was seen handing Depp what seemed to be an ornate necklace and the star smiled broadly as he held it aloft for adoring onlookers.
Although Vasquez was hugged and warmly acquired, a educated supply instructed The Put up that there is no such thing as a fact to on-line rumors of romance between the 2.
“Camille did an amazing job … however he and Camille have been by no means good buddies. Johnny was combating for his life and he or she was below his make use of to get it completed,” the supply stated. “In the event you’re in a foxhole, you could not exit for beers with the opposite folks within the foxhole, however you all wish to win.”
About six weeks earlier, when the authorized victory got here by, Depp came upon about it whereas on tour in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Depp’s good friend instructed The Put up that the actor watched it on tv, surrounded by buddies. “Greater than something,” stated the good friend, “he had a way of reduction. They celebrated that night time.”
Requested if bottles of bubbly have been popped, the good friend replied, “I don’t know that he had alcohol. It was reduction and validation.”
Added the insider, “Johnny celebrated the win by getting into one thing he loves as a lot as something: taking part in music and supporting the file that he made with Jeff. Sooner or later after the decision, he performed and a radical swell of assist greeted him.”
It was reported within the UK that some 200 fans mobbed Depp outside the venue and women needed to be held again from grabbing on the actor.
“Johnny takes it in stride and does what he at all times does,” stated the knowledgable supply. “He goes out and sees the followers and indicators issues and makes himself current to the individuals who at all times supported him.”
The trial got here with no scarcity of soiled laundry aired — together with allegations of Depp throwing a booze bottle and Heard slicing off the tip of the actor’s finger — however the supply stated that Depp hunkered down and accepted it.
“It’s crucial that he knew the world noticed all the pieces come out,” stated the supply. “Johnny by no means wavered because the world was lastly permitted to know what he at all times knew [about the situation with Heard]. Then an American jury agreed with him on all of his claims. He was vindicated. How would you are feeling?”
As for Depp’s present state, bodily and mentally, the insider stated, “Contemplate that he’s gone from a trial to a rock ‘n’ roll tour to a film, with no breaks in between and no time to replicate, I’m positive he’s exhausted, however … he’s working laborious on the issues he loves.”