Johnny Depp was spotted taking selfies with a fan on an entirely different continent as he took a break from his blockbuster libel trial.
Johnny Depp took a selfie with an admiring fan at a UK print shop this week – as he enjoys the break in his libel trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.
the Pirates of the Caribbean The star was buying art prints and picture frames at a shop called King and McGaw in Newhaven, East Sussex, on England’s south coast, at around 5pm on Wednesday, said Emma Wishart – whose husband Stephen works in the shop – at the NY Post.
The port town of Newhaven, near Brighton, is 6,000 km from the courthouse near Washington DC. The case is currently on a one-week hiatus.
“Unfortunately I wasn’t there but my husband was thrilled!” Ms Wishart said in a message on Thursday.
Her husband and Depp took a photo together, showing the two smiling men and the actor with his hands on the shopkeeper’s shoulders.
Depp “was very nice and relaxed and they talked about guitars,” she said, adding that the actor hadn’t bought anything but could return.
In the selfie, which Ms Wishart posted on Twitter, Depp is pictured wearing sunglasses, which he often kept in the courtroom during his highly watched trial in Fairfax, Virginia.
A spokesperson for Depp, 58, confirmed the actor is currently in Sussex.
The Wisharts “both look up to him very much,” Emma said, but “are a bit old for too much adoration.”
Although she did not follow the trial very closely, “of course it was impossible not to hear anything at all”, she added.
“I don’t like their private lives displayed for public entertainment and I haven’t read or watched anything on purpose.”
The post office reported exclusively on Wednesday that Depp was overseas while court proceedings were on vacation.
“Johnny is in Europe to take time off to rest for a few days, hang out with old friends, play music and take long walks in the countryside,” a source close to him said.
the Edward Scissorhands the actor sued Heard, 36, for US$50m (Au$72m) in defamation in 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote in which she called herself “a public figure representing domestic violence”.
Heard did not name Depp in the essay. But his lawyers argue it still smeared him – and cost him millions – because he was clearly referring to domestic abuse allegations Heard made when she filed for divorce in 2016.
the Aquaman The actor hit back with his own US$100 million (A$144 million) counter-suit alleging Depp was waging a “smear campaign” to ruin his life.
The two have been arguing in a Virginia court for four weeks over the claims. Proceedings paused May 5, after Heard’s second day on the stand, and will resume Monday.
Just before his failed libel suit against Britain The sun In 2020, Depp traveled to Sussex to play music with his friend Jeff Beck and prepare the case, according to a report at the time.
This article originally appeared in the NY Post and has been republished with permission.