How Johnny Depp Celebrated Verdict After Winning Trial Against Amber Heard

Where was Johnny Depp, once a Hollywood A-lister and now a figure marred by scandal and controversy, when the legal case that gripped the nation finally came to an end with a verdict in his favor?

While Heard could be seen in court as the jury expressed its verdict, dressed in black and visibly crushed by the result of the case, Depp was nowhere to be found in the court in Fairfax, Virginia.

The 58-year-old actor was in fact celebrating the verdict thousands of miles away from the court where the trial followed by millions of people around the world had unfolded for six weeks: he was at a pub in the U.K.

Depp was reportedly touring Britain with English guitar legend Jeff Beck, in what the Daily Mail described as "previously scheduled work commitments," according to what an unidentified source told the British tabloid.

The actor was spotted celebrating the verdict at the Bridge Tavern, a pub in Newcastle, with Beck and British singer Sam Fender. The British singer shared a photo of the group on his Instagram profile, writing: "Some serious heroes."

According to Newcastle's Chronicle Live, Depp left the pub minutes before the verdict came in. The pub exploded in chants of "Johnny! Johnny!" once the verdict ruled in favor of Depp, according to the British local newspaper.

On Wednesday after three days of deliberation, the seven-person jury in Fairfax declared that Heard had defamed her ex-husband in her now famous op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018.

Despite the fact that Heard did not directly mention Depp in her op-ed as the powerful Hollywood man she had publicly denounced, despite her career suffering as a result of it, the jury in Fairfax agreed with Depp that the actor had been defamed.

After the verdict, Depp thanked the jury in a statement saying he was given "his life back."

"Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed," Depp said in a statement.

"And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled."

But the verdict is not quite the redemption for Depp, as Heard was found to have also been defamed in one instance of the case. Heard was awarded $2 million while Depp was awarded $12 million (then turned into $10.35 million for legal reasons).

And despite the verdict finally bringing the case to an end, the trial has brought up lurid, intimate and embarrassing details about both Heard and Depp that are unlikely to be forgotten by the public. The subject around which the defamation trial revolved, domestic abuse, remains messy and problematic.

Depp lost a previous defamation case in the U.K. against the British tabloid The Sun, which had called him a "wife beater," as the jury found that the claim was "substantially true." During the trial in Virginia, Depp and Heard reciprocally accused each other of physical abuse.

After the verdict was pronounced, Heard said she was extremely disappointed by the jury's decision.

"The disappointment I feel today is beyond words," the actor said in a statement. "I'm heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.

"I'm even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously."

Alafair Hall, a spokesperson for Heard, told The New York Times that the actor will likely appeal the jury's verdict.

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In this photo, actor Johnny Depp smokes during a break in his trial at a Fairfax County Courthouse on May 27, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Depp was spotted at a pub in Newcastle, UK, before the verdict was called in on Wednesday. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images