Johnny Depp has won his libel case against ex-wife Amber Heard after the jury ruled that he was defamed.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor was awarded $15 million but the judge reduced the $5 million punitive damages and deducted $2 million to pay the Aquaman star.
In total, the actor walks away with $8.35 million in damages.
Depp, who was not present as he was in the UK on tour with guitar legend Jeff Beck, was seen in Newcastle’s Jam Jar bar on Wednesday, reports say.
Before the jury’s verdict was announced, the actor was also spotted at The Bridge Tavern on Quayside, walking through the beer garden and smiling at some customers.
He sported blue sunglasses and a cap with green trousers and a brown jacket.
One customer took to Twitter and wrote: “Met Johnny Depp in Bridge Tavern Newcastle just now… that was quite surreal.”
Another wrote: “For anyone interested… Johnny Depp and Sam Fender (have) just been seen in The Bridge Tavern pub on Newcastle Quayside.”
The manager of the Bridge Tavern told Chronicle Live that Depp was ‘incredible’ and was at first given a private space when he arrived at the pub three hours before the verdict was publicly announced.
“He was the loveliest man I have ever seen in my life,” Janine Latchford said. “My assistant is heavily pregnant and he was telling her how beautiful being a parent was. He was really down to earth, he was lovely.”
The manager continued: “He was incredible. He gave me a hug and I told him that I loved him pretty much as soon as I saw him!
“He loved the art work and he was asking questions about the Tyne Bridge. He said he’d never been to Newcastle before.”
She also said that the actor had fish and chips for dinner.
Meanwhile, Amber Heard walked into the court wearing a black dress.
In a statement after the verdict, Amber Heard expressed the disappointment she felt. “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.”
The Aquaman star looked down as she left the court and climbed into a truck with her sister Whitney.
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