Johnny Depp was mobbed by fans in Manchester after his latest gig on Saturday days after winning his $50 million lawsuit over ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor, 58, has been in England joining singer Jeff Beck on his tour and made an appearance during his friend’s gig at Manchester’s 02 Apollo in the north of England. 

The Sleepy Hollow star looked in great spirits as he was greeted by a crowdfans with Johnny posing for selfies and greeting his admirers. The star wore a multicoloured hat and a patterned shirt as he made his way out of the venue, with fans gathered along the route.

Earlier in the day Johnny was pictured leaving a hotel in Manchester with musician and friend Jeff. The actor, 58, has been in the UK to join Beck, 77, on his tour and played at his friend’s gig at the Sage Gateshead on Thursday and in Glasgow on Friday.

He stopped to sign autographs and pose for photos with gushing fans who were keen to show their support for the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. In Scotland , fans treated him like a long lost Beatle as he sang and played rhythm guitar while mumbling his way through a number of hits including Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and The Beatles hit Paperback Writer.

But Depp’s set at the Royal Concert Hall was repeatedly interrupted with fans eager to voice their support. They chanted, ‘Johnny, Johnny’, ‘Innocent, Innocent’ and ‘Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp’ with some Beck fans pleading with them to ‘shut up’.

It came after Depp sued his ex-wife Heard, 36, for $50million over a 2018 piece she had written that alleged she was a victim of domestic abuse. Depp won the trial by jury in Virginia in the US this week, meaning he is set to receive millions in compensation from Heard.  

His victory has been well-received by his fans, and despite Beck being billed as the main attraction during his UK tour, the audience have come alive whenever Depp has taken to the stage. Beck’s live appearance, which followed UK dates including shows in London and Sheffield, coincides with the news that he is planning to release a new album next month.

Though there is no official release date or title for the album, Beck has admitted to the fact that he sees Depp as a friend as well as a touring buddy. He said: ‘I’m going to take this opportunity to tell you that I met this guy five years ago and we haven’t stopped laughing since. We actually made an album. 

‘I don’t know how it happened. It will be out in July.’ In addition to the album, Depp has an upcoming role as King Louis XV in his first feature film in almost three years. Jeanne du Barry tells the story of Jeanne Bécu who was born as the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress in 1743 and went on to rise through the Court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress.

Depp has previously played with supergroup Hollywood Vampires alongside Alice Cooper and Joe Perry. In a statement following his defamation lawsuit against Heard, he hailed the start of a ‘new chapter’.

Depp learned he will walk away with millions of dollars after he won his US defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday.  After fans congratulated him on winning the suit the Pirates of the Caribbean star laughed and said: ‘Thank you, I’m still in shock a little.’ Depp also joked about the finger he claims Amber Heard severed during a fight they had in Australia, an ordeal he spoke about in court.

As he signed autographs he smiled, leant down, pointed at a little boy’s fingers and said: ‘You have five, I have four and seven eighths. Mad.’  During the trial he said: ‘She had thrown a bottle of vodka and cut my finger off. The tip of my finger. A good chunk.’

He went back to the Hilton to watch the court proceedings on Zoom as the verdict came in on June 1. Sources close to the star say he is ‘still regrouping’ after the stunning verdict, which requires his ex-wife to pay him about £8 million, which she does not have.

‘This is a huge moment for Johnny and he is still trying to take it all in,’ says a friend. ‘Aquaman’ actor Amber Heard will appeal the jury’s decision that she defamed ex-husband Depp when she claimed she was a survivor of sexual violence, her attorney said on Thursday.

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