Johnny Depp has had a rollercoaster ride since winning $8.35 million in his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard on June 1.
On the one hand, court documents unsealed this week revealed that his former lover Ellen Barkin said in an affidavit that he had been “offensive” during their relationship, drank too much red wine and gave the actress a quaalude the first time they had sex. His alleged erectile dysfunction has been exposed, as have rough texts with Marilyn Manson.
Separately, Depp and guitarist Jeff Beck were accused of plagiarizing the poems of a convicted murderer in a new song they recorded together.
But last week, the actor made headlines when he announced a $3.6 million sale of his artwork – titled Friends & Heroes, which features pop art renderings of Al Pacino, Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Taylor and Keith Richards.
According to Castle Fine Art Gallery in London – where the 780-piece exhibition was set up and sold out “almost immediately” – the wild interest came as a surprise. “I don’t think anyone spoke [ahead of time] about our website crashing or the work selling out in a matter of hours,” a gallery spokesman told The Post.
“The trial may have given him an accelerant because people think he’s a hero,” a Depp insider told the Post. “But people have always been interested in what Johnny does.”
Depp has also basked in the spotlight at concerts with Beck onstage, and his contract as Sauvage’s spokesperson has been renewed: According to the Wall Street Journal, Sauvage was the top-selling men’s eau de parfum on Sephora when Depp’s trial ended in June.com.
He’s even back in front of the camera with a starring role in Jeanne du Barry, which was filmed on Monday.
The fact that this is a European film is probably no coincidence as the actor was forced to quit Fantastic Beasts in 2020 and was forced to walk the plank for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (before he Reportedly courted back in June ).
“Being in Europe is business as usual for Johnny,” a friend of Depp told the Post. “He wasn’t canceled or shamed there. So he continues to feel better [in Europe] than in the US.”
All of this high-profile activity could be seen as a calculated celebration of his being freed from the shackles of litigation, but the insider called the timing “accidental.” This is not a lap of honor. This is Johnny finally able to go back and live his life, buoyed by a landslide jury decision that overwhelmingly proved Amber Heard’s claims false.
Heard’s rep did not respond to a request for comment.
“Those plans were well laid out well before the trial,” the Depp insider added. “The tour and the film were already planned. In terms of art, he has been painting and giving pictures to people since I have known him. He never doesn’t paint.”
A gallery spokesman confirmed the art sale to The Post: “It’s about doing it when the gallery was done and when Johnny was done. The timing was decided before anyone knew [trial] Result.”
The album “18”, recorded with Beck, released on July 15, has been “in the works for quite some time, across two continents,” the insider said. “Johnny first came to Hollywood with a band and rock ‘n’ roll was his lifelong love.”
When Beck’s touring schedule collided with the end of the trial, Depp chose a side because of his commitment.
“He didn’t attend the sentencing hearing because he had already planned to tour with Jeff Beck,” the insider said of the more than a dozen live performances Depp played with the rocker. “Johnny missed the first night of the tour so he could be in the courtroom for closing arguments. But he would never let Jeff down. The arguments ended and he came to the tour as soon as possible.”
At a performance in Prague on July 11, Depp’s trial attorney Camille Vasquez was in the crowd and went backstage before the show. She was on vacation with her boyfriend and had younger members of her legal team in tow. The lawyer was seen handing what appears to be an ornate necklace to Depp, and the star smiled widely as he held it up to admire onlookers.
Although Vasquez received a hug and a warm welcome, a knowledgeable source told the Post that there was nothing to the online rumors of a romance between the two.
“Camille did a great job … but he and Camille were never good friends. Johnny was fighting for his life and she was employed by him to do it,” the source said. “When you’re in a foxhole, you might not go out for beers with the other people in the foxhole, but you want to win everyone.”
About six weeks earlier, when the legal victory was enforced, Depp learned about it while on tour in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Depp’s friend told the Post that the actor saw it on TV surrounded by friends. “Most of all,” said the friend, “he felt a sense of relief. They celebrated that night.”
When asked if champagne bottles had been slammed, the friend replied: “I don’t know if he was drinking alcohol. It was relief and validation.”
The insider added, “Johnny celebrated the win by stepping into what he loves more than anything: playing music and supporting the record he made with Jeff. A day after the verdict he played and a radical outpouring of support greeted him.”
In the UK, it was reported that around 200 fans hounded Depp outside the venue and girls had to be prevented from reaching out to the actor.
“Johnny takes it easy and does what he always does,” the knowledgeable source said. “He goes out and looks at the fans and signs things and makes his presence felt for the people who have always supported him.”
The trial aired with no shortage of dirty laundry – including allegations that Depp threw a liquor bottle and Heard cut off the actor’s fingertip – but the source said Depp crouched down and accepted it.
“It’s imperative that he knew the world saw it all,” the source said. “Johnny never faltered when the world was finally allowed to know what he always knew [about the situation with Heard]. Then an American jury agreed with him in all his claims. He has been confirmed. How would you feel?”
On Depp’s current condition, both physically and mentally, the insider said, “Consider he’s gone from a trial to a rock ‘n’ roll tour to a movie with no breaks in between and no time to think, there I am sure he’s exhausted but… he works hard at the things he loves.”
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