Johnny Depp celebrates $15 million libel win against Amber Heard with Sam Fender on Newcastle Quayside
Hollywood star Depp was spotted drinking with local singer Fender as the verdict of his high-profile libel trial was announced
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Johnny Depp was snapped boozing with Geordie singer Sam Fender on the Newcastle Quayside on Wednesday night.
The ‘Seventeen Going Under’singer shared an image of himself having a drink with Depp at The Bridge Tavern pub on the Quayside.
One customer also snapped a video of the Hollywood actor being greeted by local fans as he entered the pub.
The pair were spotted just minutes before news broke that Depp had won $15 million in libel damages from Amber Heard after a long and hugely publicised court battle.
Depp’s appearance in Newcastle likely coincides with Jeff Beck, also drinking with Fender, who plays a show at the Sage Gateshead on Thursday, June 2.
Depp came on stage to perform alongside Beck at the Sheffield City Hall on Monday night.
Social media users were quick to leap on the photos and videos, sharing their disbelief that Depp might be in a local Geordie establishment as the climax of his high profile court case unfolded in the USA.
One user wrote: “My mind can’t comprehend the fact Sam Fender is sat in a pub with Johnny Depp watching the live verdict of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.”
Another said: “Johnny Depp on the lash in Newcastle with Sam Fender whilst his defamation verdict is being read out is just absolutely mental.”
One fan wrote: “Johnny Depp hearing the verdict of the trial whilst sat sinking pints with Sam Fender in Newcastle is nothing short of iconic.”
The actor’s win in the libel case comes after Heard, his ex-wife, said she had been a victim of abuse.
The jury found that Heard’s statements about her marriage were "false" and she acted with "actual malice".
The case took six weeks to play out and gripped the public throughout.
Fender is back in his home city after playing BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend last weekend.
The star admitted to struggling through the set.
During a candid moment on set he said: “Thank you so much for coming out to see us because we had a lot of fear today and been having a bit of a downer.
"You guys have really, really helped us overcome something tonight actually, funnily enough.
"So thank you very much."