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Johnny Depp leaves ‘large tip’ after booking out Midlands curry house

Coventry Editorial 6th Jun, 2022

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, who is performing in Birmingham tonight, left a “large tip” after booking out a Birmingham curry house as he continues a series of surprise appearances alongside Jeff Beck.

The actor is due to appear on stage on tonight (Monday June 6) at the Birmingham Symphony Hall just days after a jury ruled against Amber Heard in their defamation trial.

The 58-year-old dined out at Varanasi in the city’s Broad Street but he has also been seen in Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield in recent weeks.

Johnny Depp (right) appearing alongside Jeff Beck. Copyright PA Media. Picture by: Raph Pour-Hashemi

The appearances follow the Pirates of the Caribbean actor’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard which came to a close in the United States last week.

A jury found Ms Heard’s 2018 article in the Washington Post about her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse to be defamatory and awarded $10.35million (£8.2 million) in damages to Mr Depp.

Ms Heard won on one count of her counter-suit, successfully arguing Depp’s press agent defamed her by claiming her allegations were “an abuse hoax” aimed at capitalising on the #MeToo movement. The jury awarded her $2 million (£1.5 million) in damages.

The actor was not in court for the jury findings on Wednesday, and has instead been touring with musician Jeff Beck appearing at a host of UK dates.

Super fan Sarah Hill from Redditch told this newspaper:

“Sadly we couldn’t get tickets tonight but we’re going to wait outside and try and get a photo with him. My sister is coming from Rugby and our friend has driven up from the Cotswolds. We can’t wait. It’s not often a Hollywood movie star comes to the West Midlands! I’ve loved him since 21 Jump Street days!”

Sam Anderson from Coventry said:

“We’ll be there! We managed to get tickets. I’m a huge Jeff Beck fan so have had my tickets for a while. But having Johnny Depp perform too will be the icing on the cake. I’ve always liked his films and he’s actually a great musician. I had someone offer me £150 for my tickets this morning but I said no way. It’s my birthday tomorrow so this is my birthday treat.”

Mr Beck is playing a concert at Symphony Hall in Birmingham tonight and Mr Depp’s team have confirmed the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas star will once again be appearing on stage.

Mo Hussain, operations director at Varanasi said Mr Depp’s security team had called to ask if they could take a look around the restaurant venue on Sunday afternoon, before booking the entire 300-cover restaurant out last night.

Mr Depp and Mr Beck then arrived with about two dozen members of their tour crew, from 7.30pm, enjoying a three-course dinner of chicken tikka shashlik, vegetable samosas and a king prawn starter.

Mr Hussain said once Mr Depp had finished he spent time “hugging, kissing and having photos taken” with members of staff, and friends and family members of the restaurant bosses.

“He was very humble, and he stayed to talk and greet everyone,” added Mr Hussain.

“He met my three daughters and they made him give them a few one-liners from his movies.

“He did ‘you’re weird’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Mr Hussain added:

“He was really good with the children, but there was about 60 of us there and he didn’t leave one person without hugging or kissing them, or shaking their hands.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment, really.

“Some of the staff were asking about the recent court case, but he was just smiling – it was a smile of relief.”

Mr Hussain said:

“They spent a lot of money, it’s a big venue to hire out, but they never even looked at the bill.

“He gave a large tip.”

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