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20th Feb 2023

Johnny Depp ‘living in London’ after abandoning the US

Charlie Herbert

Johnny Depp 'living in London' after steering clear of LA

He’s left behind the ‘hubbub and craziness of LA’

Johnny Depp is living in London after having shunned America and Los Angeles, according to reports.

Whilst the actor has not yet bought a property in the British capital, he is said to be moving between hotels and staying with friends.

Despite owning property in LA, Depp has decided to turn his back on America after successfully suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel over an article in which she said to be a victim of domestic abuse.

He had previously been staying with his friend the late Jeff Beck in Sussex, but moved to London after the guitarist died last month at the age of 78.

A source close to Depp told the Sunday Times: “The hubbub and craziness of LA and New York can be exhausting.

“As much as London and Paris are busy, thriving cities, Johnny still feels he can relax and be creative there. He has always loved Europe, and people love him there. He feels very at home there and finds the European lifestyle a bit more his speed.”

In June last year, Depp won his multi-million dollar lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp was awarded $10.35m after his team successfully argued that Heard’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed, in which she spoke about being a victim of abuse – but did not name Depp – was defamatory.

Heard was awarded $2 million in her countersuit.

A number of appeals were launched on both sides following the ruling, but in December the pair finally settled the terms of the lawsuit after Heard agreed to pay Depp $1m.

The settlement will reportedly be paid by Heard’s insurance company who she took legal action against last month when they refused to cover her debt.

In a statement on social media, Heard stressed the settlement is not an admission of guilt, but rather a last-resort effort to move on.

“After a great deal of deliberation I have made a very difficult decision to settle the defamation case brought against me by my ex-husband in Virginia,” the 36-year-old said.

“It’s important for me to say that I never chose this. I defended my truth and in doing so my life as I knew it was destroyed. The vilification I have faced on social media is an amplified version of the ways in which women are re-victimised when they come forward.

“Now I finally have an opportunity to emancipate myself from something I attempted to leave over six years ago and on terms I can agree to.”

She added: “I have made no admission [of guilt]. This is not an act of concession.”

Depp is set to tour across Europe this summer with his band the Hollywood Vampires which also includes Alice Cooper, Joe Perry from Aerosmith and Tommy Henriksen.

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