Johnny Depp lands in the Czech Republic ahead of his appearance at Karlovy Vary IFF


He has been cleared by a court to proceed with a $50 million defamation suit against Amber Heard.

And Johnny Depp, 58, arrived in the Czech Republic on Thursday evening ahead of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The accoladed actor looked upbeat as he landed in Central Europe, having flown in from London

Film star: Johnny Depp rocked a khaki denim jacket as he landed in the Czech Republic ahead of his appearance at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Thursday night

The Pirates of the Caribbean star rocked a khaki denim jacket and flat cap, also sporting a bronze-lensed pair of sunglasses.

At the airport, Johnny was joined by the president of the film festival Jiří Bartoška, 74, who looked delighted to pose for snaps with the acting legend.

The father-of-two waved to fans as he puffed on a cigarette, and was later seen being whisked away to his hotel.  

Overseas project: The accoladed actor looked upbeat as he landed in Central Europe, having flown in from London

Overseas project: The accoladed actor looked upbeat as he landed in Central Europe, having flown in from London

Casual: The Pirates of the Caribbean star rocked a khaki denim jacket and flat cap

Airport sighting: Johnny also sported a bronze-lensed pair of sunglasses

Casual: The Pirates of the Caribbean star rocked a khaki denim jacket and flat cap

Greeting: At the airport, Johnny was joined by the president of the film festival Jiří Bartoška

Greeting: At the airport, Johnny was joined by the president of the film festival Jiří Bartoška

Despite him wanting to take pictures and and sign autographs for those who had waited to see him, COVID restrictions meant this was not allowed.   

Some of Johnny’s latest projects will be recognised at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

At 2pm on Friday, he will greet festival-goers upon arrival at the red carpet, before introducing the film Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan, which he features in. 

Acting legend: The father-of-two waved to fans as he puffed on a cigarette

Acting legend: The father-of-two waved to fans as he puffed on a cigarette

And smile! Jiří looked delighted to pose for snaps with the acting legend

And smile! Jiří looked delighted to pose for snaps with the acting legend

Awaited by fans: Despite Johnny wanting to take pictures and and sign autographs for those who had waited to see him, COVID restrictions meant this was not allowed

Awaited by fans: Despite Johnny wanting to take pictures and and sign autographs for those who had waited to see him, COVID restrictions meant this was not allowed

The screening will be followed by a talk with the filmmakers, Johnny himself and director Julien Temple. 

The film documentary explores the life of Irish singer-songwriter and Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan.

Johnny will also introduce Minamata on Saturday, a film whereby a war photographer documents the devastating effect of mercury poisoning in Japanese coastal communities.

In the afternoon, the Golden Globe winner will be a guest at the closing ceremony of the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Success: Some of Johnny's latest projects will be recognised at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, including Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan and Minamata

Success: Some of Johnny’s latest projects will be recognised at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, including Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan and Minamata

Meanwhile, on Tuesday a Virginia judge ruled that Johnny can proceed with the litigation, based on a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she penned saying she was a domestic violence survivor. 

She did not mention Johnny in the story, though she publicly accused him of abusing her in their 2016 split.

The actor is trying to clear his name after losing a defamation suit against The Sun after the paper branded him a ‘wife-beater’ amid allegations of domestic abuse. 

Projects: The Shane MacGowan film explores the life of the Irish singer-songwriter and Pogues frontman

Important plots: Johnny will also introduce Minamata at the film festival on Saturday, a film whereby a war photographer documents the devastating effect of mercury poisoning in Japanese coastal communities

Important plots: Johnny will also introduce Minamata at the film festival on Saturday, a film whereby a war photographer documents the devastating effect of mercury poisoning in Japanese coastal communities

Special guest: On Saturday afternoon, the Golden Globe winner will be a guest at the closing ceremony of the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Special guest: On Saturday afternoon, the Golden Globe winner will be a guest at the closing ceremony of the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Johnny’s suit, filed in Fairfax County, Virginia, accuses Heard of creating a ‘hoax’ account; Amber had requested the libel suit against her, filed in March 2019, be thrown out, claiming the ruling in the UK case should swing any new cases in her favor because they both relate to domestic abuse allegations against Johnny. 

But Judge Penny Azcarate ruled the statements made by The Sun and Amber were ‘inherently different.’

The ruling stated: ‘The Sun’s interests were based on whether the statements the newspaper published were false. [Heard’s] interests relate to whether the statements she published were false.’

On his way: Johnny was later seen being whisked away to his hotel

On his way: Johnny was later seen being whisked away to his hotel

The ruling also noted that Johnny filed the defamation suit against The Sun before Amber’s op-Ed was published – and that she was not named in the case against the British paper.

In the December 2018 op-Ed, the actress wrote: ‘I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.’  

The UK’s High Court ruled against Johnny following an explosive three-week trial last July, finding allegations the actor was a ‘wife beater’ were ‘substantially true.’ 

The judge ruled that Johnny assaulted Amber on a dozen occasions and put her in ‘fear of her life’ three times often while on drink and drugs binges, which he said turned the actor into a ‘monster’ in one of the most high-profile libel clashes in recent years.

Sue: On Tuesday, Johnny won the right to sue Amber Heard (pictured in November 2011) in a $50 million libel case after a Virginia judge threw out the actress's plea to dismiss the suit

Sue: On Tuesday, Johnny won the right to sue Amber Heard (pictured in November 2011) in a $50 million libel case after a Virginia judge threw out the actress’s plea to dismiss the suit

Lawyers for The Pirates of the Caribbean star had asked two Court of Appeal judges to grant permission for him to challenge the ruling, with the aim of having its findings overturned and a second trial ordered. 

They claimed the judge in Johnny’s initial libel trial had not ‘factually’ considered all the allegations of violence against him and that they had ‘fresh evidence’ Amber had ‘lied’ about giving her entire $7 million divorce settlement to charity.

They said that the charity claim influenced how her testimony was viewed, but the Court of Appeal ruled that it did not have an impact on the judge and that he would have reached the same conclusion on Heard being the victim of domestic violence.

Johnny lost his role in Warner Bros Fantastic Beasts following the High Court judgment, and the damage to his reputation risks him losing out on more roles in the future. 

Claims: The High Court libel case heard a string of claims about the nature of Johnny's relationship with his ex-wife Amber, and was nicknamed the trial of the century

Claims: The High Court libel case heard a string of claims about the nature of Johnny’s relationship with his ex-wife Amber, and was nicknamed the trial of the century



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