Johnny Depp bears 'no ill will' towards Amber Heard as he looks to move on with 'ton of projects'
Johnny Depp is looking forward to hitting the road with his Hollywood rock band as he wishes Amber Heard no "ill will" nearly one month after his landmark victory in court.
A source revealed that the 59-year-old actor is gearing up for his summer 2023 music tour with the Hollywood Vampires and just wants to move forward with his life following the highly publicized courtroom saga. This comes after Heard, 36, was ordered to pay $10.35 million - which includes punitive damages of $350,000 -- to Depp. Judge Penney Azcarate reportedly told the actress she would have to post a bond for the full amount before an appeal can even be considered. Meanwhile, the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star was also ordered to pay his ex-wife $2 million.
“After all is said and done, Johnny wishes no ill will for Amber. He isn’t going to jump on the social media hate bandwagon and he just wants to move forward with his own life,” a source close to Depp told HollywoodLife. “Johnny can’t wait to go on tour next year and even though it’s a ways away he has a ton of projects lined up to keep him very busy in the meantime,” the insider explained. “Johnny is happier than he has been in a long time and he feels like this is a whole new chapter for him. Music has always been cathartic for Johnny and this is really what he needs right now after all the stress and drama he’s dealt with for the past several years."
Earlier this month, a Virginia-based jury ruled overwhelmingly in Depp's favor and awarded him more than $10 million in damages after deciding that Heard defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed about becoming a "public figure representing domestic abuse." While she did not mention Depp in the essay, his lawyers argued that the implications were obvious and damaged their client's career. The seven-member jury also awarded Heard $2 million in damages on one of her three defamation counterclaims.
Following Depp's legal triumph, the actor and musician announced on June 22 that he was going on tour with his rock outfit Hollywood Vampires. The 'Donnie Brasco' star returned to the music scene with his band which consists of Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Alice Cooper, and Tommy Henriksen. The 59-year-old actor has been polishing his skills by crashing his pal Jeff Beck's live shows, surprising his fans, and singing their track 'Isolation' a couple of times. In the meantime, Depp is also filming 'Puffins' where he stars as Johnny Puff. The vindicated star is also set to play Louis XV in 'Jeanne du Barry' which is in pre-production, according to HollywoodLife.
As mentioned, Hollywood Vampires is set for its 2023 tour and will be performing at Rudolf Weber- Arena, Oberhausen, Germany on June 20, Rockhal Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg on June 21, Olympiahalle Munich, Germany, on June 24, Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany, on June 27, Citadel Music Festival, Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin, Germany on June 28, and Summer in the City Zitadelle Mainz, Mainz, Germany on June 30. For tickets, information, and more you can redirect yourself to www.HollywoodVampires.com.