AceShowbiz - Robert Downey Jr. is celebrating his pal Johnny Depp's defamation trial win. The "Iron Man" star FaceTimed the "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" actor shortly after the latter scored victory in the legal battle against his ex Amber Heard.
The "Blow" actor's pal, Josh Richman, has confirmed the 57-year-old MCU star jumped on a video call to his close friend soon after he learned of the jury's verdict in his defamation case against his former spouse.
The call was made during a live stream charity event for Children's Hospital Los Angeles, with Downey Jr. telling Depp, "John, thank God it's over." A spokesperson also told the New York Post that Depp was "stoic" in his hotel room in the U.K. surrounded by his friends, including musician pal Jeff Beck, who he is on tour with, and staff members who were hysterically crying and screaming when they found out the good news.
Depp has been reveling in public appearances and talking to fans after he successfully sued Heard over a 2018 op-ed piece she had written for The Washington Post that alleged she was a victim of domestic abuse.
Depp celebrated winning his multi-million defamation case, which saw him awarded $15 million in damages, with fish and chips and a pint with musician Sam Fender at a boozer in Newcastle earlier this month. And he later ran up a five-figure bill on a curry feast said to be up to £50,000 (around $60,000) for Beck, 77, and around 20 guests when they took over the Varanasi in Birmingham after playing a gig in the city.
Meanwhile, Depp is teaming up with Beck on the forthcoming album, "18". The Hollywood Vampires rocker has been on the road performing with the legendary musician, whom he has been friends with since 2016, and the album has been in the making since 2019. It includes "Depp originals along with a wide range of covers that touches on everything from Celtic and Motown, to the Beach Boys and Killing Joke."
At the duo's shows, they have been performing their rendition of John Lennon's classic "Isolation", which is included on the digital and CD version of the LP. The 13-tracker includes Depp's original track, "This Is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr", which he sought approval of the estate of late Austrian-born American actress Hedy Lamarr before releasing, out now.
Depp asked Beck to play lead guitar on the ode to the "Dishonored Lady" star, and the rest is history. "18" is set to be released on September 30.