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Johnny Depp’s superfans are camping outside the Fairfax County Circuit Court overnight in the hope that they can bag a seat to watch the actor’s defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Fans have for weeks lined the streets to cheer on the 58-year-old actor, with many of them frantically waving ‘Justice for Johnny’ signs and thrusting presents towards Depp’s outstretched arms as he drives past them in his SUV.
Hundreds of people, some of whom have traveled from across the US as well as from countries including the UK, have camped outside the courthouse with the hope of trying to get one of the 100 seats in the courtroom to watch the trial.
Some of Depp’s fans have spent as much as $30,000 to travel to Virginia and others have huddled together in their sleeping bags since the early hours of the morning waiting to catch a glimpse of the actor. Some have camped since 1am every day so that they can sit in the courtroom.
So many fans have been arriving at around 8pm in the evenings and camping out in their cars and on the streets surrounding the courthouse that the Fairfax County Sheriff’s office have put up signs telling the superfans not to arrive before 1am.
One of Depp’s supporters has even revealed that they have spent $2,200 on new outfits especially for their appearance at the trial, which is broadcast on a livestream.
Fans have for weeks lined the streets to cheer on the 58-year-old actor, with many of them frantically waving ‘Justice for Johnny’ signs and thrusting presents towards Depp’s outstretched arms as he drives past them in his SUV. Pictured: Depp holds out his hand to a fan during a break at the Fairfax County Courthouse on Tuesday
Johnny Depp’s superfans are camping outside the Fairfax County Circuit Court overnight in the hope that they can bag a seat to watch the actor’s $100million defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard
Fans wait for the arrival of American Depp prior to the start of Depp v Heard at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 11
So many fans have been arriving at around 8pm in the evenings and camping out in their cars and on the streets surrounding the courthouse that the Fairfax County Sheriff’s office have put up signs telling the superfans not to arrive before 1am
Deputies hold back onlookers in preparation of Depp departing outside court during the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on May 18
Johnny Depp gestures to fans during a break at the Fairfax County Courthouse, in Fairfax, during his civil trial with Amber Heard, on Tuesday
Many of the fans have showered Depp with gifts, cards and bouquets of flowers as he drove by them. The actor has revelled in their support, waving to them as he drives by. Pictured: Fans wave as Depp’s car drives past
Hundreds of people, some of whom have traveled from across the US as well as from countries including the UK, have camped outside the courthouse with the hope of trying to get one of the 100 seats in the courtroom to watch the trial. Pictured: Spectators listen in the courtroom at the defamation trial on Thursday
Ivan De Boer, 59, from Los Angeles told PEOPLE that she has used her annual paid vacation leave to attend the trial and has so far spent $30,000 on expenses.
‘I took my whole year’s vacation so I could be here for Johnny. I’m the same age as Johnny. I’m single, so I do what I want to, basically,’ she said, adding that she has ‘no regrets’ about spending so much money. ‘I’d regret it more if I wasn’t here.’
Many of the fans have showered Depp with gifts, cards and bouquets of flowers as he drove by them. The actor has revelled in their support, waving to them as he drives by.
Depp and Heard were banned from giving autographs to fans hoping to meet the pair outside the court by a judge last month ahead of the start of their defamation trial – in an attempt to stop the case from becoming a circus.
The trial revolves around a 2018 Washington Post op-ed written by Heard where she referred to herself as a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’. Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million, alleging defamation in the op-ed whilst Heard has countersued for defamation for $100 million from the actor.
The couple married in a private civil ceremony at their LA home in February 2015 but after just 15 months of marriage, Heard filed for divorce in May 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. Four days later a judge issued a temporary restraining order against Depp over domestic violence allegations.
The high-profile defamation trial has meant hundreds of fans have camped outside the Fairfax courthouse to catch a glimpse of Depp and Heard.
‘We’ve been here since 8.30pm last night,’ Gabrielle, a fan of Depp who drove from North Carolina, told Fox News on Wednesday.
‘We’re on Johnny’s team,’ another fan, who had been in line since 3am, said. ‘With Johnny all the way.’
Sharon Smith, 52, from the UK, said she decided to pack up her things and fly to Virginia so that she could watch the trial after leaving her 12-year relationship. She queues up outside the courthouse at 1am every day to ensure she has a spot to sit in the courtroom.
‘I’ve been coming back and forth [to Virginia] from Los Angeles so you’re looking at $600 to $700 each time, 10 hours of our life in the air. But yeah, hotel, food, drinks, about $10,000,’ Smith told PEOPLE of the amount of money she’s spent so far on the trial.
Another Depp fan, Emily, 26, from Arlington, Virginia, told the outlet she woke up at 2am on May 4 so that she could be one of the first to queue up outside the courthouse.
‘My friends think I’m insane for doing it but I think it’s a historic trial and I think it’s really interesting that it’s taking place in Northern Virginia,’ she said.
The high-profile defamation trial has meant hundreds of fans have camped outside the Fairfax courthouse to catch a glimpse of Depp and Heard
A supporter of Amber Heard stands with other onlookers outside court during the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on 18 May
Depp fans line up outside the courthouse to catch a glimpse of Depp as he leaves the court
Supporter of Depp holds a sign outside court during the defamation trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on May 18
Depp waves to his fans as he departs outside court during the defamation trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on May 18
Fans (pictured on Tuesday) have lined the streets for weeks, many of them holding ‘Justice for Johnny’ signs to show their support for Depp
Meanwhile, Jennifer, 43, from Rome, New York, told PEOPLE she has paid $2,200 on shopping trips to buy new clothes for the trial.
‘As a person who has been through domestic violence herself, it just needed to be something that we did. I’ve been here since the start of the trial,’ she said. ‘I’m self-employed, so it was very flexible.’
On Thursday, Depp arrived in court to applause from cheering fans waiting outside, as he joked he had made them all waffles for breakfast.
On the 19th day of the defamation trial, the actor’s black SUV was blaring reggae music as he pulled up at the courthouse in Fairfax and was greeted by adoring fans.
Depp, who was wearing a grey suit whilst clutching his two doodle notepads, joked to reporters that the crowd was cheering because he had made them waffles.
‘I just made breakfast for all of them this morning. Waffles,’ Depp told reporters as he walked towards the court and waved at the screaming fans.
Before entering the building, Depp could be seen saying good morning to police officers who were standing by the door and shaking their hands.
Depp has previously joked to reporters and photographers that he has a ‘lot of relatives’ when referencing the dozens of fans who have religiously waited outside the courthouse for weeks.
One fan who had been waiting outside the court for Depp said a reporter had asked them whether they had in fact received waffles from the actor but they said it had been a ‘cute joke’.
Depp has consistently been met with an extraordinary amount of fanfare throughout the defamation trial, despite the actor being accused of domestic violence – an allegation he strongly denies.
Meanwhile, Heard, 36, was seen walking into the court building alone carrying a cup of coffee whilst fans appeared to be silent behind her. She said good morning to the two police officers standing by the door and asked them how they were.
Depp has made a habit out of arriving to the courthouse blasting reggae music from his black SUV. Among the songs he has played are ‘War’ and ‘Exodus’ by Bob Marley.
Johnny Depp holds out his hand to an overwhelmed fan during a break at the Fairfax County Courthouse, in Fairfax, during his civil trial with Amber Heard, on May 17
Whitney Henriquez and Amber Heard depart outside court on May 18
supporter of Amber Heard stands with other onlookers outside court during the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard civil trial on May 18
On Thursday, Depp’s ex-girlfriend Ellen Barkin told the court that the actor was a controlling, jealous, angry man back in the 1990s when the two dated.
‘Where are you going?’ Barkin said Depp would ask her. ‘Who are you going with? What did you do last night?’
Barkin added: ‘I had a scratch on my back once that got him very, very angry because he insisted it came from me having sex with a person who wasn’t him.’
Barkin recalled her relationship with Depp during a previously taped deposition that was played in a Virginia courtroom Thursday by lawyers for Heard.
Heard’s attorneys are trying to undermine Depp’s libel lawsuit against her. Depp says a 2018 op-ed piece Heard wrote in The Washington Post unfairly portrayed him as a domestic abuser and cost him a lucrative Hollywood career that included the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie franchise.
Depp has testified he never struck Heard and that he was the victim of abuse inflicted by her. But Heard’s attorneys say those denials lack credibility because he frequently drank and used drugs to the point of blacking out.
During Barkin’s deposition, she testified that Depp was ‘always drinking or smoking a joint’ or doing other illegal drugs. She said she dated Depp for about three to five months and characterized the relationship as more sexual than romantic.
Barkin co-starred with Depp in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.’ During filming, Barkin said Depp threw a wine bottle in her direction while he was fighting with some friends in a hotel room. However, she said she didn’t know why he threw the bottle.
Heard’s attorneys argue that Depp’s career free-fall was the result of his own bad behavior — not Heard’s op-ed. They played witness testimony that charted the actor’s rise and fall from ‘the biggest movie star in the world’ to a man who struggled with drugs, money and the ability to show up at movie sets on time.
On Thursday, Depp’s ex-girlfriend Ellen Barkin told the court that the actor was a controlling, jealous, angry man back in the 1990s when the two dated
Tracey Jacobs, who served as the actor’s agent for about 30 years, said Depp was ‘showing up late to set consistently on virtually every movie’ during their final years working together.
‘I was very honest with him and said, ‘You’ve got to stop doing this – this is hurting you,’ Jacobs said. ‘And it did.’
Jacobs said Depp was an extraordinary talent but his behavior in the years before he fired her in 2016 became increasingly unprofessional, while his drug and alcohol use increased, Jacobs said.
‘And it also got around town,’ Jacobs said. ‘I mean, people talk, it’s a small community. And it made people reluctant to use him.’
Joel Mandel, Depp’s former business manager, testified in a previously recorded deposition that the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films had ‘catapulted him into an entirely different level of success.’
‘It meant more employees,’ Mandel said. ‘It meant buying additional property. … It meant a bigger life and a more expensive one.’
Things began to change around 2010, and it ‘became clear over time that there were issues with alcohol and drugs,’ Mandel said. ‘And that translated into more erratic behavior, more stressful behavior, more times when it was difficult to engage in the kinds of conversations I needed to do my job.’
Barkin recalled her relationship with Depp during a previously taped deposition that was played in a Virginia courtroom Thursday by lawyers for Heard
At one point, Depp was spending around $100,000 a month for a doctor and staff to help him get sober, Mandel said. At another, he was spending $300,000 a month on full-time staff, he said. And he said there also were times when Depp spent thousands of dollars a month on prescription drugs.
‘The spending levels had grown very, very, very large and required that level of incredibly high income to be maintained,’ Mandel said. ‘And when it dropped off, the disconnect became untenable.’
Mandel said he became extremely worried about Depp’s finances in 2015, but that Depp met those concerns with anger. He said the actor fired him in 2016.
Bruce Witkin, a musician who was friends with Depp for nearly 40 years, testified in a previously recorded deposition that Depp could become jealous in his romantic relationships.
That jealousy was demonstrated with Heard when she would be off filming a movie ‘or doing something that he couldn’t be around to see what was going in,’ Witkin said. ‘I think he would work himself up.’
Witkin said he once saw bruises on Heard’s arm when he and Depp were working on a documentary about Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. And he saw Depp with a ‘fat lip’ one time. But Witkin said he never saw Depp or Heard physically abuse each other.