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Johnny Depp waves to fans as he arrives at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Johnny Depp blew kisses to fans on the red carpet (Picture: Gisela Schober/Getty Images)

Johnny Depp has been spotted waving and blowing kisses to fans as he arrived at Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor was greeted by fans at the airport before walking the red carpet for the event.

He was suited and booted for the occasion, with the star taking to the stage at the 55th film festival, which will screen various films he’s been involved in – Crock Of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan, which the actor produced, and Minamata, which he stars in.

Depp appeared to want to greet fans, although his personal security didn’t permit it due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The film festival comes amid Depp’s legal battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

It was recently ruled that he will be able to have a second libel trial in the US, despite losing his claim against The Sun’s publisher in the UK last year. 

He presented his new film Crock of Gold (Picture: AP)

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 58, was accused of domestic abuse by the Aquaman actress, 35, during their marriage, something he has firmly denied.

A judge has ruled that the decision in his lawsuit against NGN – which found that there was substantial truth in a headline referring to Depp as a ‘wife-beater’ – should not derail his second case against ex-wife Amber Heard, which is set to take place in Virginia, United States, next year.

Depp is suing Heard over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, in which she 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.’

Depp took to the stage at the event (Picture: Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
It’s the 55th Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Picture: AP)

Heard had argued that the Virginia case should be dismissed based on Depp’s loss against NGN, as both actions centred on whether the actor was a domestic abuser.

However, County Chief Judge Penney Azcarate  issued an opinion saying: ‘The Court is not persuaded by Defendant’s argument that Plaintiff had a full and fair opportunity to litigate the UK Action. Defendant was not a part in the UK action and was not treated as one.’

The actor’s in the midst of a legal battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard (Picture: SplashNews.com)
Despite a loss in the UK, his libel case in the US can continue (Picture: SplashNews.com)

She added: ‘In fact, Defendant could not have been a named defendant to the UK. litigation because her allegedly defamatory statements were made after the UK. action commenced’, and noted that Heard was not subject to the same discovery rules. 

Depp recently alluded to the legal battle while promoting Minamata, claiming that Hollywood has ‘boycotted’ him.

He told The Sunday Times: ‘Some films touch people. And this affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things. And for anything … For Hollywood’s boycott of, erm, me? One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the last number of years?

‘But, you know, I’m moving towards where I need to go to make all that … To bring things to light.’

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