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In an interview with ITV News Tyne T-ShirtsPublished Thursday, Lauren Whittington recalled Depp, 58, visiting the Bridge Tavern in Newcastle, England, of which she is the general manager, on Wednesday.
“None of us could believe it,” Whittington told the outlet, adding that the Pirates of the Caribbean the actor “went unnoticed for maybe an hour before someone realized it was him and Jeff Beck just [sitting] eat fish and chips together in the corner.”
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According to Whittington, Depp “noticed that I’m Pregnant and asked me how much time I had left” during his visit to the pub on Wednesday.
“Then he gave me advice on [diapers]the lack of sleep and the first weeks of parenthood, saying that this will be the greatest gift I have ever received and that I will not know love like this until I look her in the eyes for the first times,” she said.
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“He was also talking about her children, who are grown up nowand how magical being a parent is,” she added.
Whittington told the outlet that Depp “left about an hour before the verdict” was due to be read in court in Fairfax, Virginia. (He won all three libel suits regarding Heard’s 2018 op-ed about filing domestic violence complaints, though she didn’t mention Depp by name in the article.)
“[He] said he had a Zoom call about [the verdict]so we wished him well and thanked him for being so nice, and he thanked us for having him,” Whittington said.
The the jury’s verdict has been revealed Wednesday afternoon in Fairfax, concluding the explosive six-week trial of Depp and Heard, which was televised live.
Ahead of the verdict, a spokesperson for Depp confirmed to PEOPLE that he would not be in the courtroom in person “due to previously scheduled work commitments made prior to trial.” The actor was on the scene with Beck, 77, abroad since Sunday.
Depp was awarded $15 million in damages following the verdict, but Heard will only have to pay $10.35 million due to a Virginia law capping punitive damages (the judge reduced the amount).
Jurors sided with Heard, 36, in one of his three defamation countersuits, awarding him $2 million in damages.
Following the judgment, Depp said in a statement that the “jury gave my life back to me”, adding in part: “I hope that my quest for the truth to be told has helped others, men and women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those who support them will never give up.”
Meanwhile heard said in a press release“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still not enough to withstand the disproportionate power, influence and grip of my ex-husband.”
“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It’s a setback,” she added.