Johnny Depp celebrated his victory over ex-wife Amber Heard in court on a mind-blowingly expensive evening in the UK.
Johnny Depp shelled out over $87,000 for a special holiday curry dinner with his friends in England, just days after he won a major victory in a libel lawsuit against his ex-wife.
Depp, 58, enjoyed a feast of “real Indian food”, cocktails and pink champagne at Birmingham’s Varanasi Restaurant, which, according to its website, offers “heavenly recipes and a soothing atmosphere”.
The actor, described by restaurant staff as a “down to earth guy”, received a US$10.35 million (AU$14.4 million) sentence last week in a brutal libel trial against 36-year-old Amber Heard.
Edward Scissorhands the star hung out with his musician friend and collaborator Jeff Beck, 77, and 20 others at their party at what is billed as “Birmingham’s biggest Indian restaurant”.
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Depp stayed in the UK to join Beck on his tour. He even appeared on stage at several of the guitarist’s concerts, including at London’s Royal Albert Hall late last month.
The father of two traveled to Birmingham to perform with Beck on stage at his show at the city’s Symphony Hall. Depp and his entourage arrived at the trendy diner by 7 p.m. and took pictures with fans. daily mail reported.
The 20,000-square-foot restaurant was closed so Depp and his friends could eat alone, and they left around midnight.
Mohammed Hussain, Varanasi’s chief operating officer, told the publication: “We got a surprise call on Sunday afternoon saying that Johnny Depp wants to come eat with a group of people.”
“I was shocked and at first I thought maybe [joke]. But then his security team arrived. [and] checked the restaurant and we gave them the whole place because we were concerned that it might be disturbed by other patrons,” he continued.
Hussein told how the cooks prepared a feast for Pirates of the Caribbean a star that included delicacies such as kebabs, chicken tikka, paneer tikka masala, lamb karahi, and tandoori king prawns.
The executive also shed some light on the evening, noting that Depp was “a very nice, down-to-earth guy.”
“[He] spent a lot of time talking to the staff, our friends and family and was happy to take pictures with them. You would never have thought that he was such a big star. He had plenty of time for all of us,” Hussain said.
Hussain also stated that he promised not to reveal the full amount of the bill, but said that “the money was not a problem and it was easily in the five figures.”
He added, “We made more money from Depp’s visit than we did from our busiest night of the week, which is Saturday, when we have about 400 attendees.” The feast ended with a simple cheesecake and panna cotta for dessert.
Hussain then recalled the most amazing moment of the night when Depp “wanted to take a little break from everyone” for 20 minutes and sat with him in his office.
Hussain said the top performer wanted to monitor people on the CCTV in his office and wondered how the cameras worked.
He explained that he had not asked the Kentucky native about the lawsuit. “It was just a nice conversation with a very humble person. I’m still pinching myself because I never thought Johnny Depp would be in my office chatting about how a restaurant’s CCTV system works,” Hussain said. “It was a great honor for me to have him here.”
This article originally appeared in New York Post and has been reproduced with permission.