FILM star Johnny Depp is expected to appear at the Sage Gateshead tomorrow night (June 2).

Depp, who is suing his former partner Amber Heard for 50 million dollars (£40 million), has this week played gigs with guitarist Jeff Beck as jurors continue to deliberate in his US defamation case.

The actor was on stage with rock veteran Beck at the Royal Albert Hall in west London on Monday and Tuesday of this week after surprising fans at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday.

It comes after jurors retired following their first full day of deliberations in Fairfax County, Virginia, where Depp’s legal battle with Heard is taking place.

The Pirates of The Caribbean actor is suing his former partner over a 2018 article she wrote in the Washington Post titled: “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”

The article does not mention Depp by name but his lawyers say it falsely implies he physically and sexually abused the Aquaman actress while they were together.

In April 2020, Beck and Depp announced they had been working together behind the scenes on new music and released a reimagining of John Lennon’s classic Isolation.