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Johnny Depp tapped for special appearance at MTV’s VMAs

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Johnny Depp on Hollywood Boulevard, where Jerry Bruckheimer was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pic credit: ©ImageCollect.com/Paul Smith/Featureflash

Johnny Depp is rumored to make a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards next weekend.

This comes after the former Pirates of the Caribbean actor inked a new lucrative deal with Dior.

Depp has been the face of the Sauvage fragrance for several years and has signed on to continue.

Despite successfully suing Amber Heard at the defamation trial back in May, Depp is still battling it out in court with his ex-wife.

They are both appealing the jury verdict in which he won all three counts of defamation while the actress won one count of defamation and was awarded $2 million.

The jury awarded Depp $10.35 million after they ruled that Heard’s allegations of “sexual violence” and “domestic abuse” were false and defamed Depp.

Johnny Depp is rumored to appear at the MTV Video Music Awards dressed as the network’s iconic mascot

The 59-year-old actor is in talks to dress up as a Moonman trophy at the star-studded award show, according to TMZ. The award ceremony is set to air next Sunday.

In the past, he has won five MTV Movie Awards, including Best Male Performance for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Depp has been making a comeback following the defamation trial that reignited his popularity.

As previously reported, he is set to star in a French movie as King Louis XV, with director Maiwenn at the helm.

He will also be directing the film co-produced by Al Pacino named Modigliani, a biopic about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, per The Hollywood Reporter.

“The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I’m incredibly honored and truly humbled, to bring to the screen. It was a life of great hardship, but eventual triumph — a universally human story all viewers can identify with,” Depp said.

Amber Heard’s team announced on August 15, 2022, that the Aquaman actress had retained the services of attorneys David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown of the Ballard Spahr law firm to work on her appeal.

Heard’s most high-profile trial attorney during the case, Elaine Bredehoft, is leaving while her other lead attorney Ben Rottenborn, remains on her legal team.

A statement from Heard’s new attorneys suggests that they will focus on her First Amendment – something she brought up several times following the verdict.

“We welcome the opportunity to represent Ms. Heard in this appeal as it is a case with important First Amendment implications for every American,” her attorneys wrote in a joint statement per Deadline.

“We’re confident the appellate court will apply the law properly without deference to popularity, reverse the judgment against Ms. Heard, and reaffirm the fundamental principles of Freedom of Speech.”