Johnny Depp makes first TV appearance at 2022 MTV VMAs since defamation trial

The actor's face appeared digitally in the helmet of a Moon Person floating above the stage

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Published: Mon 29 Aug 2022, 9:50 AM

At this year's MTV VMAs Hollywood star Johnny Depp marked his presence as the Moon Person, popping in for a few one-liners at the awards show.

Although the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star was not at the VMAs in his physical form, his face appeared digitally in the helmet of a Moon Person floating above the stage. "And you know what? I needed the work," Depp said during the beginning of the show.

"Hey VMAs, let's get back to the music, shall we?" he said in another appearance after a commercial break.

In a pre-recorded clip posted by Depp on his Instagram, the actor said, "I just want you guys to know that I'm available for birthdays, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, weddings, wakes, any old thing you need."

Although this time Depp did not have a nomination, in the past he has taken awards for best male performance, best villain, global superstar and the generation award, reported Variety.

This appearance by Depp comes only a few months after his controversial and highly publicized defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard in which the jury found that Heard defamed Depp in her 2018 Washington Post opinion piece, which alluded to being a victim of domestic violence.

However, the jury also found that Depp defamed Heard, through his attorney, while fighting back against her charges.

Depp has been attempting to restart his career in both film and music since the June verdict. He joined Jeff Black for multiple live performances in July and later the duo released their joint 13-track album titled '18.'

Most recently, it was announced that Depp is set to direct 'Modigliani,' a biographical drama movie about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, as per Variety.

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