AceShowbiz - Sir Paul McCartney is facing controversy for showing a clip of Johnny Depp during his history making Glastonbury set. As he sung the track "My Valentine" that went with the music video, the former member of The Beatles showed the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor using sign language on a giant screen behind him.
Depp, fresh from wining his defamation trial victory against ex-wife Amber Heard, appeared in the 2012 video alongside actress Natalie Portman. The clip featured Portman lip-syncing to the music while Depp strummed an acoustic guitar, with the images also shown by the BBC in their coverage of the Worthy Farm festival.
It came after McCartney, who made history on Saturday night, June 25 as the oldest solo performer to headline Glastonbury, used the footage in his recent U.S. "Get Back" tour, while Depp was in the midst of his six-week defamation trial against Heard.
McCartney did not address Depp or his court case victory during his Glastonbury set, but the crowd erupted in cheers as soon as the actor appeared on screen. Fans are now flooding social media to share mixed reactions to the playing of the clip.
Some say they were disappointed he appeared to be backing the actor, while others sided with Heard in her court fight against Depp. But many others insist they loved seeing Depp during McCartney's set. One person wrote, "Deeply disappointed in both Paul McCartney and Glastonbury for the Johnny Depp video. Feel like it goes against everything Glastonbury stands for."
Another hit out, "Not the cleverest thing to do. Paul - such a contentious judgement and a great way to alienate those who are not comfortable with the trial outcome." One of his many supporters, however, said, "To see Paul McCartney showing support for Johnny Depp at Glastonbury was brilliant. Well done to everyone involved."
McCartney, who celebrated his 80th birthday on June 18, was joined at his Glastonbury appearance by 53-year-old Dave Grohl and 72-year-old Bruce Springsteen. He also duetted with his late bandmate John Lennon on The Beatles' 1970 single "I've Got a Feeling" thanks to technology from 60-year-old fim director Peter Jackson, and waved the Ukraine flag in a show of solidarity with the war ravaged nation.
Father-of-five McCartney's use of the clip of Depp comes after Heard admitted she can't afford the $8.3 million in damages awarded him during her interview last week with "Dateline". Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10 million (£8.2 million) in compensatory damages and $5 million (£4 million) in punitive damages.
The second payment was reduced to $350,000 (£285,000) by the judge, while Heard was awarded $2 million (£1.6 million) in compensatory damages, meaning Depp walked away from the case with the "Aquaman" actress owing him $8.35 million (£6.81 million).