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Johnny Depp thanks fans for their support through the 'long and interesting episodes' of his life

Johnny Depp is taking a moment to thank his fan base as his very public legal war against ex-wife Amber Heard continues.

The Edward Scissorhands star, 57, took to his Instagram Friday with a nostalgic-feeling video showing him seated at a desk, penning a letter of gratitude.

The text was copied into the caption of the post, which read: ‘Hello All! I just wanted to thank you all once again for your constant and loyal support throughout many long and interesting episodes of my life…








Moment of gratitude: Johnny Depp took to his Instagram Friday with a nostalgic-feeling video showing him seated at a desk, penning a letter of gratitude

Moment of gratitude: Johnny Depp took to his Instagram Friday with a nostalgic-feeling video showing him seated at a desk, penning a letter of gratitude

‘I am only here because of you — and I’m only here for you!!!’ the caption continued.

‘All thanks and love to you for all, JD’

The post comes as Depp received word Friday from a Virginia court that there will indeed be a delay in the defamation trial he is bringing against Heard in the American courts… but not for the reason he had intended.

The text read, in part: 'I just wanted to thank you all once again for your constant and loyal support throughout many long and interesting episodes of my life'

The text read, in part: ‘I just wanted to thank you all once again for your constant and loyal support throughout many long and interesting episodes of my life’

Seen on Instagram in his new film Waiting For The Barbarians: These posts come as Depp received word Friday from a Virginia court that there will indeed be a delay in the new defamation trial he is bringing against ex Amber Heard

Seen on Instagram in his new film Waiting For The Barbarians: These posts come as Depp received word Friday from a Virginia court that there will indeed be a delay in the new defamation trial he is bringing against ex Amber Heard

As reported by Deadline, Circuit Court Chief Judge Bruce White has delayed the trial from January 11, 2021 to to May 3, 2021 – due to continued concerns over coronavirus.

Depp had initially filed a motion on August 21 to have the upcoming $50M defamation trial delayed so he could begin filming Fantastic Beasts 3 in London.

The Cry Baby actor filed court documents in a Fairfax County, Virginia court requesting the trial be delayed until anywhere between March and June of 2021, once filming was completed.

His ex Amber, 34, in turn filed a motion opposing the request. 

The court had initially set the trial to run from January 11, 2021 to January 28, 2021, though Warner Bros. recently revealed they plan to start filming Fantastic Beasts 3 in October in London, which will run through the end of February.

Delayed: Depp had filed a motion to have his upcoming defamation trial against Heard delayed, so he can film Fantastic Beasts 3 in London

Delayed: Depp had filed a motion to have his upcoming defamation trial against Heard delayed, so he can film Fantastic Beasts 3 in London

Depp is slated to return as Gellert Grindelwald, who was teased in a brief cameo in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, before his starring role in 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Filming had been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but now that conditions are improving in London, Warner Bros. has scheduled the sequel to start filming in early October.

‘When the Court set the current trial date in this case, Mr. Depp understood that Warner Bros. planned to shoot ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ in London long before January 11, 2021,’ an excerpt from the court filing reads.

Gellert: Depp is slated to return as Gellert Grindelwald, who was teased in a brief cameo in 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, before his starring role in 2018's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Gellert: Depp is slated to return as Gellert Grindelwald, who was teased in a brief cameo in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, before his starring role in 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

‘COVID-19 disrupted the studio’s plans, causing repeated postponements. With conditions in London having improved somewhat, Warner Bros. has now set a shooting schedule that conflicts with the trial date in this case,’ the excerpt continues.

The court documents also included a letter sent by Warner Bros. Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs, Glenn A. Eckerle, revealing the production schedule.

‘Johnny Depp (“Artist”) is currently scheduled to render services on the picture in London on an exclusive basis commencing in early October, 2020 and running through and including the middle part of February 2021,’ the excerpt reads.  

Sequel: 'Johnny Depp ("Artist") is currently scheduled to render services on the picture in London on an exclusive basis commencing in early October, 2020 and running through and including the middle part of February 2021,' the excerpt reads

Sequel: ‘Johnny Depp (“Artist”) is currently scheduled to render services on the picture in London on an exclusive basis commencing in early October, 2020 and running through and including the middle part of February 2021,’ the excerpt reads

The court filing adds that Depp has no control over the production schedule, and he would be in breach of contract if he wasn’t able to film the sequel.

‘Though Mr. Depp is eager to proceed to trial, he faces an untenable situation over which he has no control. Good cause therefore exists to continue the trial date,’ it adds. 

The filings added that Heard would not, ‘suffer any unfair prejudice’ from the trial being delayed until later in 2021. 

No control: The court filing adds that Depp has no control over the production schedule, and he would be in breach of contract if he wasn't able to film the sequel

No control: The court filing adds that Depp has no control over the production schedule, and he would be in breach of contract if he wasn’t able to film the sequel

Heard has also said to have agreed to meet on September 11 to discuss the potential delay of the trial date.

Depp recently wrapped up his libel trial against the Rupert Murdoch-owned U.K. publication The Sun, though no verdict has been issued yet.

The 16-day trial ended in London in late July, with Judge Justice Nicol expected to deliver a verdict sometime in September. 

Libel trial: Depp recently wrapped up his libel trial against the Rupert Murdoch-owned U.K. publication The Sun, though no verdict has been issued yet

Libel trial: Depp recently wrapped up his libel trial against the Rupert Murdoch-owned U.K. publication The Sun, though no verdict has been issued yet

Verdict: The 16-day trial ended in late July, with Judge Justice Nicol expected to deliver a verdict sometime in September

Verdict: The 16-day trial ended in late July, with Judge Justice Nicol expected to deliver a verdict sometime in September

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