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Shane MacGowan's wife celebrates with Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck in Glasgow after libel win

Johnny (58) was mobbed by fans in Glasgow as he ended a week of performances following victory in his US defamation lawsuit.
Jeff Beck, Victoria Mary Clarke and Johnny Depp

Jeff Beck, Victoria Mary Clarke and Johnny Depp

Eugene Masterson

Shane MacGowan’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke partied with Johnny Depp into the early hours of this morning as the pair met for the first time since his tumultuous libel victory this week.

But Pogues frontman Shane was unable to fly to Glasgow from his home in Dublin for the celebration, where Johnny played with fellow American rock star Jeff Beck.

Victoria is pictured here with both Johnny and Jeff at an after party following the Glasgow concert.

Also pictured here with Johnny is Shane and Vickie’s close friend Paul Trainer, who was based for several years in Dublin where he held senior editorial positions with The Dubliner and Hot Press magazines.

The Sunday World can also reveal another major Irish connection to Johnny’s current tour of the UK with Beck as Sharon Corr is played support in Glasgow, as well as on several other shows. .

Johnny (58) was mobbed by fans in Glasgow as he ended a week of performances following victory in his US defamation lawsuit.

Depp took to a UK stage with Beck (77) for the fifth time this week, having recently played in Sheffield, London and Gateshead.

The actor was seen waving to cheering crowds as he exited the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on Friday.

Johnny Depp with Paul Trainer

Johnny Depp with Paul Trainer

It comes after Depp sued former partner Amber Heard for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post, which his lawyers said falsely accused him of physically and sexually abusing her.

The jury believed his stance that Heard fabricated claims that she was abused by Depp before and during their brief marriage.

But the jury also found in favour of Heard, who said she was defamed by Depp’s lawyer when he called her abuse allegations a hoax and awarded her $2m..

Following the high-profile trial in Fairfax County, Virginia, which lasted a total of six weeks, jurors found in favour of Depp on Wednesday and awarded him $15 million.

Shortly after the verdict, the actor was seen greeting fans and drinking in a pub with musician Sam Fender in Newcastle.

Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft told US news show Today her client intended to appeal the case’s outcome.

Depp and Beck have not included Ireland on their European tour, and following several more UK dates next week they will then travel to the continent for more shows.

Johnny was in Ireland in February when he attended Dublin’s Lighthouse cinema for a showing of the Pogues’ legend’s ‘Crock of gold: A few rounds with Shane MacGowan’.

Shane’s only interview about the Depp/Heard case has been with the Sunday World.

“He would never hit a woman,” he told us.

The Pogues star exclusively told the Sunday World he was “dumbfounded” at accusations by Johnny’s ex wife Amber Heard that the actor used to violently beat her.

“I know Johnny and he’s a gentleman, he’s a great guy,” stressed Shane (64). “He would never raise a hand to a woman, never mind hit a woman. He would never do anything like that.”

He added: “Of course I’d defend Johnny. What’s been said about his is all lies. I wish Johnny the best of luck with his case.”

Asked how he first became friendly with the superstar, he replies: “Years ago when he first came over here. Over 30 years ago. We hit it off and have remained friends to this day.”

So much so Johnny took part in two of Shane’s most special moments in his life in recent years.

In January 2018 the American flew to Dublin to take part in a star studded concert in the National Concert Hall to mark Shane’s 60th birthday, which included performances by Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Nick Cave, Cerys Matthews and Bobby Gillespie among others and was attended by President Michael D Higgins.

Bono dropped a few lines of The Cranberries' Linger into his performance of Rainy Night In Soho, accompanied by Depp on guitar.

“Lots of people came to it,” explains Shane. “I wasn’t really surprised Johnny came to it, but I was pleased. He is a great guitarist.”

Johnny also went to Shane’s wedding to his longterm love Vickie in Copenhagen in November 2018.

“It’s the least I should expect,” the lovable singer smiles.

MacGowan and Clarke tied the knot in a civil ceremony in the Danish capital yesterday, after being engaged for 11 years.

Depp attempted to sing Pogues’ song A Rainy Night in Soho to the couple, but Shane had to stop him and instead he sang a “gorgeous” version of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks.

“He said stop, I don’t want to hear it…. but then he did Astral Weeks which was absolutely gorgeous,” she said.

When jokingly asked was Shane not tempted to have picked Johnny as his best man, he retorts: “I would have but I didn’t pick the best. I can’t remember who did.”

Depp lost a libel action in London last year against Heard, but Vickie said this week she and Shane were delighted over his victory in Washington.

Vickie said she was thrilled to “finally see justice” after Johnny Depp won his multi-million dollar defamation lawsuits against ex-wife Heard.

Taking to Instagram shortly after the verdict was reached, Victoria shared a photo of the Hollywood star and said: “This is just SO ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!!!!! There are no words to express our excitement and gratitude.

“We have been praying and praying for this for years and to finally see justice is thrilling beyond measure!!! Well done to everyone involved and well done to everyone who stood by him no matter what!!! #justiceforjohnnydepp”

Pogues frontman Shane also shared the post on his own Instagram account.

The couple have expressed their support for Depp on multiple occasions during Depp and Heard’s court battle.

Last week, Victoria said that she was “very positive” that Depp would come out on top, adding that he had already “won” the case in her eyes.

“Bring back Captain Jack!” she began.

“Feeling very positive about the trial and incredibly impressed by the overwhelming public support for JD! Whatever happens we all know that he has won!!!!”

She also added the hashtag #johnnydeppisinnocent.

And MacGowan took to Twitter to urge his “brother” Depp to “stay strong”.

Sharing a photo of the pair together, Shane wrote: “Stay strong brother we are with you.”

A jury yesterday found in favour of Johnny Depp in his $50m (€47m) libel lawsuit against


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