Johnny Depp spotted in Kent holding badger cub in surprise wildlife rescue centre visit

Johnny Depp holds a badger in Kent
Credit: Folly Wildlife Rescue
Johnny Depp cradles a badger cub at the wildlife centre in Kent. Credit: Folly Wildlife Rescue

Johnny Depp has been spotted visiting a wildlife rescue centre in Kent, where he was photographed holding a badger cub.

The Hollywood actor, who recently won his libel lawsuit against Amber Heard, was given a tour of Folly Wildlife Rescue in Kent on Thursday.

The actor was brought to the site by the wife of musician Jeff Beck, who is a patron of the centre.

It comes the day after Beck announced that Depp would officially be joining him on his UK tour, after the actor made surprise cameo appearances at two of his gigs following the end of the trial.

The charity says Depp's visit was an incredible afternoon for staff, as the Pirates of the Caribbean star toured the hospital's care and vets units.

It wrote on its Facebook page: "Johnny was incredibly complimentary and in his own words 'blown away' by what he saw.

"To top the visit off, we even allowed him the rare privilege of briefly holding Freddie (as in Mercury!) one of the many orphaned badger cubs we're currently hand rearing - and I think it's fair to say he was bowled over by the whole experience!"

Depp's visit to the wildlife centre was the latest in a string of appearances around the UK, as the high-profile defamation trial in the US came to a close.

He appeared on stage at gigs in Sheffield and in London before the jury came back with its verdict.

The actor also dropped by a pub in Newcastle on the night he won the case against his former partner.

Surprised locals spotted the actor sharing a meal with Beck, and British musician Sam Fender.

Depp sued Heard over a Washington Post article she wrote, entitled: “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”

The article does not mention Depp by name. However his lawyers argued at trial that it falsely implies he physically and sexually abused the Aquaman actress while they were together.

After a six-week trial, jurors this on Wednesday found Depp should be awarded $15 million in damages; comprising $10 million (£8m) in punitive damages and $5m (£4m) in compensatory damages.