Johnny Depp makes cameo in Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty show

Johnny Depp has joined Rihanna’s new Savage Fenty X Vol 4 fashion show in a brief cameo appearance.

Earlier reports had suggested that Depp would be the focus of the show’s “star” moments. In the past, celebrities such as Cindy Crawford and Erykah Badu have appeared in this capacity.

Following recent rumours of Depp’s guest appearance, which alarmed Rihanna fans, The Independent has confirmed his name features in the show’s end credits.

The Savage X Fenty Vol 4 show is described as a “fashion experience” and will include performances from Anitta and Burna Boy, plus cameos from models including Irina Shayk, Cara Delevingne, and Precious Lee.

It will premiere on Prime Video on 9 November.

The Independent has contacted Amazon for comment about Depp’s role.

Earlier this year, Depp was embroiled in a high-profile legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard concerning a 2018 piece published by The Washington Post. Depp’s legal team claimed that the op-ed, written by Heard, had defamed him by implying that he had abused Heard when the pair were married.

A jury ultimately found that Heard had defamed Depp, and ordered the Aquaman star to pay Depp $10m (£8m) in compensatory damages and $5m (£4m) in punitive damages.

However, the jury also awarded Heard $2m (£1.6m) in a simultaneous countersuit, ruling that, in characterising her abuse allegations as a “hoax”, one of Depp’s attorneys had defamed her.

Heard is set to appeal the verdict, with lawyers arguing that the two rulings handed down by the jury were contradictory.

Lawyer Camille Vasquez and Johnny Depp at trial (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Lawyer Camille Vasquez and Johnny Depp at trial (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A UK court previously ruled that The Sun had not defamed Depp by describing him as a “wife beater”. A judge described the statement as “substantially true”.

Ahead of Depp’s confirmed appearance, fans of Rihanna reacted with unease to earlier rumours of Depp’s involvement in the fashion show, sharing their thoughts on social media.

“Rihanna can’t be serious? With all these beautiful and unproblematic men in Hollywood, and Johnny Depp is the one that appeals to you the most?” one person wrote.

“Still trying to figure out why Rihanna would chose to take this risk and feature Johnny Depp in the Savage X Fenty Show. Like, she knowsssss that is going to cause a whole lotta outrage so why even bother?” wrote Daily Mail journalist Nola Ojomu.

The Independent has contacted representatives of Rihanna and Depp for comment.