Johnny Depp and His Hollywood Vampires Band Visit Dracula's Castle with Tim Burton
The Hollywood Vampires visited the home of Hollywood's first vampire
Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry made a trip to Bran Castle, located in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania – about 150 miles north of Bucharest. They were joined by Depp’s friend and frequent collaborator, Tim Burton.
The castle is known worldwide as “Dracula’s Castle” after being the only castle that fits the description of the home of the popular vampire in Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel.
It is more precisely the believed home of Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for the character. Vlad was depicted by some historians of that time as “Vlad the Impaler” – a blood-thirsty ruthless despot with murderous political aspirations.
The castle is now a museum – the first private museum of the country. Depp and his bandmates posed for a photo in front of the castle, shared on the band’s official Instagram account. Depp also got in a playful mood at one point, pretending to bite a production assistant.
The Hollywood Vampires are currently on the final leg of their European tour, which concludes in Bucharest on Monday. They previously visited Sweden and Denmark.
Depp is in the midst of an ugly divorce from estranged wife Amber Heard after the 30-year-old actress revealed domestic violence allegations against her husband of 15 months in court filings on March 27 and on Friday.
On Thursday, the actor and musician appeared to be in good spirits, dining at an Italian restaurant in the Herastrau Park district of Bucharest, alongside Romanian actors, athletes, and models.
One model, Alexandra Enachescu, even snapped a picture with Depp, sharing it on her Instagram page. She captioned the photo with a quote by Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean character Captain Jack Sparrow: “Life’s pretty good, and why wouldn’t it be? I’m a pirate after all.”
“The concerts and the tour are good for him,” a source close to Depp recently told PEOPLE. “He doesn’t want to let his fans down. It’s the best distraction.”
On Friday, Heard revealed new claims of abuse in a defamation lawsuit she filed against comedian Doug Stanhope.
Stanhope had claimed in an online essay that the actress was blackmailing Depp and lying about the actor’s alleged abuse.
In court papers, Heard’s lawyers called Stanhope’s accusations “completely false and defamatory” and gave a detailed account of Depp’s allegedly violent behavior, which she claims was fueled by drugs and alcohol. (Stanhope has not responded to requests for comment.)
“Depp has hit and kicked Heard on numerous occasions, has thrown objects at her, at one point nearly suffocated her to the point where she feared for her life,” Heard’s lawyers said in court documents.
“Depp is an alcoholic and drug addict, and these violent episodes occurred mostly after Depp had relapsed into a cycle of substance abuse,” the lawyers said in court documents. “His drug and alcohol abuse has increased dramatically in recent years, as has his violent behavior.”
Last week, Depp’s attorney, Laura Wasser, claimed that Heard “is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse” in court documents responding to her initial court filing for a temporary restraining order on May 27.
• Reporting by PETER MIKELBANK