Johnny Depp fans pay as much as $30,000 each, just for the chance to see him in court

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There are Johnny Depp fans, and then there are diehard Johnny Depp fans. And then there are Johnny Depp fans who will pay $30,000 to sit in one of the few seats reserved in the Fairfax County Courthouse for fans to take in the play-by-play unfolding in the ongoing defamation trial between Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.

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According to the New York Post, some of the faces viewers see in that Fairfax County Courthouse on court tv during the Johnny Depp Amber Heard trial have sacrificed greatly just to be in the same room with the embattled heartthrob, even if the same room is a courtroom.

Some Johnny Depp fans will do seemingly anything for the chance to show their support for the Pirates of the Caribbean bedrock in person, even if that means camping in their cars overnight outside the courthouse, lining up as early as 1:00 a.m. the morning of trial, or spending thousands of dollars in travel, lodging, and food expenses.

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“I’ve never been to a public trial before. I’ve never stayed up overnight for anything in line, and I came at 12:45 a.m.,” Sabrina Harrison of Madison, Wisconsin, said. “I’ve never done something like this in my 46 years of life.”

And because of the limited seating, there’s no guarantee fans who wait will get anywhere near the inside of the court, let alone near Johnny Depp himself. Those who do make the journey, whether from across the country or across the ocean, arrive early in the morning to try their hands (or wrists) at securing a band that gives them clearance to enter the court where Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard have been entangled in an explosive trial since April 11.

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Sharon Smith came all the way from the United Kingdom for a shot at seeing Depp take the stand and give testimony about the domestic abuse he claims he endured at the hands of Amber Heard. Smith is newly single and decided to pack her belongings in a storage unit and fly to Virginia in April.

On the weekends and other breaks during the trial–like this week in which the trial is on hiatus and Johnny Depp has seemingly left the country–Smith says she travels to Los Angeles and then returns when the trial resumes.

It’s getting costly.

“I’ve been coming back and forth from Los Angele, so you’re looking at $600 to $700 each time, 10 hours of your life in the air,” she said. “Hotel, food, [and]drinks [cost] about $10,000.”

Smith shows up at the Fairfax County Courthouse every morning at 1:00 a.m. so she can score a front-row seat to the action in the courtroom. Another fan, Emily, a 26-year-old from Arlington, Virginia, says she woke up at 2:00 a.m. on May 4 so she could be one of the first 100 people in line.

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“My friends think I’m insane for doing it,” she explained, “but I think it’s a historic trial and I think it’s really interesting that it’s taking place in Northern Virginia.

Jarva from Brooklyn, New York, says the location of the trial isn’t convenient, but it’s worth it to be there.

“It is not totally convenient to be in Virginia for most of the week, every week, but I was sleeping in my car when I came here,” she explained. “And since then, I’ve been staying at the Ritz with my friends. I stayed in my other friend’s apartment, and I’ll stay in my car.”

Interestingly, Jarva draws sketches of the happenings inside the courtroom each day. She hopes to have the opportunity to publish her storyboard soon.

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Dr. Aneela Metha, 40, is from Fairfax, so the location wasn’t a problem for her. But she’s had to get creative in making arrangements for her children. She’s also rearranged her work schedule so she can be there.

“I came and stood in line today at 4 a.m.,” Dr. Metha explained. “Picked up my mother-in-law so she can sleep with the kids; they’re 4 and 6. Stood in line, got my pass, then went back home at 7:30 a.m. Got them ready for school, dropped them off, and came back. And then I’ve been working extra shifts so I can take days off to come here.”

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Metha says her family thinks she’s crazy, and since her wedding anniversary takes place during the trial, she asked her husband to join her.

“I told him, ‘As part of our present, can you come with me?’ And he’s like, ‘Hell no,’ ” she says.

Metha says her husband “loves Johnny Depp but he just doesn’t understand people getting up in the middle of the night standing in line to come and see him.”

Dr. Metha’s on-point planning has netted her five days in court with Johnny Depp so far. “It’s exhilarating seeing this in person,” she said.

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Another fan, Ivan de Boer from Los Angeles, says she took all her vacation time from work at once so she could be in Virginia to show support for Johnny Depp. So far, she has spent almost approximately $30,000 on expenses related to traveling to Virginia and staying during the trial.

“I took my whole year’s vacation so I could be here for Johnny,” she says. “I’m the same age as Johnny. I’m single, so I do what I want to, basically.”

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De Boer says she has zero regrets about her decision. “I’d regret it more if I wasn’t here.”

The Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial is set to resume on May 16 at 9:00 a.m. ET

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!