Date: 14th February 2001
Actress JULIETTE BINOCHE was left standing in the cold after being stood up by JOHNNY DEPP at the launch of their new film.
The American star failed to appear at the London premiere of CHOCOLAT last night (12FEB01). Depp, 37, was believed to be in London last night - although he lives in France with model girlfriend VANESSA PARADIS - but did not make the champagne pre-party film premiere or even the after-party.
Friends speculate that he wants to avoid controversy. A pal says, "The last time Johnny came to London for the premiere of SLEEPY HOLLOW he got mixed up in some crazy situation with some snapper. He got in a fight and things went crazy." But Binoche, 36, harboured no ill feelings last night, describing Depp as "my perfect chocolate - he's dark, sumptuous and tasty". (RP/WNE/KW)