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Johnny Depp Loses Battle to Challenge ‘Wife Beater’ Libel Ruling

American actor Johnny Depp will not be entitled to an appeal against the Sun, who called him an abusive husband

British justice on Thursday denied Johnny Depp an appeal, after his defeat against the Sun, who described him as a violent husband towards his ex-wife Amber Heard.

On November 2, the actor of Edward Scissorhands and Pirates of the Caribbean had lost its libel case in London against News Group Newspapers (NGN), the publisher of Sun. He criticized the tabloid for having presented as in fact proven, in April 2018, that he was a violent husband, which he disputes.

“Proven assaults”

The judgment was rendered on November 2 after three weeks of hearing, in July at the High Court in London, often in the presence of the 57-year-old comedian and his ex-wife Amber Heard, 34, which had given rise to unpacking their privacy. Relying mainly on the statements of the actress, the Sun had invoked 14 episodes of violence, all disputed by Johnny Depp.

In early November, Judge Nicol had ruled in favor of the tabloid, considering in his judgment that the qualifications of the Sun were “substantially true” because “the vast majority of alleged assaults have been proven”. At the end of November, the judge had also ordered Johnny Depp to pay a little more than 628,000 pounds (705,000 euros) to the Sun to cover his legal costs.

Divorce in 2017

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met on the set of Rum Express in 2011, before getting married in February 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The couple divorced with a bang in early 2017. The actress then spoke of “years” of “physical and psychological” violence, accusations strongly rejected by Johnny Depp.

In the wake of the trial against the Sun, the actor had to resign from his role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts, as he had announced in a press release.

“The surreal judgment of the court in the United Kingdom will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm my intention to appeal,” he also wrote.

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