Johnny Depp To Appeal ‘Wife Beater’ Ruling Today In High Court
Johnny Depp’s bid to overturn his libel trial will be heard at court today, with an earlier ruling finding claims he was a ‘wife beater’ as ‘substantially true’.
In November 2020, a High Court judge ruled in favour of The Sun‘s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN), after the 57-year-old actor sued over a 2018 article titled, ‘Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’
Depp’s application for permission to appeal the November ruling will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in London this morning, March 18. It is not known whether Depp or his ex-wife Amber Heard will be in attendance.
According to an earlier court order, today’s hearing will also involve discussions over the use of new evidence that wasn’t heard during the previous three-week trial, with Depp’s legal team filing legal documents that dubbed the ruling as ‘manifestly unsafe’.
In an Instagram post confirming his departure from the Fantastic Beasts franchise in the wake of the ruling, he wrote, ‘The surreal judgement of the court in the UK will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal.’
Depp added, ‘My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.’
The column at the core of the case, written by Dan Wootton, referred to ‘overwhelming evidence’ that Depp was guilty of a number of abusive incidents during his relationship with Heard.
Nicol found 12 of the 14 alleged incidents against Depp to be true, as well as three occasions in which Heard ‘feared for her life’ – Depp is also embroiled in a defamation case with Heard.
As per The Guardian, the judge said, ‘Although he has proved the necessary elements of his cause of action in libel, the defendants have shown that what they published in the meaning which I have held the words to bear was substantially true.’
As reported by MailOnline, Depp’s barrister David Sherborne said the judgement was ‘plainly wrong’ and argued Nicol had ‘failed to examine the competing accounts of each incident, or to explain whether he found them proved and, if so, on what basis’.
He added, ‘The judge should have analysed the extent to which Ms. Heard’s evidence undermined her credibility in relation to her allegations of physical assault/injury.’
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