Depp lost his libel suit against a British tabloid for being called a “wife beater.”
Hollywood star Johnny Depp lost his libel suit against a British tabloid for being called a “wife beater.”
Superior Court Judge Andrew Nico l dismissed the 57-year-old man’s claim, saying the newspaper group’s article had been shown to be “substantially true,” adding that “the plaintiff has been unsuccessful in his action for defamation”.
The actor sued the publisher of the tabloid News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the author of the article over claims that he was violent towards his ex-wife Amber Heard during their volatile two-year marriage.
“I have found that the vast majority of the alleged assaults on Ms. Heard by Mr. Depp have been proven to civil standards,” Judge Nicol said, meaning that he considered the claims to be more likely than false in the balance of probability.
“I have reached these conclusions having examined in detail the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely, as well as the general considerations that the plaintiff presented that I must take into account,” he added.
Jenny Afia of the Schillings law firm, which represented Depp in the case, said: “This decision is as perverse as it is puzzling. Most concerning is the judge’s reliance on Amber Heard’s testimony, and the corresponding disregard of the mountain of evidence to the contrary from police officers, doctors, her own former assistant, other indisputable witnesses, and a host of documentary evidence that undermined completely point by point accusations. All this was overlooked ”.
Depp will appeal the London judge’s ruling, his London law firm said in its statement.
“The sentence is so flawed that it would be ridiculous for Mr. Depp not to appeal this decision,” the attorney said.