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Depp seeks appeal in UK libel case

Depp seeks appeal in UK libel case

Hollywood broad name Johnny Depp will seek permission to appeal against his defeat in a London libel case final one year over a tabloid article which labelled him a wife beater.

Excessive Court docket Desire Andrew Nicol dominated final November that Depp had violently assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard during their tempestuous five-one year relationship, at instances putting her in effort for her life.

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That resolution got here after three weeks of hearings where the court docket heard sensational claim and counter-claim from Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, about violent outbursts which every accused the other of committing.

Depp, broad name of films including Pirates of the Caribbean and Edward Scissorhands, had long gone to the London court docket to sue The Solar newspaper and one in every of its journalists over an article that acknowledged he had been violent in the direction of Heard.

“I certainly possess found that the good majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp possess been proved to the civil popular,” Nicol acknowledged in his November ruling.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp (appropriate) desires a UK court docket to declare a retrial of his libel claim against The Solar. Credit: EPA

In the aftermath, Depp’s attorneys acknowledged the ruling was so flawed it may possibly be ridiculous for him no longer to appeal.

They acknowledged it was “troubling” the mediate had relied on Heard’s testimony whereas rejecting the evidence of police officers, her broken-down assistant and other witnesses which they acknowledged had undermined her evidence.

On Thursday, Depp’s appropriate team will apply for permission to appeal and to rely on extra evidence.

The hearing, anticipated to final for about two hours, will in all probability be livestreamed on the Court docket of Appeal’s YouTube channel.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in 2011
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard had been married from 2015 to 2017. Credit: AP

Following Nicol’s verdict, viewed as being highly damaging to his profession, Depp was asked to pass away the Incredible Beasts franchise, the movie spin-offs from the Harry Potter books and flicks.

During the libel trial final summer time, Heard acknowledged Depp would turn into a jealous alter ego, “the monster”, after bingeing on capsules and alcohol and had normally threatened to destroy her.

Heard detailed 14 instances of crude violence when she acknowledged the actor choked, punched, slapped, head-butted, throttled and kicked her, with Nicol accepting 12 of these accounts had been correct, including an assault after her 30th birthday occasion and one other incident which left her with dim eyes.

The couple met whereas making The Rum Diary in 2011 and married four years later but divorced in 2016.

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp sued The Solar over an article saying he was violent in the direction of his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Credit: EPA

Depp had instructed the court docket he was never violent in the direction of his ex-wife, saying her claims had been a hoax and portraying her as a gold-digger.

Nonetheless Nicol rejected his model of occasions.

Depp has moreover filed a $US50 million ($A65 million) defamation lawsuit against Heard in a Virginia court docket over an opinion piece she wrote in The Washington Submit.

Depp seeks appeal in UK libel case