WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Britain’s High Court ruled against Johnny Depp’s libel action against The Sun on Monday.
- Depp sued the publisher of the newspaper, including their executive editor, over a 2018 article that alleged he was a “wife-beater.”
- Another trial is due next year in Virginia, where Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over a domestic violence story in the Washington Post.
Johnny Depp sued the owner of The Sun tabloid over accusations that he was a “wife-beater.” However, in a ruling Monday, Britain’s High Court has ruled against Depp’s libel action.
News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, as well as Dan Wootton, the newspaper’s executive editor, were sued by Depp over an April 2018 article that alleged that he assaulted his wife Amber Heard.
For several days, Depp and Heard stepped up to the witness box in July during the three-week trial. They both gave irreconcilable accounts of their volatile relationship.
Heard, 34, served as the main witness for the defense, saying that Depp turned violent when he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Allegedly, between 2013 and 2016, there were 14 separate incidents of assault where he hit, shoved, and slapped her, pulling her hair and throwing bottles at her.
Depp, 57, called the accusations “sick” and a “hoax”, saying that Heard was the aggressor who hit him. In an altercation during the filming of a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie in Australia, Heard allegedly severed the tip of his finger.
Though Depp acknowledged his heavy drug use, he denied that they caused him to be violent saying, “I am certainly not a violent person, especially with women.”
Heard’s US counsel Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, said in a statement that anyone who followed the summer trial wouldn’t be surprised by the verdict.
Next year, another trial will be held in Virginia as Depp is suing Heard over a Washington Post story about domestic violence for $50 million.