Johnny Depp Loses Libel Case Against UK Publication
The “Wife Beater” Label Will Haunt Depp For Life
Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp has been in the news since 2015 after his messy marriage and ugly divorce with actress Amber Heard. In latest turn of events Depp, who slammed a defamation case on UK publishing house The Sun and it’s executive editor Dan Wootton over the published “Wife Beater” statement has lost the legal battle of this libel case.
Depp was already in a court battle with his ex-wife and Justice league star Amber Heard when the newspaper and publishing house made the “wife beater” statement, portraying Johnny Depp as an abusive husband and tearing down his acting career. Depp took no time in suing the publication for making The UK high court ruled in the favor of The Sun, much to Johnny Depp’s and his lawyers’ displeasure. The Publishing house brought on hefty evidence in the form of photos, videos and voice recording to prove Johnny Depp had been abusive many a times while Justice League actress Amber Heard and he were together. Johnny Depp had also admitted struggling with drug and alcohol abuse but denied all charges of abuse against him, claiming the blame was untrue and uncalled for from the publication.
The trial was lengthy and exhausting for it had testimonies of Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and The Sun. In her testimony Amber heard also mentioned that Depp has threatened to kill Justice League star Amber Heard multiple times when they were still married.
However, Judge Andrew Nicol made a 129-page judgment, agreeing that the papers claim of Johnny Depp being an active part in domestic abuse on several accounts was absolutely true.
"I have reached these conclusions having examined in detail the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely, as well as the over-arching considerations which the claimant submitted I should take into account," said Judge Andrew Nicole.
Depp’s lawyers however exhibited strong displeasure and disappointment; they also made it a point that Johnny Depp has no choice but to contest the court ruling. They said, "The judgment is so flawed that it would be ridiculous for Mr Depp not to appeal this decision."
Johnny Depp is also fighting another case with Amber Heard and Amber Heard’s lawyer termed this verdict as no “surprise”.
Owner of The Sun, media baron Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., said: "The Sun has stood up and campaigned for the victims of domestic abuse for over 20 years. Domestic abuse victims must never be silenced and we thank the judge for his careful consideration and thank Amber Heard for her courage in giving evidence to the court."
No one can surely say how much of this defamation will trickle down to Depp’s incredible career but it’ll surely have some repercussions for the pirate of the Caribbean.