Johnny Depp’s bid to appeal ‘wife beater’ ruling rejected by UK court


A British court on Thursday refused Johnny Depp permission to appeal a decide’s ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard, saying his try to overturn the choice had “no real prospect of success.”

Two Court of Appeal judges stated the Hollywood star can’t problem the High Court’s rejection of his libel lawsuit in opposition to the writer of The Sun newspaper for labelling him a “wife beater” in an article.

The justices, James Dingemans and Nicholas Underhill, stated the sooner court listening to was “full and fair” and the trial decide’s conclusions “have not been shown even arguably to be vitiated by any error of approach or mistake of law.”

They concluded that “the appeal has no real prospect of success and that there is no other compelling reason for it to be heard.”

High Court Justice Andrew Nicol dominated in November that allegations in opposition to Depp, made in a April 2018 article, have been “substantially true.” The decide dominated that Depp, 57, assaulted Heard, 34, on a dozen events and put her in concern for her life 3 times.

Lawyers for Depp argued at a court listening to final week that Depp hadn’t acquired a good listening to and that Heard was an unreliable witness. As proof of her unreliability, they claimed that Heard hadn’t saved her promise to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to charity.

The appeals judges stated it was “pure speculation, and in our view very unlikely” that the destiny of the divorce cash influenced decide Nicol’s resolution.

“It is clear from a reading of the judgment as a whole that the judge based his conclusions on each of the incidents on his extremely detailed review of the evidence specific to each incident,” they stated.

“In an approach of that kind there was little need or room for the judge to give weight to any general assessment of Ms. Heard’s credibility.”

Depp and Heard met on the set of the 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard, a mannequin and actress, filed for divorce the next yr and obtained a restraining order in opposition to Depp on the grounds of home abuse. The divorce was finalized in 2017.

The High Court ruling got here after a headline-grabbing three-week trial in July, through which Depp and Heard gave conflicting accounts of their temporary, tempestuous marriage, with every accusing the opposite of being controlling, violent and deceitful.

During the trial Depp acknowledged wide-ranging drug issues, however accused Heard of creating up abuse allegations and insisted he was “not a violent person, especially with women.”

Heard’s public relations agency stated in an announcement that she was “pleased – but by no means surprised” by the Court of Appeal resolution.

“Mr Depp’s claim of new and important evidence was nothing more than a press strategy, and has been soundly rejected by the court,” the assertion stated.

Jeffrey Smele of legislation agency Simons Muirhead and Burton, which represented The Sun’s writer News Group Newspapers, stated Thursday’s ruling was “a victory for the freedom of the press and for victims of domestic violence everywhere.”

Depp’s attorneys have stated that the allegations in The Sun brought on “serious harm” to the actor’s repute and “significant distress and embarrassment.” In the wake of the November court ruling, Depp stated he was leaving the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise after studio Warner Bros. requested his resignation.

Depp can be suing Heard for $50 million in Virginia over a Washington Post op-ed essay that she wrote about home violence. The trial, in that case, was lately delayed till April 2022.

Depp’s British lawyer, Joelle Rich of Schillings Partners, stated “there are clear and objective reasons to seriously question the decision reached in the U.K. court.”

“Mr Depp looks forward to presenting the complete, irrefutable evidence of the truth in the U.S. libel case against Ms. Heard where she will have to provide full disclosure,” Rich stated.


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