Johnny Depps Appeal Against a High-Court Rule Has Been Rejected
25-03-2021 Thursday 9:00pm
_Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp was accused for violation towards his ex-wife Hollywood actress Amber Heard, that he assulted and made her fear for her life. But Johnny's libel claim against The Sun Magazine was dismissed by Justice Nicol, the court found The Sun's report full and fair and ruled in the publisher's favour. A spokeswoman for Ms Heard said, she was pleased but not surprised at the judges' decision, The Sun said it vindicated the actress.
Speaking at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Lord Justice Underhill said that, 'We refuse Mr. Depp's application to admit further evidence in support of his proposed appeal and we conclude that the appeal has no real prospect of success and that there is no other compelling reason for it to be heared'.
At a hearing last week, Mr. Depp's lawyers asked the court to consider fresh evidence relating to what they said was Ms Heard's claim, that she gave her $7m divorce settlement to charity. Ms Heard said that she would split the dollars between the Childrren's Hospital Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Mr. Depp's barrister Andrew Caldecott QC told the court that the claim was a calculated and manipulative lie, the hospital authority wrote to Mr. Depp's business advisor in 2019 saying Ms Amber had not maid any payment. However, Johnny Depp has been refused permission to appeal a High Court rule.
Before this in November, three months after the end of a high-profile trial, the judge rejected Depp's claim that The Sun newspaper had libeled the actor in a 2018 article calling him a wife beater.
Mr. Depp had taken legal action against owners News Group Newspapers (NGN) and its then executive editor Dan Wootton over the column referred to overwhelming evidence, that he attacked his 34-year-old ex-wife several times during their relationship. Addressing the claims about Heard's divorce settlement, the appeal judges said it was a pure speculation and in their view very unlikely that the trial judge gave any weight to general considerations about her character of the kind suggested by the actor's lawyers.
The Sun also released a statement, saying The Sun had every confidence that this leave to appeal application would not be granted and are pleased with today's decision. They will continue to stand up and campaign for victims of domestic abuse. after the decision was handed down, Depp's solicitor said there were clear and objective reasons to seriously question the trial judge's decision, but that the actor is now trying to a separate libel case against Heard in the US, at which he will present complete, irrefutable evidence of the truth.
Depp's solicitor Joelle Rich said in a statement, the evidence presented at last week's hearing further demonstrates that there are clear and objective reasons to seriously question the decision reached in the UK court. Heard's spokeswoman said Depp's claim of new and important evidence was nothing more than a press strategy, which had been soundly rejected by the court.
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