CLAIM: Johnny Depp lost his libel court case against the SUN Newspaper in the United Kingdom
SOURCE: Various news sources, official court decision
In a decision sure to reverberate in next year’s court battle in the United States against his ex-wife, Amber Heard., Johnny Depp on Monday lost his UK libel case against tabloid The Sun. The suit was originally brought after an April 27, 2018 column by The Sun writer, Dan Wootton, described Depp as a ‘wife-beater’ while going after JK Rowling’s decision to cast Depp on her Fantastic Beasts film franchise. “For a holier-than-thou Twitterati preacher, JK Rowling tries to present herself as a leading light for women in the entertainment industry,’ Wootton writes.
Before and during the summer 2020 trial, Depp’s legal team sought to portray him as the actual victim of abuse. Heralded ‘evidence’ leaked to the press and rumored to turn the tables on Amber Heard disappeared, faded away, or wasn’t used in the trial. Earlier this month Judge Bruce White, who will be presiding over round 2 of the famous ex-couple’s legal battle, dismissed Depp attorney Adam Waldman from the case after learning the lawyer had given the press confidential and possibly doctored/edited information covered under a protective order. Rumor is the part of that cache of leaked material was the infamous edited/manipulated audio recording between Amber Heard and Depp. The unedited audio is 2 hours in length and was selectively cut down to 46 minutes before the public heard it through various sources.”
“Taking all the evidence together, I accept that she was the victim of sustained and multiple assaults by Mr. Depp,” the judge in the UK case said. “I accept her evidence of the nature of the assaults [Depp] committed against her. They must have been terrifying.”
“In the end, The Sun may have won the British legal victory, but Amber Heard clearly won the moral one,” wrote Reporter Rae Alexandra. “That Depp wants to repeat this exercise on home soil isn’t just mind-boggling, it’s woefully ill-advised.”
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