Johnny Depp’s attempt to appeal his “wife beater” defamation judgment in the UK was denied, and his ex-wife Amber Heard is speaking out about the decision.
On Thursday, two judges at the London Court of Appeal said the pirates of the Caribbean The 57-year-old actor cannot challenge the November ruling in the case he lost against News Group Newspapers (NGN), owner of the Sun, about a 2018 article the tabloid published calling him a “wife beater.” Depp has denied abusing Heard, whom he divorced in 2017.
Justices James Dingemans and Nicholas Underhill said the three-week trial last July, under Judge Andrew Nicol, found it to be “substantially true.” Depp had been violent towards Heard on at least 12 occasions. They said the trial was “complete and fair” and Nichols was not shown to have made “any error of approach or law.” As a result, Depp “has no real prospect” of success on a new trial and “there is no other reason compelling to be heard. “
In a statement to Yahoo Entertainment, Heard’s spokesperson says: “We are pleased, but in no way surprised, by the Court’s denial of Mr. Depp’s appeal request. The evidence presented in the UK case was overwhelming and undeniable. The original verdict was that Mr. Depp committed domestic violence against Amber on no fewer than 12 occasions and she feared for her life. The verdict and the lengthy and well-reasoned Judgment, including the Confidential Judgment, have been upheld. The assertion of new and important evidence was nothing more than a press strategy and has been flatly rejected by the Court. “
At a court hearing last week, Depp’s attorneys argued that Depp did not get a fair trial and said Heard was an unreliable witness. In presenting her case, they pointed out that she had not donated her $ 7 million divorce settlement to charity, as she said she would, calling it a “calculated and manipulative lie” on her part.
Appeals judges said the original verdict was not based on Heard donating or not donating the money. “From the reading of the sentence as a whole it is clear that [Nicol] it based its findings on each of the incidents on its extremely detailed review of the evidence specific to each incident, ”the appeal ruling said.
Heard has said she “has fallen behind” in her goal of donating the money because Depp filed a lawsuit against her in Virginia, for libel over her. Washington Post Domestic Violence Opinion Piece: Seeks $ 50 Million, So Instead “She’s Been Forced to Spend Millions of Dollars Defending [his] false accusations against him. “
During the trial, Heard testified about 14 alleged cases of abuse between 2013 and 2016, including a “three-day hostage” situation in Australia. Depp called his claims “a choreographed hoax” in his defense. Nicol discovered that Depp had been violent towards Heard on at least 12 occasions, leading to Depp losing the case.
Depp stepped out of his role in the movie. Fantastic Animals since losing the “handcuff beater” ruling last year. However, they still paid him $ 10 million.
Depp’s lawsuit in the United States against Heard was recently postponed until April 2022.
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