A British court on Thursday refused to allow Johnny Depp to appeal a judge’s decision that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Depp, 57, had tried to challenge last year’s decision to dismiss his lawsuit against The Sun newspaper as a “handcuff beater”, which a UK judge said was “substantially true”.
But in the ruling issued, two judges of the Court of Appeals rejected his appeal request and insisted that he obtained a “full and fair” hearing.
The original judge “gave exhaustive reasons for his conclusions that have not been shown or even debatable to be flawed by any error of approach or of law,” the ruling stated.
“Accordingly, we would reject both Mr. Depp’s request for permission to present further evidence and his request for permission to appeal,” they wrote.
The initial lawsuit sparked three weeks of explosive testimony in July in which Depp and Heard, 34, gave conflicting accounts of their brief and stormy marriage, and the actress said the brutal “monster” in her ex-husband left her in fear. for his life. .
It included lurid details of their excessive alcohol and drug use, as well as serious allegations that they left feces in their marital bed.
A Heard spokeswoman said Thursday that the latest ruling proved the evidence “overwhelming and undeniable.”
“We are pleased, but in no way surprised, by the court’s denial of Mr. Depp’s appeal request,” the spokeswoman said.
The Sun newspaper said it had “full confidence” that the appeal would be rejected and was “satisfied” with the decision.
“The case had a full, fair and proper hearing, and today’s decision vindicates the courageous evidence that Amber Heard delivered to the court on domestic abuse, despite repeated attempts to undermine and silence her by the perpetrator,” the perpetrator said. newspaper in a statement.
“The Sun will continue to advocate and campaign on behalf of victims of domestic abuse.”
Last week, Depp’s lawyers asked to rely on new evidence that they said showed Heard’s claim that he had donated his divorce settlement to charity was “a calculated and manipulative lie.”
That evidence “further demonstrates that there are clear and objective reasons to seriously question the decision made in the UK court,” Depp’s British lawyer, Joelle Rich, said after Thursday’s ruling.
Depp is also suing Heard for $ 50 million in Virginia over a Washington Post op-ed he wrote about domestic violence.
“Mr. Depp hopes to present full and irrefutable evidence of the truth in the United States defamation case against Ms. Heard, where he will have to provide full disclosure,” Rich said of the trial that was recently delayed until April 2022. .
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