On Monday, Johnny Depp lost his libel battle against the Sun-News Newspaper in London. Depp has sued the paper for libel based on a story that appeared in the paper in 2018. In essence, the article claimed that the actor was a “wife-beater.”
A London court decided the suit was without merit. The judge found that allegations made by Amber Heard (12 incidents) were “substantially” true, a defense to libel under English law. Justice Nicol determined, “Taking all the evidence together, I accept that she was the victim of sustained and multiple assaults by Mr. Depp in Australia.”
The trial had lasted for 16 days at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
Depp claimed that the Sun’s story that contained allegations of physical abuse perpetrated by him against Heard was based on a “hoax.”
In May of 2016, Heard had obtained a restraining order against Depp in a Las Angeles court. Heard claimed that Depp had “violently” attacked her and had thrown a mobile phone at her and it hit her in the face.
Details of these events were intertwined in the London suit.
We covered some details of the restraining order in a previous article. At the time, there was insufficient evidence for us to make any call on the case.
Depp repeatedly denied ever being violent towards Heard during their relationship and marriage, which lasted from 2015 until 2017.
After meeting in their movie The Rum Diary, the former couple began dating following the breakdown of his longtime relationship with French star Vanessa Paradis.
They married in 2015 but split less than a year later.
We recently ran a story where we judged the five hottest actresses based on their beauty and talent. Out of 100 assessed, Heard came in second.