UK judge denies Johnny Depp leave to appeal defamation ruling



7:17 PM PST 11/25/2020

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Abid Rahman

Earlier this month, a High Court judge dismissed the actor’s claim that a British newspaper had committed libel by calling him a ‘wife beater’.

A judge has denied Johnny Depp permission to appeal a UK court ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard.

Earlier this month, a High Court judge dismissed Depp’s claim that a newspaper had committed libel by calling him a “wife beater.” Judge Andrew Nicol said the article in The sun was “practically true”.

Depp seeks to overturn the judgment. But in a setback for the Pirates of the Caribbean star, Nicol refused leave to appeal, saying: “I do not consider the proposed grounds of appeal to have a reasonable chance of success.”

In a ruling released Wednesday, the judge also ordered Depp to make an upfront payment of nearly 630,000 pounds ($ 840,000) to News Group Newspapers, publisher of The sun, to cover his legal costs.

Depp can always go directly to the Court of Appeal and has until December 7 to do so.

The main judge’s decision came after a three-week trial in which Depp and Heard gave conflicting accounts of their brief and tumultuous marriage.

Following the decision, Depp said he was leaving the Fantastic beasts film franchise after studio Warner Bros. asked for his resignation.

Depp is also suing Heard for $ 50 million in Virginia for a Washington post opinion piece she wrote on domestic violence. The essay talks about her abuse experience but does not name Depp. The trial is due to take place next year.




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