A British judge ruled on Monday that following a controversial legal showdown this summer, the British tabloid “The Sun” named Johnny Depp as “wife-beater” in 2018. The article is not defamatory.
Due to the presence of the coronavirus, Judge Andrew Nicol delivered a decision in writing without a hearing, dismissing Depp’s complaint against The Sun, and determined that it is “proved,” the civil standard.
A court summary published in USA Today stated the claimant has not successfully filed a defamation lawsuit. Although he has proved the necessary elements of the defamation lawsuit, the defendant has indicated that they have what I think they should have. The meaning published is true.
The judge ruled that, in a debate in March 2015, Hurd had reason to punch Depp to defend her sister. He pointed out that in another incident that occurred in May 2016, Heard claimed to be physically abused. A few days later, she filed a request to terminate her marriage and applied for a domestic violence injunction. Despite the final evidence, the evidence is “particularly sharp” and contradictory. Heard claimed that Depp beat her with a cell phone.
A lawyer for Depp, 57, described the decision as “confusingly improper.”
Jenny Afia said in a statement to USA Today, the verdict is so flawed that it is absurd for Mr. Depp not to appeal the decision.
At the same time, a lawyer for Hurd said that the verdict was “not surprising” for anyone on trial.
The Sun called the decision is a stunning victory for press freedom and said it had stood up and campaigned for victims of domestic violence for more than two decades.
A tabloid spokesperson said in a statement, domestic abuse victims must never remain silent. We thank the judge for his careful consideration and Amber Heard for his courage to provide evidence to the court.
In July, Depp and Heard (Depp and Heard) conducted a three-week fierce legal action, exposing the celebrity couple’s verbal and personal assaults, drug and alcohol abuse, and ugly accusations of their turbulent private life. I met in the comedy “Rum Diary” in 2015, “Married in Los Angeles in 2015, separated the following year, and divorced in 2017.
Depp sued Dan Wharton, the publisher, newsgroup newspaper, and executive editor of The Sun, who claimed in an article in 2018 that the actor was Hurd’s “wife beaten” and was not in front of the label. Add the words “alleged” or “accused”.
He strongly denied all Heard’s allegations and retorted that she was the abuser in their relationship. Depp told Hurd many times that their marriage was “waiting for the crime scene to happen,” he testified.
In the final debate in July, Depp’s attorney David Sherborne stated that the actor strongly denied “this accusation of damage to his reputation and the end of his career. he urged JK Rowling to let Depp from her The dismissal in the film version of the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” gave people a false impression that Depp was “trial, convicted and sentenced” for domestic violence and convicted him of the former movie tycoon.
Sherborne said, “He has never beaten a woman in his life, during the whole process, Nada.”
NGN lawyer Sasha Wass said at the time that there is no doubt that Depp “has systematically and systematically tortured his wife”, so the label of “wife beaten” is reasonable.
According to a video posted by The Telegraph on YouTube, after serving as the main witness for The Sun, Sid stated to numerous reporters and onlookers on the steps of the court building. Sid said that she insisted on her testimony, and after divorcing Depp in 2017, she would rather “continue with my life.”
The judge’s ruling on Monday may have an impact on another legal battle brought by Depp, which is Virginia’s response to Sid’s $50 million proposals in her 2018 column for The Washington Post. A defamation lawsuit in which she claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse while implying her relationship with Depp without mentioning his name. The trial is scheduled for May next year.