Actor Johnny Depp loses 'wife beater' libel case in London

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LONDON — Hollywood actor Johnny Depp lost a criticism argument on Monday against British newspaper paper The Sun which distributed an article that considered him a “wife beater.”

Depp had sued the paper over the story in 2018, in which it was guaranteed that he had been savage toward his ex, actress Amber Heard.

The article scrutinized Depp’s projecting in the second portion of the “Fantastic Beasts” film arrangement, with the feature: “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?'”

Depp denied the cases and brought a body of evidence against News Group Newspapers, which distributes The Sun, and Dan Wootton, the columnist that composed the article and now a leader editorial manager at the paper.

The criticism fight pulled in boundless exposure for its shocking representation of the private existences of Depp and his then-spouse Heard, and their stormy relationship before the couple separated in 2017.

Subtleties of the previous couple’s contentions, affirmed undertakings and Depp’s issues with drink and medication misuse were heard by Judge Mr Justice Nicol at the Royal Courts of Justice throughout three weeks in July.

Nicol decided on Monday that the paper’s charges were “substantially true,” saying in a decision distributed online that “I accept that the defendants have shown that the words they published were substantially true in the meanings I have held them to bear.” The decision could considerably affect Depp’s career.

‘Flawed’ and ‘unreasonable’

Legal counselors for Johnny Depp pummeled the High Court administering, calling it “flawed” and “perverse,” and said they would claim, Reuters announced. They said they trusted a different maligning argument that Depp has brought against Amber Heard in the U.S. for a feeling piece she composed for the Washington Post in late 2018 would have an alternate result.

“This decision is as perverse as it is bewildering,” Depp’s law office Schillings said in explanation on Monday.

“The judgment is so flawed that it would be ridiculous for Mr Depp not to appeal this decision,” the announcement said.

“In the meantime, we hope that in contrast to this case, the ongoing libel proceedings in America are equitable, with both parties providing full disclosure rather than one side strategically cherry picking what evidence can and cannot be relied upon.”

A representative for The Sun paper tweeted on Monday that the paper had “stood up and campaigned for the victims of domestic abuse for over twenty years. Domestic abuse victims must never be silenced and we thank the Judge for his careful consideration and thank Amber Heard for her courage in giving evidence to the court.”

U.S. counsel for Amber Heard, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, said in an explanation that she was not astounded by the outcome.

“For those of us present for the London High Court trial, this decision and Judgment are not a surprise,” she said in an announcement revealed by Reuters.

“Very soon, we will be presenting even more voluminous evidence in the U.S. We are committed to obtaining Justice for Amber Heard in the U.S. Court and defending Ms. Heard’s Right to Free Speech.”