Johnny Depp has misplaced his libel declare in opposition to a British newspaper which known as him a “spouse beater” in relation to allegations made through the star”s marriage to actress Amber Heard.
The court docket, on Monday, discovered that whereas Depp had glad the mandatory parts to convey a libel declare, The Solar newspaper had confirmed its phrases have been “considerably true”.
This implies the court docket discovered that Depp had been violent in direction of his ex-wife on at the very least one event.
Handing down the ruling, Justice Nicol stated: “Though he has proved the mandatory parts of his motion in libel, the defendants have proven that what they revealed within the that means which I’ve held the phrases to bear was considerably true.
“I’ve reached these conclusions having examined intimately the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely, in addition to the over-arching issues which the claimant submitted I ought to take note of.”
Over the course of the three-week trial earlier this yr, the court docket heard plenty of allegations of violence from each side of the couple’s marriage.
Heard maintained that any contact was by means of self-defence, whereas Depp repeatedly denied ever being violent in direction of his ex-wife.
Nicol stated he discovered the “nice majority” of the allegations by Heard in opposition to her former husband had been “proved to the civil normal”.
He added there had been a “recurring theme in Mr Depp’s proof” that Heard had “constructed a hoax and that she had carried out this as an insurance coverage coverage”.
“I don’t settle for this characterisation of Ms Heard,” Nicol stated.
The Solar in a press release stated it had “stood up and campaigned for the victims of home abuse for over 20 years”.
“Home abuse victims must not ever be silenced and we thank the choose for his cautious consideration and thank Amber Heard for her braveness in giving proof to the court docket.”
Heard’s lawyer Elaine Charlson Bredehoft additionally launched a press release, saying extra proof can be given throughout one other libel case within the US over an opinion piece revealed within the Washington Publish.
She stated: “For these of us current for the London Excessive Court docket trial, this choice and judgment should not a shock.
“Very quickly, we will likely be presenting much more voluminous proof within the US.
“We’re dedicated to acquiring justice for Amber Heard within the US court docket and defending Ms Heard’s proper to free speech.”