Hollywood star Johnny Depp cannot appeal wife beater libel ruling, court says

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This mix of file photos reveals US actress Amber Heard arriving on July 23, 2020, and US actor Johnny Depp arriving on July 24, 2020, on the Excessive Court docket in London. Picture Credit score: AFP

London’s Court docket of Attraction on Thursday refused Johnny Depp permission to problem a verdict final yr that concluded the Hollywood actor was a “wife beater”, that means he has exhausted his authorized combat in opposition to the ruling in Britain.

Excessive Court docket decide Andrew Nicol dominated in November in opposition to Depp, star of movies together with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Edward Scissorhands’, after he introduced a libel case in opposition to the Solar tabloid newspaper.

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After three weeks of hearings final summer season, Nicol concluded Depp, 57, had violently assaulted his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, 34, throughout a tempestuous five-year relationship, placing her in worry of her life.

“As we have said, it is not easy to persuade this court to overturn the findings of a trial judge on purely factual questions,” the 2 Court docket of Attraction judges stated of their judgement.

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“We do not believe that there is a real prospect of it being prepared to do so in this case.” Final week, Depp’s legal professionals stated Nicol’s ruling was “plainly wrong” and requested to depend on new proof which they stated confirmed Heard’s declare she had donated her divorce settlement to charity was “a calculated and manipulative lie”.

However the Court docket of Attraction stated the hearings earlier than him final summer season had been honest.

“He gave thorough reasons for his conclusions which have not been shown even arguably to be vitiated by any error of approach or mistake of law,” the decide stated.

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In her proof, Heard stated Depp would flip right into a jealous alter ego, “the monster”, after bingeing on medicine and alcohol and had threatened to kill her.

She detailed 14 events of maximum violence when she stated the actor choked, punched, slapped, headbutted, throttled and kicked her, with Nicol accepting 12 of those accounts as true.

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“We are pleased — but by no means surprised — by the courts denial of Mr Depps application for appeal,” a spokeswoman for Heard stated, saying the proof was “overwhelming and undeniable”.

The Solar stated the choice vindicated the proof Heard gave, saying it had been assured that permission to enchantment can be refused.

The libel case has already broken Depp’s profession, as he was requested to go away the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise, the film spin-offs from the ‘Harry Potter’ books and movies, days after Nicol’s verdict.

Nonetheless, he has additionally filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit in opposition to Heard in a Virginia court docket over an opinion piece she wrote in The Washington Submit, and that case is ongoing.

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