Johnny Depp loses another legal battle in "wife beater" case

Los Angeles, California - Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has lost a bid to overturn a verdict that found a British tabloid not liable for calling him a "wife beater."

Johnny Depp has lost a bid to overturn a high court decision that ruled him a "wife beater."
Johnny Depp has lost a bid to overturn a high court decision that ruled him a "wife beater."  © IMAGO / MediaPunch

The actor launched legal action against the British tabloid The Sun after it ran a piece in 2018 alleging that Depp had assaulted his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

A three-week trial took place in the British High Court last year and at its conclusion, Judge Andrew Nicol ruled the claim in the article was true.

A statement from the British Court of Appeal on Thursday said: "The hearing before [Judge Nicol] was full and fair, and 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."

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The statement added the judges believed the appeal "has no real prospect of success" and that "there is no other compelling reason for it to be heard."

As part of the appeal, Depp had requested the court consider new evidence which alleged Heard had not given away most of her $7 million settlement from their divorce to charity, as Depp's lawyers claimed she had promised.

His laywer's continued that her decision to donate some of the settlement money had "tipped the scales against Mr. Depp from the very beginning."

According to the court, Heard donated some $950,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and $850,000 to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

But the appeal judgement said there was "no finding" her statement about her donations was misleading and the judges' decision had not been affected by it.

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