Johnny Depp has been spending more time in court rooms in recent months that he has on movie sets, as the actor has been involved in a variety of legal disputes. Some have been directly against his ex-wife Amber Heard, and others simply include her. One of these latter lawsuits was a case against The Sun newspaper of the U.K. that called Depp a “wife-beater” in its pages. Depp sued for libel, and the verdict is now in. Unfortunately, the court did not agree with the actor’s perspective on the situation, as the case has been dismissed in favor of the defendants.

The case surrounded the use of the term “wife-beater” to describe Depp in a 2018 article. The Sun then called Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard, to testify. The actress has accused the Pirates of the Caribbean actor of abuse during their relationship.  While the decision agrees that Depp’s side successfully proved the elements of a libel claim, the case has been dismissed because the judge found the statements made by The Sun to be “substantially true.” Judge Andrew Nicol Clearly accepted the testimony of Amber Heard as true, and as truth is a solid defense in a libel claim, that’s what has happened here. 

More to come…


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