Johnny Depp, 57, has had to accept after the failed delander lawsuit against the tabloid The Sun again a defeat in court: The actor wanted to achieve again a new edition of the procedure, which in his opinion had been one-sided. But this has now been rejected by the uk’s highest court of appeal in London. The verdict in the delander trial was “comprehensive and fair” and the judge in the proceedings had “comprehensively justified” his judgment – there were therefore “no errors of law” to be recognized.
Depp has also filed a de liment lawsuit in the U.S.
The delander case involved a 2018 article in the Sun in which editor-in-chief Dan Wootton had described Depp as a “wife thug.” The article was “essentially true,” judge Andrew Nicol of the London High Court said in his verdict published online. According to the verdict, it can still be claimed that Depp physically abused his ex-wife Amber Heard, 34, and was a “wife beater”.
Depp was instructed to pay for the tabloid’s court costs of the equivalent of 705,000 euros. After the verdict, he lost his role as Grindelwald in the film series “Fantastic Beasts”. The actor, known from films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Edward Scissorhands”, denies the allegations and has also filed a delander lawsuit in the USA. However, he sues Heard directly.
The actress had reported in 2018 in the “Washington Post” about her experiences of violence: “I felt the powerful anger of our culture against all those women who open their mouths … I had the rare opportunity to see in real time how the institutions protect such men who are accused of abuse … In recent years, the MeToo movement has shown us how this power works, not just in Hollywood.”