In the legal dispute with the tabloid “The Sun”, Hollywood star Johnny Depp has accused his ex-wife Amber Heard of implausible and false statements.
Depp’s lawyer argued on Thursday in the London Court of Appeal that the case should be reopened in the face of “fresh evidence”.
Depp had filed a lawsuit against the publisher of the “Sun” because of an article in which it was claimed that he had physically abused his ex-wife Amber Heard (34). However, the High Court in London had dismissed the lawsuit at the beginning of November: The majority of the allegations mentioned in the newspaper had proven to be true, the judges noted in their ruling.
Depp had criticized after the verdict that the court had relied exclusively on the statements of his ex-wife Amber Heard and ignored counter-evidence from police and other witnesses.
Depp’s defense attorney accused Heard, who had made serious allegations against her ex-husband as a witness in the trial, of being untrustworthy at Thursday’s hearing. Heard had not fulfilled her announcement to donate the funds received from her multimillion-dollar divorce from Depp to a children’s hospital and a civil rights organization. The hospital had stated in a letter, for example, that it had received no payments from her.
The promise was a “calculated and manipulative lie to achieve a positive effect,” Depp’s lawyer explained.
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The London High Court had rejected the objection of Johnny Depp (57), which had already been filed in the autumn – now the Court of Appeal has to deal with the case. At first, it was unclear whether the court would also announce a decision on Thursday.
The celebrity trial had attracted worldwide attention last year. For weeks, Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and his 23 years younger ex-wife (“Zombieland”) painted the picture of a deeply destructive relationship.