Johnny Depp has lost his libel lawsuit over the 2018 story that described him as a “wife-beater”.
On November 2nd, a London judge ruled that the article in the U.K.’s Sun newspaper was “substantially true”. The article in question is one that “cited 14 incidents of alleged violence” against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean star, 57, and Amber Heard, Aquaman actress, 34, married in 2015.
Heard accused him of abuse in 2016. They divorced in 2017 and Depp denied the abuse claims. Depp has a $50 million U.S. defamation suit against Heard that is ongoing.
Depp and Heard both testified in London in July. The 471-page deposition transcript is a treasure of previously unreleased documents.
In addition to other claims, in one incident, Heard said Depp was “swinging around” a magnum bottle of wine and knocking things off the counter with it.
Heard also testified that Depp threw the phone at her and hit her “as hard as he could” in the face with it.
Depp claims Heard was “aggressive and violent” and punched him in the face after he was late to her birthday dinner.
The actor has publically admitted to “doing every kind of drug there is”, however, he has denied allegations by his former wife that he was violent towards her multiple times.
Depp’s lawyer calls the recent decision “flawed” and “bewildering” adding that Depp plans to appeal.