Johnny Depp has lost his highly popularised libel case against Sun Newspaper after an article describing him as a “wife-beater”.The London courts declined to award Depp compensation for damages to his reputation he allegedly suffered following Sun’s publication.
“The claimant [Depp] has not succeeded in his action for libel” The Judge, Justice Nicol ruled.
” The defendants [the Sun and News Group Newspapers] have shown that what they published in the meaning which I have held the words to bear was substantially true.”
“I have reached these conclusions having examined in detail the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely as well as the overarching considerations which the claimant submitted I should take into account. In those circumstances, parliament has said that a defendant has a complete defence.”
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The Pirates of The Caribbean star had dragged Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN) to court over the defaming article.
The original headline had read: “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”
The case went on to become one of the most followed libel suits of all time.
NGN immediately after the rulling issued a statement. It read: “The Sun has stood up and campaigned for the victims of domestic abuse for over 20 years. Domestic abuse victims must never be silenced. And we thank the judge for his careful consideration and thank Amber Heard for her courage in giving evidence to the court.”
Meanwhile, his ex-wife, Amber Heard’s lawyer who’s also representing her in a similar libel case said:
“For those of us present for the London high court trial, this decision and judgment are not a surprise.”
“Very soon, we will be presenting even more voluminous evidence in the US. We are committed to obtaining justice for Amber Heard in the US court and defending Ms Heard’s right to free speech.”
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard finalised thier drawn-out divorce case in 2017 after two years together.
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