Johnny Depp’s defense pleads for retrial after loss to the Sun that described him as abusive husband

Following the judgment which he described as “surrealist”, the 57-year-old American actor had to give up his role in the next film in the series “Fantastic Beasts”, adapted from the works of the author of Harry Potter, JK Rowling.

On November 2, the actor of “Edward in the Silver Hands” and “Pirate of the Caribbean” lost his libel case in London against News Group Newspapers (NGN), the publisher of the Sun.

Relying mainly on the statements of the actress, the Sun had, in an article published in April 2018, invoked 14 episodes of violence, all disputed by Johnny Depp.

After three weeks of hearing which had, in July, peeled the married life of the couple, sometimes in its most scabrous details, Judge Andrew Nicol had ruled in favor of the tabloid. He had ruled in his judgment that the Sun’s qualifications were “substantially true” because “the vast majority of the alleged assaults have been proven.”

After the judge refused to grant him leave to appeal, Johnny Depp appealed directly to the court of appeal. But to get a second trial, the actor’s lawyers will have to rely on new evidence that was not produced at first instance, said judge Nicholas Underhill in early February.

It is at the end of the hearings which start Thursday that Johnny Depp will know if the British justice grants him the possibility of clearing his name.

The actor has also initiated another defamation proceeding against Amber Heard in the United States.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *