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Johnny Depp loses trial against newspaper that accused him of being a ‘violent husband’


The protagonist of “Pirates of the Caribbean” assured that the phrase written by the English newspaper had damaged his image in Hollywood, endangering his career.

MEXICO CITY

American actor Johnny depp, described as a violent husband with his ex-wife Amber Heard by The Sun in 2018, lost the libel suit against that British tabloid on Monday that, according to the judge, he wrote something “substantially true”.

The 57-year-old star, who exposed her drug excesses and extravagant lifestyle to public scrutiny in this high-stakes trial, may further damage a reputation she sought to clean up.

In the opinion of the London judge Andrew Nicol, “the defendants have shown that what they published, in the sense that their words have as I understand it, was substantially true”.

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The proceedings, held before the High Court in London, revolved around an April 2018 headline in which The Sun wondered how British writer JK Rowling could accept this “wife beater” in the film “Fantastic Beasts.”

During the three weeks of hearings in July, Depp struggled to prove that he had never hit Heard despite the violent relationship between the couple, married from 2015 to 2017.

The protagonist of “Pirates of the Caribbean” assured that the phrase written by the English newspaper had damaged his image in Hollywood, endangering his career.

Depp was “mentioned on the same level as movie mogul Harvey Weinstein”, condemned in March in the United States for sexual crimes, went so far as to affirm the lawyer of the star, David Sherborne.

For this reason, he sued the publishing group News Group Newspapers (NGN) and its executive director, Dan Wootton.

Johnny Depp was going to reprise next year the role of the evil Gellert Grindelwad in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, a spinoff from the magical universe of Harry Potter. But this case has cast doubt on his participation in the film.

– Marital violence –

Victims of spousal violence should never have to remain silent, “reacted a spokesman for The Sun who thanked the judge, as well as the actress for” her courage in testifying in court.

“This verdict is not a surprise,” said Heard’s lawyers, assuring that he now wants to “obtain justice” in another pending defamation case in the United States.

NGN based its defense on 14 alleged cases of abuse by Depp of Heard, which it detailed in great detail during the process and which seemed to convince the judge.

I have reached these conclusions after having examined in detail the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely, as well as the general considerations presented by the plaintiff, “wrote Nicol.

The case, rated as “the biggest libel trial of the 21st century in England”, brought out the sun the dirtiest rags from Depp and Heard’s tumultuous marriage.

The court heard lurid stories of drug abuse, feces in the marriage bed, suspicions of infidelity and a severed finger with a bottle during a violent fight.

Acknowledging abusing drugs and alcohol, the actor said that in his years of marriage with Heard he used drugs so much that he was “in no condition” to hurt the 34-year-old model and movie star.

And that he had never laid his hand on a woman, a claim supported by the written testimonies of his ex-partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder.

Depp met the actress from “The Danish Girl” and “Aquaman” on the set of “Diary of a Seducer” in 2011 and they were married in February 2015 in Los Angeles. They were divorced two years later.

The actress then spoke of “years” of “physical and psychological” violence, accusations that Depp vehemently denied.

During the trial in London, Depp’s lawyer made an effort to present the interpreter as the true violent of the couple. And he accused her of being a “compulsive liar” who had fabricated a case against the actor for years to boost his career.

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