Actress Amber Heard is “pleased, but by no means surprised” after a UK court threw out an appeal by actor Johnny Depp who lost a libel case against The Sun in November 2020 over an article that labelled him a “wife beater”.
“We are pleased, but by no means surprised, by the court’s denial of Mr Depp’s application for appeal,” her lawyers said on her behalf.
“The evidence presented in the case was overwhelming and undeniable. The verdict and lengthy, well-reasoned judgment have been affirmed.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean star had taken action against the British publication after they branded him a wife beater who had assaulted then- spouse Amber Heard. The judge ruled in favor of the publication and his defamation accusations were thrown out.
The 57-year-old actor who has denied all allegations leveled against him that he attacked his ex-wife was told by the High Court that he could not pursue his appeal application.
Court of Appeal judges said on Thursday that the original hearing was ‘full and fair’ and the trial judge, Justice Andrew Nicol had given ‘thorough reasons for his conclusion.’
“It is not easy to persuade this court to overturn the findings of a trial on purely factual questions.
“We do not believe that there is a real prospect of it being prepared to do so in this case.
“The hearing before Nicol J was full and fair, and he gave thorough reasons for his conclusions which have not been shown even arguably to be vitiated by any error of approach or mistake of law…
“We refuse Mr Depp’s application to admit further evidence in support of his proposed appeal and we conclude that the appeal has no real prospect of success and that there is no other compelling reason for it to be heard.
“We accordingly refuse permission to appeal,” said Lord Justice Underhill as he announced the ruling at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
Depp is also involved in another libel dispute in the US.
The case draws back from a 2018 Washington Post opinion piece written by Amber, in which she spoke about domestic abuse, although she didn’t mention Depp by name.
The case’s hearing was due to take place in May this but has been postponed to April 2022.