These days Johnny Depp is more focused on legal battles than he is the kind that involve pirate ships in the movies. The court fight between Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard has been running on multiple fronts, but one of those challenges just hit a brick wall. Last fall a libel case between Depp and the U.K. paper The Sun, which referred to the actor in its pages as a “wife-beater” ended in a ruling against the actor. Depp’s side appealed, but now a U.K. court has denied that appeal.
The appeals court ruled that the original trial was “full and fair” and that the judge’s decisions “have not been shown even arguably to be vitiated by any error of approach or mistake of law.” The Depp legal team had argued that Amber Heard had yet to donate the full $7 million from her divorce settlement, as she had claimed, and thus had lied in court, but the appeals court did not find that sufficient grounds to let the appeal go forward.
The libel case verdict was a major blow to Johnny Depp the first time around, as it was almost immediately following the original case that Depp was removed from the cast of the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
More to come…