London | British justice on Wednesday rejected Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s request to appeal after losing his libel case against the British tabloid The Sun, who described him as an abusive husband to Amber Heard.
This decision is not final, however: the American actor has until December 7 to apply directly to the appeals court.
“I refused the complainant leave to appeal,” said Judge Andrew Nicol. “I do not consider the grounds of appeal raised to have a reasonable prospect of success, and there is no other compelling reason why the request to appeal should be granted.”
In early November, the actor ofEdward Scissorhands and Pirates of the Caribbean lost his libel case against News Group Newspapers (NGN), a publisher of The Sun, who called him a “female hitter.”
The ax fell after three weeks of hearings in July at the High Court in London, often in the presence of the 57-year-old comedian and his ex-wife Amber Heard, 34, which had resulted in a spill of revelations gloomy about their private life.
Drug addiction, accusations of deception and even excrement found in the marital bed had been discussed, fueling the Unes of the tabloids. Relying mainly on the actress’s statements, The Sun cited 14 episodes of violence, all disputed by Johnny Depp.
At the beginning of November, Judge Nicol had ruled in favor of the tabloid, estimating in his first judgment that the Sun’s qualifications were “substantially true” because “the vast majority of the alleged assaults have been proven”.
The same judge also ordered Johnny Depp on Wednesday to pay the Sun just over 628,000 pounds (over a million dollars) to cover his legal costs.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met on the set of Rum Express in 2011, before getting married in February 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
The couple had divorced with a bang in early 2017. The actress Danish Girl and “Aquaman” then spoke of “years” of “physical and psychological” violence, accusations strongly rejected by Johnny Depp.