Johnny Depp Loses Libel Case Tied to Amber Heard!
Well, the news is out, Johnny Depp lost a libel suit he filed in London, suing the newspaper The Sun for running an article that called him a “wife-beater.” Read on since Johnny Depp Loses Libel Case...
CelebnMusic247.com reports that Johnny Depp filed a lawsuit about an article that called him a “wife-beater,” a reference to his relationship with ex-wife Amber Heard.
The legal battle was an ugly case, dragging both actors’ private lives into the spotlight. And it was a complicated case; each accused the other of abuse. From Heard’s strange claims of cutting to her claims of his drugs.
If you recall, Depp and Heard met when she was just 22 and he was a 45-year-old father of two living with his longtime partner, Vanessa Paradis. A few years later, Depp and Heard married and soon divorced. Just before the divorce, Heard filed for a restraining order — and photographers captured the mark on her face as she walked in and out of a Los Angeles court. Heard’s allegations that Depp had physically and verbally abused her while using drugs and alcohol were soon widely publicized. Depp has always denied them, saying that in reality, Heard had abused him.
Next, British libel law works differently from the American version. In short, in the United States, the burden of proof for libel is on the person claiming to have been libeled — that is, the plaintiff has to demonstrate that what was written is false (at least in cases involving matters of public concern). In the United Kingdom, the burden of proof is on the party accused of libel — that is, The Sun had to prove that what it published about Depp was true. A judge held that it had met that burden and that 12 of 14 of Heard’s accusations of abuse met the threshold for truth in civil court. Depp’s attorneys say they plan to appeal.
Depp’s whole goal of this lawsuit was, ostensibly, to rehabilitate his reputation. Since he did not win the case, proving Heard’s claims of abuse are true.
We are hearing that Depp will be appealing the case.
The actor released this statement on the Gram:
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