Johnny Depp's legal team calls judgment in libel case 'flawed'; says it would be 'ridiculous' for the actor not to appeal

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Johnny Depp's legal team calls judgment in libel case 'flawed'; says it would be 'ridiculous' for the actor not to appeal

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Johnny Depp’s legal team has expressed their shock over Britain's High Court ruling in the actor’s libel case against the owner of the Sun tabloid over allegations that he was a "wife-beater."
Siding with the newspaper, Justice Andrew Nicol said that the paper's 2018 story under a headline calling Depp a “wife-beater” was “substantially true.” In his verdict, he also stated that Depp had "not succeeded in his action for libel."

According to reports, his lawyers described the ruling as "perverse as it is bewildering", and said it would be ridiculous for him not to appeal.


“Most troubling is the judge’s reliance on the testimony of Amber Heard, and corresponding disregard of the mountain of counter-evidence from police officers, medical practitioners, her own former assistant, other unchallenged witnesses and an array of documentary evidence which completely undermined the allegations, point by point. All of this was overlooked,” Jenny Afia, representing Johnny‘s legal counsel said in a statement to Pagesix.com.



In his ruling, Justice Nicol said Depp had "proved the necessary elements of his cause of action in libel," the defendants had shown that "what they published in the meaning which I have held the words to bear was substantially true."



Depp, 57, best known for his role as Jack Sparrow in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, had sued a British tabloid over an April 2018 article that accused him of assaulting his ex-wife Amber Heard.
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