UK court docket rejects Depp bid to attraction ‘spouse beater’ ruling

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A British court docket has refused Johnny Depp permission to attraction a decide’s ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard

Two Court docket of Attraction judges mentioned the Hollywood star can not problem the Excessive Court docket’s rejection of his libel lawsuit towards writer of The Solar newspaper for labeling him a “wife beater” in an article.

The justices, James Dingemans and Nicholas Underhill, mentioned the sooner court docket listening to was “full and fair” and the trial decide’s conclusions “have not been shown even arguably to be vitiated by any error of approach or mistake of law.”

They concluded that “the appeal has no real prospect of success and that there is no other compelling reason for it to be heard.”

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High Court Justice Andrew Nicol ruled in November that allegations against Depp, made in a April 2018 article, were “substantially true.” The judge ruled that Depp, 57, assaulted Heard, 34, on a dozen occasions and put her in fear for her life three times.

Lawyers for Depp argued at a court hearing last week that Depp hadn’t received a fair hearing and that Heard was an unreliable witness. As evidence of her unreliability, they claimed that Heard hadn’t kept her promise to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to charity.

The appeals judges said it was “pure speculation, and in our view very unlikely” that the fate of the divorce money influenced judge Nicol’s decision.

“It is clear from a reading of the judgment as a whole that the judge based his conclusions on each of the incidents on his extremely detailed review of the evidence specific to each incident,” they said.

“In an strategy of that sort there was no need or room for the decide to present weight to any basic evaluation of Ms. Heard’s credibility.”

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The Excessive Court docket ruling got here after a three-week trial in July, through which Depp and Heard gave conflicting accounts of their temporary, tempestuous marriage. Through the trial Depp acknowledged wide-ranging drug issues, however accused Heard of constructing up abuse allegations and insisted he was “not a violent person, especially with women.”

His legal professionals argued that the allegations in The Solar brought on “serious harm” to the actor’s status and “significant distress and embarrassment.”

Within the wake of the ruling, Depp mentioned he was leaving the “Fantastic Beasts” movie franchise after studio Warner Bros. requested his resignation.

Depp can be suing Heard for $50 million in Virginia over a Washington Submit op-ed essay that she wrote about home violence. The trial in that case was just lately delayed till April 2022.