Hollywood star Johnny Depp will search permission on Thursday to attraction towards his defeat in a London libel case final yr over a tabloid article which labelled him a spouse beater.
Excessive Courtroom Choose Andrew Nicol dominated final November that Depp had violently assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard throughout their tempestuous five-year relationship, at occasions placing her in worry for her life.
That call got here after three weeks of hearings the place the court docket heard sensational declare and counter-claim from Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, about violent outbursts which every accused the opposite of committing.
Depp, star of movies together with Pirates of the Caribbean and Edward Scissorhands, had gone to the London court docket to sue The Solar newspaper and one in every of its journalists over an article that acknowledged he had been violent in the direction of Heard.
“I’ve discovered that the good majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp have been proved to the civil customary,” mentioned Nicol in his November ruling.
Within the aftermath, Depp’s attorneys mentioned the ruling was so flawed it might be ridiculous for him to not attraction.
They mentioned it was “troubling” the choose had relied on Heard’s testimony whereas rejecting the proof of cops, her former assistant and different witnesses which they mentioned had undermined her proof.
On Thursday, Depp’s authorized crew will apply for permission to attraction, and to depend on additional proof. The listening to, anticipated to final for about two hours, will probably be livestreamed on the Courtroom of Attraction’s YouTube channel.
Following Nicol’s verdict, seen as being extremely damaging to his profession, Depp was requested to depart the Incredible Beasts franchise, the film spin-offs from the Harry Potter books and movies.
Throughout the libel trial final summer time, Heard mentioned Depp would flip right into a jealous alter ego, “the monster”, after bingeing on medication and alcohol and had usually threatened to kill her.
Heard detailed 14 events of maximum violence when she mentioned the actor choked, punched, slapped, head-butted, throttled and kicked her, with Nicol accepting 12 of those accounts have been true, together with an assault after her 30th party and one other incident which left her with black eyes.
The couple met whereas making The Rum Diary in 2011 and married 4 years later, however divorced in 2016.
Depp had informed the court docket he was by no means violent in the direction of his ex-wife, saying her claims have been a hoax and portraying her as a gold-digger. However Nicol rejected his model of occasions.
Depp has additionally filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit towards Heard in a Virginia court docket over an opinion piece she wrote in The Washington Submit.