A British courtroom on Thursday refused Johnny Depp permission to enchantment a choose’s ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard, saying his try to overturn the choice had “no actual prospect of success.”
Two Courtroom of Enchantment judges mentioned the Hollywood star can’t problem the Excessive Courtroom’s rejection of his libel lawsuit in opposition to the writer of The Solar newspaper for labelling him a “spouse beater” in an article.
The justices, James Dingemans and Nicholas Underhill, mentioned the sooner courtroom listening to was “full and honest” and the trial choose’s conclusions “haven’t been proven even arguably to be vitiated by any error of strategy or mistake of regulation.”
They concluded that “the enchantment has no actual prospect of success and that there is no such thing as a different compelling motive for it to be heard.”
Excessive Courtroom Justice Andrew Nicol dominated in November that allegations in opposition to Depp, made in a April 2018 article, have been “considerably true.” The choose dominated that Depp, 57, assaulted Heard, 34, on a dozen events and put her in concern for her life thrice.
Attorneys for Depp argued at a courtroom listening to final week that Depp hadn’t acquired a good listening to and that Heard was an unreliable witness. As proof of her unreliability, they claimed that Heard hadn’t saved her promise to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to charity.
The appeals judges mentioned it was “pure hypothesis, and in our view impossible” that the destiny of the divorce cash influenced choose Nicol’s determination.
“It’s clear from a studying of the judgment as a complete that the choose based mostly his conclusions on every of the incidents on his extraordinarily detailed evaluation of the proof particular to every incident,” they mentioned.
“In an strategy of that sort there was no need or room for the choose to present weight to any normal evaluation of Ms. Heard’s credibility.”
Depp and Heard met on the set of the 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard, a mannequin and actress, filed for divorce the next 12 months and obtained a restraining order in opposition to Depp on the grounds of home abuse. The divorce was finalized in 2017.
The Excessive Courtroom ruling got here after a headline-grabbing three-week trial in July, through which Depp and Heard gave conflicting accounts of their transient, tempestuous marriage, with every accusing the opposite of being controlling, violent and deceitful.
Through the trial Depp acknowledged wide-ranging drug issues, however accused Heard of constructing up abuse allegations and insisted he was “not a violent individual, particularly with girls.”
Heard’s public relations agency mentioned in an announcement that she was “happy – however in no way shocked” by the Courtroom of Enchantment determination.
“Mr Depp’s declare of recent and essential proof was nothing greater than a press technique, and has been soundly rejected by the courtroom,” the assertion mentioned.
Jeffrey Smele of regulation agency Simons Muirhead and Burton, which represented The Solar’s writer News Group Newspapers, mentioned Thursday’s ruling was “a victory for the liberty of the press and for victims of home violence in every single place.”
Depp’s legal professionals have mentioned that the allegations in The Solar prompted “critical hurt” to the actor’s popularity and “important misery and embarrassment.” Within the wake of the November courtroom ruling, Depp mentioned he was leaving the Improbable Beasts movie franchise after studio Warner Bros. requested his resignation.
Depp can also 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 not too long ago delayed till April 2022.
Depp’s British lawyer, Joelle Wealthy of Schillings Companions, mentioned “there are clear and goal causes to significantly query the choice reached within the U.Okay. courtroom.”
“Mr Depp appears ahead to presenting the whole, irrefutable proof of the reality within the U.S. libel case in opposition to Ms. Heard the place she must present full disclosure,” Wealthy mentioned.