Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard have been fighting the same case over and over for an extended time. What fumed Depp was the term “wife beater” used against him. It was first used by The Sun’s editor Dan Wootton in his online column. The phrase was claimed to be incredibly offensive and career-killing. Johnny Depp then filed a libel claim which was dismissed in November. And now his appeal to reopen the dismissed case has been denied too.
What was the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s libel trial about?
On June 1st, 2018 Johnny Depp stated that the phrase ‘wife beater’ caused “serious harm to (his) personal and professional reputation” plus it led to “significant distress and embarrassment”. Later, the column had to remove the phrase from their post. On March 1st, 2019, Johnny Depp filed another libel claim but this time against his ex-wife Amber Heard. It happened when an op-ed she wrote was published in the Washington Post. (This particular case is delayed until April 2022)
In the London hearing, Judge Nicol who presided over the libel case involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard concluded, “I have reached these conclusions having examined in detail the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely as well as the overarching considerations which the claimant submitted I should take into account”. Depp lost the case. Nicole stated that the phrase used by the paper was ‘substantially true’ and dismissed the libel claim.
The Case and The Appeal
Depp later proposed a statement where he said, “The surreal judgment of the court in the U.K. will not change my fight to tell the truth, and I confirm that I plan to appeal“. At the end of 2020, he applied with the U.K. court of appeal to further his side of the case. He raised his claims of him not getting a full and fair trial since Heard was the prime witness. Court justices, James Dingemans and Nicholas Underhill said, “(the trial judge’s conclusion) have not been shown even arguably to be vitiated by any error of approach or mistake of law”.
Hence the justices said, “The appeal has no real prospect of success. And that there is no other compelling reason for it to be heard”. They continued, “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”. This way Johnny Depp’s appeal was denied.