Johnny Depp has utilized on to the court docket of attraction in a bid to overturn a excessive court docket ruling that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard and put her in concern for her life.
The Hollywood star sued The Solar’s writer for libel after a 2018 column by its govt editor Dan Wootton described him as a “spouse beater”.
The 57-year-old took authorized motion towards the paper’s dad or mum firm, Information Group Newspapers (NGN), over the column, which referred to “overwhelming proof” he attacked Heard, 34, throughout their relationship.
In November, Mr Justice Nicol dismissed the declare, discovering NGN had proved what was within the article was “considerably true”.
The identical choose refused Depp permission to attraction later the identical month, ruling: “I don’t think about that the proposed grounds of attraction have an inexpensive prospect of success.”
The choose additionally ordered the actor to make an preliminary fee to NGN of just about £630,000 for the writer’s authorized charges.
Nicol gave Depp till 7 December to use on to the court docket of attraction to overturn his judgment.
Depp has now filed an software with the court docket of attraction, in keeping with a publicly accessible listing of pending appeals.
It’s not recognized what Depp’s grounds of attraction are, or when a choice on his software for permission to attraction is more likely to be made.
In his judgment, printed in November, Nicol concluded that 12 of the 14 alleged incidents of home violence relied on by NGN did happen.
Depp introduced simply days after the ruling that he was requested by Warner Brothers to resign from his position within the Harry Potter spin-off franchise Implausible Beasts – the very position which prompted Wootton to ask how JK Rowling could possibly be “genuinely glad” Depp was solid within the movie.
In that assertion, he mentioned: “The surreal judgment of the court docket within the UK is not going to change my combat to inform the reality and I affirm that I plan to attraction.”
His solicitor Jenny Afia, from the Schillings regulation agency, had mentioned the excessive court docket ruling was “as perverse as it’s bewildering”, including: “The judgment is so flawed that it could be ridiculous for Mr Depp to not attraction this resolution.”
However Heard’s US lawyer, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, mentioned: “For these of us current for the London excessive court docket trial, this resolution and judgment usually are not a shock.
“Very quickly, we shall be presenting much more voluminous proof within the US.”
Depp is embroiled in a separate libel battle within the US, having sued Heard personally over a 2018 Washington Put up opinion piece through which she claimed to be a sufferer of home abuse.