The Hollywood star sued The Solar’s writer for libel after a 2018 column by its govt editor Dan Wootton labelled him a “spouse beater”.
The 57-year-old took authorized motion towards Information Group Newspapers (NGN) over the column, which referred to “overwhelming proof” he attacked Ms Heard, 34, throughout their relationship.
In November, Mr Justice Nicol dismissed the Pirates Of The Caribbean actor’s declare, discovering NGN had proved what was within the article was “considerably true”.
The identical choose refused Mr Depp permission to enchantment later the identical month, ruling: “I don’t think about that the proposed grounds of enchantment have an affordable prospect of success.”
The choose additionally ordered the actor to make an preliminary cost to NGN of just about £630,000 for the writer’s authorized charges.
Mr Justice Nicol gave Mr Depp till December 7 to use on to the Courtroom of Enchantment to overturn his judgment.
It isn’t recognized what Mr Depp’s grounds of enchantment are, or when a call on his software for permission to enchantment is more likely to be made.
The choose discovered that Mr Depp assaulted Ms Heard on a dozen events and put her in “worry for her life” on three events, together with one the actress described as a “three-day hostage state of affairs” in Australia in March 2015.
Mr Justice Nicol discovered Ms Heard was additionally in worry for her life throughout incidents on the Japanese and Oriental Categorical in South East Asia in August 2015 and once more in LA in December of the identical 12 months.
However he added: “I don’t settle for this characterisation of Ms Heard.”
Mr Depp introduced simply days after the ruling that he was requested by Warner Brothers to resign from his function within the Harry Potter spin-off franchise Improbable Beasts – the very function which prompted Mr Wootton to ask how JK Rowling might be “genuinely blissful” Mr Depp was forged within the movie.
In that assertion, he stated: “The surreal judgment of the courtroom within the UK is not going to change my battle to inform the reality and I verify that I plan to enchantment.”
His solicitor Jenny Afia, from the Schillings regulation agency, had stated the Excessive Courtroom ruling was “as perverse as it’s bewildering”, including: “The judgment is so flawed that it might be ridiculous for Mr Depp to not enchantment this resolution.”
However Ms Heard’s US lawyer, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, stated: “For these of us current for the London Excessive Courtroom trial, this resolution and judgment will not be a shock.
“Very quickly, we shall be presenting much more voluminous proof within the US.”
Mr Depp is presently embroiled in a separate libel battle within the US, having sued Ms Heard personally over a 2018 Washington Put up opinion piece through which she claimed to be a sufferer of home abuse.