Actor Johnny Depp handles U.K. tabloid in court fight over ‘partner beater’ claims

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Actor Johnny Depp takes on U.K. tabloid in court battle over 'wife beater' claims

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LONDON — Johnny Depp starts legal action versus a British tabloid on Tuesday in a case that is most likely to look into the personal lives of the Hollywood star, his ex-wife starlet Amber Heard and a variety of other popular figures.

Depp, the 57-year-old star of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, is taking legal action against the Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its managing editor, Dan Wootton, for libel over a short article Wootton composed in 2018 calling him a “wife beater.”

The case, which will be heard at London’s High Court, is set to last for 3 weeks, and both stars are anticipated to offer proof.

Actor Johnny Depp reaches the High Court in London on Tuesday.Peter Nicholls / Reuters

The couple satisfied on the set of the 2011 movie “The Rum Diary” and wed in February 2015. But she applied for divorce after simply 15 months and days later on acquired a limiting order versus him. She has actually implicated him of physical abuse throughout their relationship, claims he rejects.

Their divorce was completed in 2017 when the limiting order was dismissed and Depp accepted pay her a formerly revealed amount of $7 million.

Last week, the Sun stopped working in a quote to have the libel case thrown away regardless of the judge concluding that Depp had actually not completely adhered to a court order by not providing information of smart phone texts to his assistant which the paper’s legal group stated described acquiring drugs for the star.

The judge, Andrew Nicol, has actually likewise ruled that Heard, who is anticipated to participate in the trial, can be in court to hear her ex-husband affirm.

In his judgements, Nicol has stated the Sun would depend on witness declarations from Heard and others, arguing that its stories held true.

“In those articles, it is said, the Defendants accused the Claimant of multiple acts of physical violence against Ms Heard, some of which, it is alleged the articles said, put Ms Heard in fear of her life,” Nicol stated.

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