Crime & Justice

US actor Johnny Depp denied appeal in tabloid libel case

London, Mar 25 (efe-epa).- A British court on Thursday rejected Johnny Depp’s appeal in his libel case against a 2018 British tabloid story in which he was a named a “wife beater.”

American film star Depp filed a lawsuit against The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its executive editor Dan Wootton, for the claim that he had attacked his ex-wife Amber Heard during their relationship.

Judge Nicholas Underhill said there was no “other compelling reason” for the appeal to be heard, believing it “has no real prospect of success.”

During last week’s hearing, Depp’s lawyer requested the court to consider new evidence which alleged Heard had not given away most of her $7 million settlement from their divorce to charity, as claimed she had promised.

The 57-year-old actor wanted to appeal the Nov. 2 court verdict against him in the libel case. The court, which heard testimonies from both parties, ruled that what was in the article is “substantially true.”

Afterwards, Warner Bros. has asked Depp to resign from the Fantastic Beasts franchise set in the wizarding world created by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.EFE-EPA

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