Next week will be a big day in the life of Hollywood star Johnny Depp. The Pirates of the Caribbean star will find out the outcome of his libel action against a British newspaper – which labelled him a “wife beater” in his ongoing legal feud with former wife Amber Heard – on November 2. The ruling could have a lasting impact on the veteran actor’s career. This comes after Depp earlier sued News Group Newspapers, publishers of the Sun, and one of its journalists, Dan Wootton, over a 2018 article which stated he had been violent towards Heard, and which questioned his casting in the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them film franchise, reported Reuters.
Both Depp and Heard gave evidence before Judge Andrew Nicol during a three-week hearing at London’s High Court, exposing their private lives while also levelling accusations of domestic abuse, extra marital affairs and involvement in drugs, against each other. The former flames tied the knot in 2015, eventually parting ways after 15 months of being married.
Depp previously told the court he was never violent towards Heard, claiming that she was lying, and had instead attacked him multiple times. In turn, Heard revealed Depp would turn into a monster after consuming all sorts of drugs and alcohol. He had often threatened to kill her, she told the hearings, detailing 14 occasions of extreme violence when she said the actor choked, punched, slapped, head-butted, throttled and kicked her. Nicol will deliver his judgement on November 2 at 10 a.m. (1000 GMT), informed the Judicial Press Office. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no event will take place at the High Court building. The judge has to decide whether the Sun article caused “serious harm” to Depp’s reputation and whether the allegations made by the publication were true or not. Depp has also filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard in a Virginia court over an opinion piece she wrote in The Washington Post.