British court judge, Justice Andrew Nicol has come to the decision that actor Johnny Depp does not have legal standing in his libel suit against executive editor of the Sun Dan Wootton as well as the publisher News Group Newspapers. Justice Nicol states his ruling that Depp has “not succeeded in his action for libel.” The lawsuit was focused on a 2018 article released by the Sun that accused Depp of physically assaulting his wife from 2015 to 2017, Amber Heard.
Heard’s won legal team stated on Monday that the court’s verdict is “not a surprise” based on the case at large, meanwhile the Sun released its own statement saying the verdict was “stunning victory for press freedom.” Naturally Depp responded by calling the allegations against him a “hoax” calling Heard the abuser, stating that she cut off the tip of one of his fingers with a vodka bottle.
A second, $50 million case is set to head to trial in 2021 According to 2019 documents, Depp made the accusation that Heard was “the perpetrator”. Dispute resolution lawyer from the London law firm “Fieldfisher”, Nathan Capone made the statement that Depp has to “foot the bill” for legal costs paid owed by the Sun due to Monday’s verdict. Capone added on to his statement that:
“Depp has the option of applying to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal but the judgment makes that very difficult; Mr Justice Nicol based his decision on findings of fact against Mr Depp having seen live witness evidence,” He continued. “It is unlikely that the Court of Appeal will interfere with his judgment on that front. Although the findings are ‘on the balance of probabilities’ (the civil standard), the damage is likely to be done in terms of the public’s perception.”
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