Johnny Depp Loses Bid To Appeal ‘Wife Beater’ Ruling

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Johnny Depp has just lost a bid to overturn a damning High Court ruling.

Here’s the full – and very explosive – story…

Now, where do we even begin with the whole Johnny Depp and Amber Heard debacle?

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After the famous pair met on the set of The Rum Diary, Depp started dating Heard, shortly after calling it quits with his long-term partner, Vanessa Paradis.
And, for the most part, this coupling seemed to be the start of a promising relationship.

And, not ones to waste any time, hastily tied the knot just one year later in February 2015.

However, it was here when things started to go a little pear-shaped.

Their honeymoon period was a little short-lived as, just months after their marriage, Depp reportedly suffered a hand injury as a result of “smashing bottles and windows” during a heated argument with his wife.

So it came as no shock when Heard filed for divorce in March 2016, just fifteen months after the couple had initially exchanged their “I do”s.

With many news outlets reporting that Heard had cited “irreconcilable differences” while filing the divorce petition.

Heard filed a restraining order against Depp, claiming that he had previously assaulted her.

It was a big allegation to make…

So people were confused when Heard retracted her allegations just one day before the hearing was due to be held.

Heard had alleged that the actor had hit her on several occasions, and even provided video footage of him flinging a glass of wine across the room in a fit of rage.

Who was even made the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Ambassador for Women’s Issues.”

Depp found his career taking a hit as a result of the on-going scandal.

And his appearance in J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was heavily criticized.

In a career-shattering announcement just 4 days after Heard’s damning article, Disney announced that the actor would no longer be a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Last year, he filed a $50-million defamation case against Heard and presented evidence that he was the one on the receiving end of the abuse, not the other way around.
He alleged that he had been the victim all along, with his lawsuit reading: “The op-ed [Heard’s article] depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”

The allegations Depp made were difficult to read.

“She hit, punched, and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me,” his lawsuit read.

Audio obtained by the Daily Mail was released that heard her admitting to attacking Depp. “You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny. You poke an animal enough, it is eventually, it doesn’t matter how friendly it is, it’s not cool,” she could be heard saying.

The case was a grueling one…

And a few months ago, Depp was in court for his libel case against The Sun newspaper – whom he was suing over a 2018 article in which he was described as a “wife-beater.”
But sadly, the lawsuit didn’t go Depp’s way and he lost the controversial case against the newspaper and editor Dan Wootton.

“The Sun has stood up and campaigned for the victims of domestic abuse for over twenty years.
“Domestic abuse victims must never be silenced and we thank the Judge for his careful consideration and thank Amber Heard for her courage in giving evidence to the court,” said a spokesperson.

Things were quick to get even worse for the actor as he was then forced to resign from his role of Grindlewald in Fantastic Beasts 3.

The actor announced the news via his Instagram and in a statement, he vowed to “stay strong” and continue fighting to prove that the allegations made against him are “false.” He captioned his post with:
“The bigger the battle, the greater the victory.”

Of course, fans of the actor were completely outraged…

And many slammed Warner Bros’ decision, dubbing the whole scenario as a blatant example of “sexism.”

“Remove Amber Heard From Aquaman 2 was launched in the wake of Depp’s dismissal from Fantastic Beasts, and it has garnered an eyewatering amount of signatures.
At the time of writing, it has accumulated an eyewatering 1,827,771 signatures.

But this doesn’t mean that everything will be going Depp’s way…

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As the news is just in that the actor has lost a bid to overturn the High Court ruling.

Earlier this month, lawyers for Depp requested an appeal at the High Court, stating that their client did not receive a fair trial.

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They added they had “fresh evidence” about Heard, and claimed she had lied about donating her full $7 million divorce settlement to charity.

However, the Court of Appeal judges refused Depp’s application, saying the original hearing “was full and fair” and that the trial judge “gave thorough reasons for his conclusions which have not been shown even arguably to be vitiated by any error of approach or mistake of law.”

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​Announcing the decision, Lord Justice Underhill said, “We refuse Mr. Depp’s application to admit further evidence in support of his proposed appeal and we conclude that the appeal has no real prospect of success and that there is no other compelling reason for it to be heard.”

​The judgment continued:

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​”Nor… do we believe that the judge would have reached a different conclusion if it had been established before him that Ms. Heard had given a misleading impression about how much of the $7 million which she said that she had donated to charity had in fact been paid.”

In a statement made after the ruling, a spokeswoman for The Sun told Sky News:

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“The Sun had every confidence that this leave to appeal application would not be granted and are pleased with today’s decision. The case had a full, fair and proper hearing, and today’s decision vindicates the courageous evidence that Amber Heard gave to the court about domestic abuse, despite repeated attempts to undermine and silence her by the perpetrator… The Sun will continue to stand up and campaign for victims of domestic abuse.”
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.