Court Gives Johnny Depp The Right To Sue Ex Amber Heard In $50 Million Libel Case

The drama between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard feels like it’s been going on decades. In truth, the Hollywood couple split up five years ago, and the years that followed have been marked by a never-ending, he-said-she-said spat in the courts and the media.

In the most recent episode of this reality soap opera, Depp achieved a huge success. A judge just gave Johnny the right to sue his ex-wife Amber Heard in a $50 million libel case.

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The “Wife Beater”

In an article by the paper’s executive editor that appeared in the British tabloid The Sun in April 2018, Johnny was referred to as a “Wife Beater” in the article’s title.

Trial for the case began in July 2020. Johnny and Amber both provided testimony throughout the three-week trial. The High Court dismissed Depp’s appeal in November 2020, finding that the headline was “essentially factual.”

Amber made an attempt to have Johnny’s op-ed case dismissed after The Sun was successful and effectively granted permission to refer to him as a “wife beater.”

Depp and his legal team have insisted throughout the numerous court hearings that he is innocent of the domestic violence accusations. Johnny asserts that he was sacked from or made to resign from a number of highly lucrative roles as a result of the negative press, including his parts as Grindelwald in the “Fantastic Beasts” trilogy and Captain Jack Sparrow in a potential “Pirates of the Caribbean” reboot. He apparently lost tens of millions of dollars on both films.

The Virginian judge ruled that the statements Heard made in her op-ed for the Washington Post and those made by The Sun concerning Depp were sufficiently dissimilar to warrant a fresh lawsuit.

The judge added, “Defendant’s claim that Plaintiff had a full and fair opportunity to pursue the UK case is not accepted by the court. Because the defendant was not identified as a defendant in the UK action and was not treated as one, she was exempt from the same restrictions regarding discovery that applied to named parties. Due to the fact that the defendant’s allegedly defamatory remarks were made after the UK case got underway, she was unable to be named as a defendant in the UK lawsuit.”

Actually, Amber has received two shots of unpleasant news recently.

In 2017, Johnny and Amber got a divorce, and he gave her $7 million. Amber reportedly agreed to split the sum in half and give the other half to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the ACLU. Johnny feels that these assurances “balanced the scales” in favor of him when he was suing The Sun.

A New York judge gave Johnny permission earlier this month to demand documentation from the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the ACLU proving whether Amber followed through on the donations.

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