A choose has discovered that Amber Heard was overwhelmed by Johnny Depp on 12 events.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor vehemently denied the claims after they have been printed in The Solar newspaper, and took libel motion towards its publishers Information Group Newspapers.
After a three-week trial at London’s Excessive Court docket earlier this yr, a choose awarded victory to the writer, saying: “I’ve discovered that the nice majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp have been proved to the civil commonplace.”
Mr Justice Nicol dismissed the Pirates Of The Caribbean star’s declare, saying NGN had proved what was within the article to be “considerably true”.
The choose stated: “The claimant has not succeeded in his motion for libel.
“Though he has proved the required components of his reason for motion in libel, the defendants have proven that what they printed within the which means which I’ve held the phrases to bear was considerably true.
“I’ve reached these conclusions having examined intimately the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely in addition to the overarching concerns which the claimant submitted I ought to keep in mind.”
After the discovering was handed down, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, US counsel for Amber Heard, stated in a press release: ” For these of us current for the London Excessive Court docket trial, this choice and Judgment will not be a shock.
“Very quickly, we shall be presenting much more voluminous proof within the U.S. We’re dedicated to acquiring Justice for Amber Heard within the U.S. Court docket and defending Ms. Heard’s Proper to Free Speech.”
Depp and Heard will now go head-to-head in a separate $50 million defamation case within the US.
Depp is bringing the case towards his ex over an opinion piece she wrote in The Washington Publish in December 2018.
The trial will happen in Might 2021 on the earliest because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As a part of his findings right this moment, the choose discovered that Depp beat Heard 12 of the 14 occasions he was alleged to have been violent in direction of her.
The choose’s discovering is to the civil commonplace, which implies it’s a stability of possibilities, and never the felony commonplace, which might imply it had been discovered to be past cheap doubt.
The primary incident, the choose discovered, was in 2013 when Depp slapped Heard after she made a remark about his tattoo.
He had had a tattoo which learn “Winona Eternally”, in reference to his ex Winona Ryder, altered to learn “Wino Eternally”.
The choose dismissed two allegations that have been made by Heard of alleged incidents in 2014 and 2015, however stated that he could not conclude she had been “untruthful” about it.
Depp has introduced he shall be interesting Mr Justice Nicol’s discovering.
Jenny Afia of regulation agency Schillings, which represented Depp within the case, stated in a press release: “This choice is as perverse as it’s bewildering.
“Most troubling is the choose’s reliance on the testimony of Amber Heard, and corresponding disregard of the mountain of counter-evidence from cops, medical practitioners, her personal former assistant, different unchallenged witnesses and an array of documentary proof which utterly undermined the allegations, level by level. All of this was missed.”
The 12 beating allegations that the choose discovered confirmed
Depp slapped Heard and knocked her to the bottom after she made a joke about his “Wino Eternally” tattoo.
Depp flew right into a rage whereas excessive on medicine and hit Heard, making her lip bleed.
Depp attacked Heard inside a trailer in Hicksville, ripping her gown and throwing glasses at her.
Depp screamed at Heard whereas they have been on a non-public jet after he had consumed medicine and alcohol. He kicked her within the again or bum.
Depp grabs Heard by the hair, slaps her and pushes her to the bottom whereas on a detox journey within the Bahamas.
Depp assaults Heard whereas on medicine, slapping her and pushing her to the bottom. She cried as he stood over her yelling.
Depp launched three-day assault on Heard in Australia. She’s left with a cut up lip, swollen nostril and cuts throughout her physique. He trashed the home and pushed her to the bottom, choking her and spitting in her face. He made her “worry for her life”.
At their LA house, Depp grabbed Heard in entrance of her sister Whitney and repeatedly hit her.
Depp pushed Heard towards the wall and grabbed her by her throat throughout their honeymoon.
Depp threw a glass decanter at Heard throughout a drug binge at their LA house. He additionally slapped her and dragged her by means of their condominium by her hair, ripping a piece of it out. Depp hit Heard behind the pinnacle and headbutted her within the face earlier than screaming ‘I’ll f***ing kill you’. Depp pushed her face right into a mattress and repeatedly punched her behind the pinnacle.
Depp assaulted Heard at her celebration after receiving “grim information” about his funds.
Depp threw a telephone at Heard, injuring her eye, and pulled her hair and struck her.