Johnny Depp has misplaced his libel case in opposition to Information Group Newspaper after claiming The Solar had falsely labelled him a “spouse beater”.
The actor denied every part, however right this moment a choose has dominated within the newspaper’s favour.
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 mentioned: “The claimant has not succeeded in his motion for libel.
“Though he has proved the required parts of his reason behind motion in libel, the defendants have proven that what they revealed 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 issues which the claimant submitted I ought to bear in mind.”
US Counsel for Amber Heard, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, launched a press release, saying: “For these of us current for the London Excessive Court docket trial, this determination and Judgment should not a shock.
“Very quickly, we might 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.”
It comes after an explosive three-week trial at London’s Excessive Court docket earlier this yr.
It was the largest English libel trial of the 21st century and was watched by folks all over the world.
Depp, 57, sued NGN for libel over a narrative revealed in The Solar in 2018 which branded him a “spouse beater” – an allegation he strenuously denies.
Depp spent three days giving proof, whereas his ex-wife Heard, 34, was within the witness field for 4 days.
The courtroom additionally heard from a number of of Depp’s former staff, together with his assistant Stephen Dueters, Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez and her performing coach Kristina Sexton, amongst others.
In the course of the trial Depp denied he’d ever been violent in direction of Amber and claimed she’d been abusive in direction of him throughout their relationship.
The courtroom heard allegations of violence from either side, in addition to grim testimony a few poo being left within the marital mattress, a scene of destruction on the former couple’s rented house in Australia and Depp’s severed finger.
Here is a glance again on the most explosive moments from the trial…
Presumably essentially the most shocking and stomach-churning second of the 15-day trial got here when Depp ended his marriage to Heard after discovering a poo in his mattress.
The Edward Scissorhands star claimed Heard and her pals had left a pile of excrement within the marital mattress after her 30th birthday celebration at their Los Angeles house in April 2016.
He mentioned he was so disgusted by the incident, he resolved to finish the wedding that day.
In his witness assertion, Depp claimed: “I perceive that the next morning [after the party] Ms Heard (or presumably considered one of her pals) defecated in our shared mattress…
“I resolved to divorce Ms Heard on that day.”
Throughout her testimony, Heard was requested if she was the one who pooed within the mattress and she or he replied: “I didn’t. It is completely disgusting. That is appalling. No.”
She blamed the poo on the couple’s teacup Yorkshire terriers, however Depp had beforehand insisted the animals had been too small to leap onto the mattress or to go away such a big deposit there.
The courtroom heard the actor even demanded a DNA take a look at to show the faeces was human.
Considered one of Heard’s pals, iO Tillet Wright, later advised the courtroom he did not suppose the actress might have been liable for the poo as a result of she’s “faecal phobic”.
In the course of the trial, the courtroom was proven photos of the poo that was discovered within the mattress.
Heard claimed Depp was so enraged by the poo that he threw a telephone at her and it struck her within the face.
Depp denied throwing the telephone at his then-wife.
Home of horrors
Depp and Heard jetted to Australia in March 2015 so he might begin working filming one of many Pirates of the Caribbean motion pictures.
The pair grew to become embroiled in a livid argument on the rented house they had been sharing, and the courtroom heard the home was left with $150,000 harm.
In her testimony, Heard claimed she got here again to the home and located meals smeared all around the home, a stay hen indoors, damaged glass all over the place and blood dripping down the partitions.
She additionally claimed Depp had tried to set fireplace to the couch, smashed the TV and urinated on the furnishings.
Heard advised the courtroom: “There was mashed potato and gravy smeared on the door outdoors.
“There was a hen in the home… It scared me to loss of life after I entered the room. It should have flown within the window. There was blood all over the place…”
Heard mentioned there was writing “all the way in which down the steps and stairwell” and there was “blood on the partitions, on lampshades and all over the place with written messages”.
Depp admitted scrawling messages in his personal blood all through the home, which was described as wanting like a scene from horror film The Shining by Heard’s sister Whitney in her witness assertion.
Throughout her testimony, Heard additionally claimed that Depp threw 30 bottles at he “like grenades” and she or he was left with cuts on her arms and toes.
The actor denied being violent in direction of Heard, and insisted she was the one who attacked him.
In the course of the journey to Australia, Depp was left with a severed finger which wanted hospital remedy and surgical procedure after he returned to Los Angeles.
The courtroom was proven gory photos of the damage, which he claimed had been attributable to Heard throwing a glass bottle at him throughout a row.
The actress denied she was liable for the damage, and advised the courtroom Depp had severed the digit himself by smashing a plastic telephone repeatedly in opposition to a wall.
In his witness assertion, which was offered to the courtroom, Depp claimed: “Ms Heard threw that bottle at me as arduous as she might from a reasonably quick distance.
“The bottle smashed in opposition to my hand, which was resting on the marble prime of the bar, severing the highest of my finger and fracturing a number of bones.”
Heard alleged he picked up a wall telephone and he “hit it repeatedly over and again and again on the wall.
She advised the courtroom: “I watched as this telephone was simply disappearing in entrance of my very own eyes.
“It was breaking off in shreds. That telephone – it simply disappeared. I did not know he had severed his finger.”
Heard advised the courtroom she did not realise that was the time when he minimize his finger, however she when she believes it occurred.
One of the crucial hotly-disputed incidents introduced up throughout the trial was an incident that allegedly occurred on a personal jet from Boston to Los Angeles in 2014.
Heard alleged Depp referred to as her a “whore”, kicked her within the again after which laughed when she cried.
An electronic mail written by the actress, however was by no means despatched, was learn out in courtroom during which she detailed the allegations in opposition to her husband.
Heard wrote: “The person I really like and need to marry referred to as me a humiliation and a whore, amongst different issues, in entrance of a aircraft full of people that did NOTHING earlier than kicking me – kicking me within the again after which mocked me for crying about it instantly after.”
Depp denied kicking Heard on the aircraft, whereas his assistant Stephen Dueters additionally testified that regardless of being seated near the couple, he didn’t see any alleged kick.
A collection of textual content messages had been learn out in courtroom which had been despatched between Dueters and Heard a day after the aircraft journey.
In a single message despatched by Deuters, he wrote: “He [Depp] was appalled. After I advised him he kicked you, he cried.”
One other added: “It was disgusting. And he is aware of it.”
In the course of the trial, the courtroom heard claims that Depp had accused Heard of dishonest on him with quite a few well-known males, together with actor James Franco and tech mogul Elon Musk.
In the course of the trial, the courtroom was proven CCTV footage that confirmed Heard and Franco getting out of a elevate as they headed to the condo she shared with Depp on 22 Might 2016.
The Franco claims had been mentioned to have been the set off for the argument on the non-public jet, with Depp telling the courtroom he did not keep in mind the topic being introduced up.
The actor added: “I suspected she was having an affair with JF and it is subsequently has been confirmed she was.”
He then clarified: “I would been advised she was.”
The courtroom heard Depp had a listing of nicknames for the lads he accused Heard of getting affairs with.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor had names for quite a few stars, together with Leonardo DiCaprio, who was “pumpkin-head”, Channing Tatum (potato-head) and “Jim Turd Sturgess”.
Heard denied she’d cheated on her husband, and insisted her romance with Musk didn’t begin till after she’d filed for divorce in Might 2016.
‘I’ll f**ok her burnt corpse’
In the course of the trial a collection of disturbing texts between the actor and his pal Paul Bettany in 2014 had been learn out.
One textual content from Bettany, referred to as Heard a “witch” and steered they need to burn her.
Depp’s message responded: “Let’s drown her earlier than burning her. I’ll f**ok her burnt corpse afterwards to ensure she is lifeless.”
Depp responded, telling the courtroom that Bettany and Heard “had their variations and didn’t like one another very a lot”.
Heard later advised the courtroom Depp had threatened to “f**ok her corpse” throughout a row in Australia in 2015.
She referred to as it a “three day hostage state of affairs” and alleged Depp shoved her in opposition to the fridge, threatening to “crush her neck”, earlier than choking and spitting at her.
She alleged when she tried to flee he grabbed her by the hair earlier than throwing her on a ping pong desk after which grabbing her by the neck.
Heard claimed: “He was screaming at me, again and again, ‘You ruined my life, I hate you, I’ll f**king kill you and I am going to f**ok your corpse.'”
Depp denied being violent in direction of Heard throughout the Australia journey and claimed she was the one who attacked him.
Heard advised the courtroom she was “smothered”, “slapped” and “suffocated” within the “most violent night time” of her relationship with Depp.
She claimed he attacked her on the night time of their Thanksgiving bash at their Los Angeles house on November 26 2015.
In her testimony, Heard alleged Depp as excessive on cocaine when he violently attacked her.
She advised the courtroom: “We bought right into a battle on Thanksgiving, the place Johnny ripped my shirt and threw me throughout the room. He threw a wine glass and a heavy glass decanter at me, which fortunately each missed me.”
She alleged Depp slapped her, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her from room-to-room of their condo.
Heard went on to allege he headbutted her, grabbed her by the throat, pushed her face down right into a mattress, smothered her, pulled out extra hair and put his knee on her again as he suffocated her with such power the mattress broke.
Depp denied being violent in direction of Heard on the night time of the celebration.
Headbutt claims and the James Corden present
Heard alleged she was left with two black eyes, a damaged nostril and had pus oozing from wounds on her scalp after Depp allegedly pulled her hair and headbutted her throughout a row at their house in Los Angeles on December 15 in 2015.
She appeared on James Corden’s US TV present the day after the alleged assault and mentioned none of her accidents had been seen as a result of they had been coated with make-up.
A video of her look on the present was performed in courtroom and Heard insisted she’d “caked herself” in make-up to cover “tons of accidents.
Eleanor Legal guidelines QC, for Depp, requested Heard: “That is what you seemed like on the present. There isn’t a signal of you having any accidents.”
Heard replied: “I’ve tons of accidents.”
Ms Legal guidelines then mentioned, “You do not have a cut up lip”, and Heard replied, “In fact I do,” including she “caked on crimson lipstick” and “caked on make-up” to cowl her accidents.
Depp has beforehand admitted headbutting Heard throughout the row, however insisted it was an accident. He is denied being violent in direction of his spouse throughout the argument.
Throughout her testimony, Heard let slip a stunning declare as she advised the courtroom she’d heard Depp has pushed his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss down the steps.
Throughout questioning, Heard was requested a few heated row with Depp at their house in Los Angeles in March 2015.
Heard’s sister Whitney was there as they argued on a touchdown between two staircases, and the actress advised the courtroom she punched Depp to defend her sibling.
She went on to advised the courtroom she behaved this fashion as a result of she’d her “a hearsay” that Depp had “pushed” his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss “down the steps.”
Heard mentioned: “I heard the hearsay he pushed an ex-girlfriend down the steps – I believe it was Kate Moss – and that was contemporary in my thoughts… So I reacted rapidly.
“I’ve been Johnny’s punching bag for years… And I keep in mind this because it was the primary incident after I ever struck him again.”
Depp dated Moss from 1994 till 1998. He has but to touch upon the allegation made by Heard.
In the course of the trial, Depp was accused of dangling one of many former couple’s pet canine, Pistol, out of the window of a transferring automotive following a cocaine binge.
In her witness assertion, Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez alleged the actress cried and begged him to cease as he laughed “this terrible, evil snigger”.
She acknowledged: “He abruptly held Pistol – Amber’s canine – out the window. I keep in mind freezing as a result of he was so f****d up and if Pistol had wriggled, he would have dropped her and that may have been it.
“I keep in mind Amber was crying saying, ‘please child, please let me have Pistol’.
“Johnny was laughing this terrible, evil snigger and was shouting and teasing her about dropping her canine out the window. Amber was pleading with him, and by some means managed to get the canine again.”
Throughout his time within the witness field, Depp denied he’d held the canine out of the automotive window however admitted he’d made a sick joke about placing the creature in a microwave.
Depp advised the courtroom: “That type of humour was a operating joke between myself Ms Heard, her household as a result of they [the dogs] are so ludicrously tiny.
“I wasn’t the inventor of that joke. I wasn’t the one one who introduced issues like that up.”
The trial heard claims of Depp’s drug use and ingesting binges. The actor was accused of utilizing medicine together with cocaine, MDMA, ecstasy, oxycontin and marijuana, and he described his makes an attempt to get sober.
He claimed he writhed in agony and “sobbed like a toddler” as he went via detox on his non-public island within the Bahamas.
One image present in courtroom confirmed Depp slumped on the ground of a lodge room.
Sasha Wass QC, for NGN, advised the courtroom he had “handed out” however the actor insisted he was “sleeping, not handed out”.
One other image proven featured traces of white powder on a marble work prime subsequent to a bank card with Depp’s title on.
Depp was questioned in regards to the image, with Ms Wass saying: “If I had been to say to you these had been traces of your cocaine?”
The actor responded: “In the event that they had been mine I might marvel why they’d been photographed.”
One other image confirmed traces of white powder alongside a field with the actor’s initials on, drinks, a bank card and a tampon applicator.
Whitney Henriquez was requested in regards to the picture, taken in March 2013, and she or he claimed she had given Depp a tampon applicator so he might use it to take cocaine.
She added: “He was fairly keen on that trick.”
Depp’s assistant Deuters, who has labored for the actor for 16 years, additionally spoke about his boss’ drug use.
Throughout his testimony, Deuters admitted he had helped Depp get managed medicine however for the primary eight years of his employment – he had by no means seen him take something.
He mentioned Depp took marijuana which was authorized in California. The actor was a registered consumer and will purchase it legally.
He mentioned Depp had taken cocaine but it surely was a “uncommon prevalence”.
Deuters mentioned Depp did drink alcohol however “didn’t get drunk”, including: “It was nearly outstanding. He had a really robust structure.”
One other image present in courtroom, confirmed Depp slumped unconscious on a settee after falling asleep whereas consuming a bathtub of ice cream.
The desert had toppled over and melted throughout his garments.
Depp mentioned when Heard confirmed him the image she mentioned: “Have a look at what you have turn out to be. It is pathetic.”
Throughout his testimony, Depp claimed he was left broke after dropping his whole $650 million film fortune and wracking up $100 million in debt.
Depp revealed he misplaced his whole earnings from the profitable Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and was left $100 million in debt because of spiralling tax payments.
Th film star mentioned he discovered the dangerous information shortly earlier than Heard’s 30th birthday celebration on April 21 2016.
He had a gathering at which he claimed found his former enterprise managers had value him an enormous amount of cash.
The actor’s lawyer, David Sherborne requested: “Can I ask how a lot?”
Depp replied: “It was put to me this fashion. It was put to me since Pirates II and III I had made – and it appears a daft quantity – $650 million.
“After I fired them for the appropriate causes I had not solely misplaced the $650 million however I used to be $100 million within the gap as a result of they’d not paid the federal government my taxes for 17 years.
“It was a foul assembly.”
He went on to say Heard had attacked him after he turned up at her celebration in a foul temper following the assembly.
Depp mentioned she attacked him swinging “haymakers” at him whereas he was sitting in mattress studying a ebook.
Requested what a “haymaker” was, he relied: “It is a bit of a wild swing however efficient if it reaches the goal.”
Nonetheless, he denied he’d been violent in direction of Heard.
Scratched and bruised face
Photos of Depp with scratches and bruises on his face had been proven to the courtroom throughout testimony of his former bodyguard Sean Bett.
Bett advised the courtroom he had by no means seen Depp being violent in direction of his spouse, and was proven an image, mentioned to have been taken in March 2015.
Heard admitted putting the star throughout a row in March 2015 – claiming she was defending her sister.
One other image, mentioned to have been taken in December 2015, confirmed the actor with crimson marks on his face.
When requested about the reason for the accidents, Bett mentioned: “Mr Depp advised me Ms Heard had slapped him around the face just a few occasions”.
In the course of the trial, the courtroom heard how Depp had taken exception to 2 photos Heard had hung of their house which had been by her former associate, artist Taysa van Ree.
An image taken by Depp in 2014, and proven in courtroom, confirmed he’d scrawled on the glass body of 1 image altering Ms Van Ree’s signature to Taysa van Pee.
The courtroom heard Depp texted Heard’s sister Whitney about what he’d carried out and despatched her an image of the harm.
Whitney replied saying: “Properly carried out, my pal, nicely carried out. The van Pee portray earns you 20 factors in my ebook.”
Depp then replied: “Cannot stand that f***ing hovering vulture.”
“She’s the worst. Did sis [Heard] discover the van Pee but?” Whitney replied and Depp texted again: “Oh sure, she laughed her a*** off.”
Heard advised the courtroom Depp had requested her to take away the image in addition to one other portray by her ex, which she claimed he’d attempt to set on fireplace.
She mentioned there was minimal harm to the paintings as Depp had been “too inebriated” .
Heard advised the courtroom she was left coated in blood after Depp “popped her tooth” and cut up her lip in a row over claims she had affairs with two males.
She alleged he hit her within the face in a battle in March 2013 which she known as the “disco massacre”.
The actress advised the courtroom she was left coated in blood, which additionally spattered onto the wall and throughout the kitchen.
“Again then it was simply slaps or backhands, and on the time it was a shock… I felt his rings hit my mouth, my tooth…
“All I can inform you is Johnny wore these rings… He backhanded me… We bought into an argument as a result of he mentioned I would had affairs with two folks I by no means had an affair with”.
She claimed the incident occurred on Eight March 2013 – not 22 March which had beforehand been cited because the date of the “disco massacre”.
The choose, Mr Justice Nicol, requested for an evidence of the time period “disco massacre” and Heard replied: “He hit me, and cut up my lip, blood went on the wall and on my shirt”.
The actress advised the courtroom Depp began utilizing the phrase in reference to the row, and it’s the title of a ebook.
Depp has denied hitting Heard.
In the course of the trial, Heard claimed Depp had threatened to kill her many occasions and she or he’d feared for her life on a number of occassions.
In her witness assertion Heard, 34, mentioned Depp advised her “loss of life was the one approach out” of their marriage and he threatened her life.
Heard mentioned: “Some incidents had been so extreme that I used to be afraid he was going to kill me, both deliberately or simply by dropping management and going too far.
“He explicitly threatened to kill me many occasions, particularly later in our relationship.”
Heard claimed Depp advised her he would kill her if she ever tried to go away him.
She added: “[H]e talked about our relationship being ‘lifeless or alive’ and telling me that loss of life was the one approach out of the connection; the way in which he would describe what he needed to do to me if I left him or damage him.
“(For instance, carving my face up so nobody else would need me); and in his language in direction of others who he didn’t like or was threatened by (detailing how he needed to have somebody tortured or how low cost and simple it might be to have somebody knocked off).”
Depp has denied being violent in direction of his ex-wife.
Depp’s former associate Vanessa Paradis had been because of take to the witness stand, however her testimony was cancelled together with that of his ex-girlfriend Winona Ryder.
The courtroom launched Paradis’ witness assertion during which she defended her former associate, who’s the daddy of her two kids.
She mentioned: “I’ve identified Johnny for 25 years. We’ve been companions for 14 years and we raised our two kids collectively.
“By way of all these years I’ve identified Johnny to be a form, attentive, beneficiant and non-violent individual and father…
“I’m conscious of the allegations which Amber Heard has publicly accused Johnny of for greater than 4 years now.
“That is nothing just like the true Johnny I’ve identified, and from my private expertise of a few years, I can say he was by no means violent or abusive to me.
“I’ve seen that these outrageous statements have been actually distressing and in addition triggered harm to his profession as a result of sadly folks have gone on believing these false details…”
Ryder additionally defended Depp in her witness assertion, slamming the “horrific” abuse claims and hinting Heard is “liar”.
The actress, 48, insisted her relationship with Depp within the 1990s was “wildly completely different” to his marriage to Heard, including: “I don’t need to name anybody a liar however from my expertise of Johnny, it’s inconceivable to consider that such horrific allegations are true.
“I discover it extraordinarily upsetting figuring out him as I do.”
Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez was sensationally accused of mendacity in courtroom when she mentioned the actress had by no means been violent in direction of her after a bombshell video emerged.
Henriquez was requested whether or not her sibling had ever been violent in direction of her or proven an inclination for violence and she or he answered no.
Depp’s lawyer David Sherborne later offered a video, which was performed in courtroom, which confirmed a bunch of ladies chatting by a swimming pool.
Within the video, mentioned to have been filmed in 2006 or 2007 as a part of a actuality TV undertaking, the ladies are analyzing what seem like marks on Henriquez’s face and physique and sympathising together with her.
One of many girls questioned Henriquez about Heard “beating her up”.
The lady mentioned: “I am unable to consider Amber beat your ass. I do know you might beat her ass” and Henriquez says a number of occasions: “I am not speaking about it.”
The lady went on to say: “She actually did whip your butt.”
Sherborne mentioned Henriquez had lied to help her sister.
Henriquez then returned to the witness field to be questioned in regards to the video and she or he denied there was a “bodily battle” between the sisters.
She advised the courtroom: “They had been making an attempt to make a story that wasn’t there. Attempting to make a extremely, actually boring dialog extra attention-grabbing…
“It was a extremely dangerous actuality present. We had been referencing a verbal argument me and my sister bought into the night time earlier than.
“It was nothing apart from a verbal argument.”
‘Now I can punch her within the face and nobody can do something about it’
The final witness to offer proof was Heard’s pal iO Tillet Wright, who claimed Depp made a chilling joke on the day of his wedding ceremony to the actress.
The couple tied the knot within the Bahamas in in February 2015, with Tillet Wright performing as Heard’s finest man.
He claims after the ceremony, Depp made a joke about punching his new spouse.
Tillet Wright advised the courtroom: “The very first thing Johnny mentioned to me after the ceremony, as we walked to the reception, was ‘Now I can punch her within the face and nobody can do something about it’.
“He in all probability supposed it as a joke, however it’s only a joke if it’s not actual – and by then I knew he was hitting her.”