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Johnny Depp wins right to sue Amber Heard for libel

Disgraced actor Johnny Depp has been granted the inexperienced gentle to press libel expenses in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard regardless of a UK court docket ruling that he was a “wife-beater.”

The 58-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” star appeared out of luck this previous December after shedding a libel swimsuit in opposition to the Sun, which penned a 2018 piece accusing the actor of bodily assaulting Heard, the Times reported. After the multi-week trial, the decide had dominated that the UK publication’s claims have been “substantially true,” after carefully examining 14 domestic incidents that reportedly occurred in the course of the pair’s tumultuous 15-month marriage.

The “Justice League” actress, 35, then tried to use Depp’s authorized loss to invalidate one other defamation case by him regarding a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, wherein Heard claimed to be a sufferer of abuse however didn’t point out her ex by identify, the Times reported. The “Aquaman” star says that the Virginia court docket ought to acknowledge the UK ruling as each instances concerned home violence, in accordance to a report by the Hollywood Reporter.

Johnny Depp can transfer ahead with libel expenses in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard.
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However, on Tuesday, Fairfax County Chief Judge Penney Azcarate denied Heard’s movement, citing the truth that her pursuits weren’t aligned with the Sun’s.

Azcarate wrote specifically that whereas the Sun‘s interests were based on the veracity of the publication’s claims, “[Heard’s] interests relate to whether the statements she [herself] published were false.”

As for whether or not the UK ruling ought to stop Depp from urgent libel expenses, Azcarate decided that Heard was not current on the across-the-pond trial and subsequently the identical guidelines don’t apply, THR reported.

Heard’s lawyer argued on the listening to that rejecting the UK judgment gave the “Donnie Brasco” actor carte blanche to sue any publication that referred to him as a “wife-beater.” Azcarate countered by saying that “upholding English libel judgments in the United States” would create a “dangerous precedent,” because the UK is extra lenient towards defamation plaintiffs.

The court docket date is slated for early 2022. Along with the aforementioned libel allegations, the trial may even look at Heard’s counterclaims that her ex-husband sicced social media bots on her, the Times reported.

The ruling follows one other legal victory by Depp earlier this month in New York, which can pressure a number of charities to disclose whether or not his former betrothed made good on her phrase to donate her $7 million divorce settlement.