Johnny Depp has won the right to sue Amber Heard durante $50 million libel case after a Virginia judge threw out the actress’s plea to dismiss the suit.
Depp, 58, is trying to clear his name after losing a defamation suit against The Sun after the paper branded him a ‘wife-beater’ amid allegations of domestic abuse.
The Virginia case relates to a 2018 Washington Post op-Ed durante which Heard, 35, wrote about surviving domestic abuse – although she did not name her ex-husband durante the piece.
Depp’s suit, filed durante Fairfax County, Virginia, accuses Heard of creating a ‘hoax’ account of being a domestic violence survivor for the 2018 article.
Heard had requested the libel suit against her, filed durante March 2019, be thrown out, claiming the ruling durante the UK case should swing any new cases durante her favor because they both relate to domestic abuse allegations against Depp.
But Judge Azcarate yesterday ruled the statements made by The Sun and Heard were ‘inherently different’.
Johnny Depp has won the right to sue Amber Heard (pictured together durante November 2011) durante a $50 million libel case after a Virginia judge threw out the actress’s plea to dismiss the suit
The ruling stated: ‘The Sun’s interests were based whether the statements the newspaper published were false. [Heard’s] interests relate to whether the statements she published were false.’
The ruling also noted Depp filed the defamation suit against The Sun before Heard’s op-Ed was published – and that she was not named durante the case against the British paper.
Durante the December 2018 op-Ed, Heard wrote: ‘I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.’
Depp (pictured durante July 2020) lost his suit against The Sun durante November after a judge ruled the paper’s claim the Pirates of the Caribbean actor was a ‘wife-beater’ was ‘substantially true’
Depp’s suit, filed durante Fairfax County, Virginia, accuses Heard (pictured outside the UK High Court durante July 2020) of creating a ‘hoax’ account of being a domestic violence survivor for a 2018 newspaper article
During the trial Heard showed bruises she claimed were inflicted by Depp as he allegedly smashed her iPhone durante her at her LA home durante May 2016
The UK’s High Court ruled against Depp following an explosive three-week trial last July, finding allegations the actor was a ‘wife beater’ was ‘substantially true.’
The judge ruled that Depp assaulted Heard a dozen occasions and put her durante ‘fear of her life’ three times often while and drugs binges, which he said turned the actor into a ‘monster’, durante one of the most high-profile libel clashes of this century.
Lawyers for The Pirates of the Caribbean personaggio had asked two Court of Appeal judges to grant permission for him to challenge the ruling, with the aim of having its findings overturned and a second trial ordered.
They claimed the judge durante Depp’s initial libel trial had not ‘factually’ considered all the allegations of violence against him and that they had ‘fresh evidence’ Heard had ‘lied’ about giving her entire $7million divorce settlement to charity.
They said that the charity claim influenced how her testimony was viewed, but the Court of Appeal ruled that it did not have an impact the judge and that he would have reached the same conclusion Heard being the victim of domestic violence.
Depp lost his role durante Disney movie Fantastic Beasts following the High Court judgment, and the damage to his reputation risks him losing out more roles durante the future.
The High Court libel case heard a string of claims about the nature of Depp’s relationship with his ex-wife Amber Heard, left, and was nicknamed the trial of the century