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Johnny Depp can’t stand the truth. The actor was denied a defamation complaint in his case in the UK The sun publisher, News Group Newspapers, according to Deadline. Depp tried to overturn the 2020 verdict that the tabloid accurately called him “the wife who hits”. After a high-profile three-week trial, the verdict ruled that the label was “basically true” regarding his relationship with his ex-wife Amber Heard. The verdict was now upheld by the United Kingdom Court of Appeals, which said, “the appeal has no real chance of success” and that “there is no other necessary reason to be heard.” Appeals Judges Lord Justice James Dingemans and Lord Justice Nicholas Underhill explained their decision in a 14-page document relating to Depp’s representation defense, including allegations that Heard deceived the original judge by saying she had donated a $ 7 million divorce payment. Earlier this year, her lawyers told Deadline that donations were “delayed” due to legal fees. During the appeal, they objected, saying the information was available to Depp’s team before the original trial.
Following the outcome of the trial, the 57-year-old actor dropped out of Warner Bros. ‘ Fantastic beasts franchise and replaced by Mads Mikkelsen. A Heard spokeswoman told Deadline she was “satisfied but by no means surprised” by the outcome of the appeal. “The evidence adduced in the UK case was irresistible and undeniable,” her representation added. “To reiterate, the original verdict was that Mr. Depp committed domestic violence against Amber no less than 12 times and that she remained in fear for her life.” The results in the UK come ahead of his $ 50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard in the United States, which is set to begin on April 11, 2022. The actress herself is leading a $ 100 million counterclaim.