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Johnny Depp has applied to the Court of Appeal in a bid to overturn a damning High Court ruling that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard

Johnny Depp has applied to the Court of Appeal in a bid to overturn a damning High Court ruling that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard

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Johnny Depp has applied to the Court of Appeal in a bid to overturn a damning High Court ruling that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard

Johnny Depp has made an application to the court of appeals in an attempt to clear his name from The Sun labelling him as a “wife beater”.

On November 2, Depp lost his High Court libel action against The Sun newspaper over an article which called him a “wife beater”. The judge in the case, Mr Justice Nicol, gave Depp until December 7 to apply directly to the Court Of Appeal to overturn his judgement.

According to a publicly available list of appeals, Depp has done just that. As of yet, it is still unknown what Depp’s grounds for an appeal are, or when there is likely to be a decision made about it.

Shortly after the case, Depp was asked to resign from the Fantastic Beasts film franchise by Warner Brothers. Actor Mads Mikkelsen is set to replace Depp’s character for the third film in the series, slated to release sometime in the next two years.

In The Sun court case, Justice Nicol found that the newspaper group had proved that the content found in the article was “substantially true”.

“Although he has proved the necessary elements of his cause of action in libel, the defendants have shown that what they published in the meaning which I have held the words to bear was substantially true,” he said.

The court heard evidence from both Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, and Depp himself spent around 20 hours in the witness box over a period of five days.

Ultimately, Justice Nicol found that 12 of the 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence relied on by The Sun did occur. Depp was ordered to make an initial payment of £630,000 to the newspaper to cover their legal fees.

The case also found that Depp put Heard in “fear for her life” on three separate occasions.

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