Johnny Depp’s lawyers have told the Court of Appeal that he ‘did not receive a fair trial’ after losing his libel case.
Their appeal come after Johnny Depp lost his libel case against a British newspaper for calling him a “wife-beater,” according to a new report.
The 57-year-old sued the Sun over a column by its executive editor, Dan Wootton, which referred to “overwhelming evidence” that he had attacked Heard, 34, during their relationship and described him as a “wife beater”.
In the initial ruling, last month, Mr Justice Nicol dismissed Depp’s claim, saying the paper’s owner, News Group Newspapers, had proved what was in the article to be “substantially true”.
Johnny Depp’s team claims Justice Nicol ‘failed to undertake any, or an adequate analysis, of Ms Heard’s shifting account, despite the importance of consistency as a consideration of a witness’s testimony’.
According to the actor’s lawyers, Justice Nicol “concluded that the appellant was guilty of serious physical assaults without taking account of or even acknowledging that Ms Heard had been untruthful in her evidence, without testing her account against the documentary evidence and the evidence of other witnesses, and without making any findings that he disbelieved those witnesses.
“His uncritical acceptance of her account of events is manifestly unsafe.”