Johnny Depp likely to lose legal battle against Amber Heard

Lawrence Kim
June 30, 2020

Amber Heard had "extramarital affairs" with Elon Musk, the Tesla founder, and the actor James Franco, lawyers for her ex-husband Johnny Depp claimed in court yesterday.

The couple settled their divorce out of court in 2017, with Ms Heard donating her seven million United States dollars (£5.5 million) settlement to charity.

Depp sued Heard and the newspaper in 2019 and 2020 respectively for defamation.

The libel claim against NGN and Mr Wootton arises out of publication of an article in The Sun in April 2018, under the headline: "Gone Potty - How can JK Rowling be 'genuinely happy" casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp is likely to lose a legal battle against a British tabloid after United Kingdom judge's ruling that he breached a court order.

Depp is awaiting a decision on whether his libel claim against The Sun over allegations he was violent towards Heard will go ahead next week.

His attorney, David Sherborne, argued that the texts did not relate to the allegations of violence, and so were not relevant to the case.

Between late February and early March 2015, shortly before "a three-day ordeal of physical assaults", according to Heard, the actor was allegedly taking MDMA (ecstasy) and drinking heavily.

On Monday, the judge ruled that Depp had breached the disclosure order. However, he did not immediately throw out the case.

The court has heard that Mr Depp intends to travel from his home in France to London to give evidence, while Ms Heard is believed to have already travelled to the United Kingdom from California.

The actor and musician will travel from his home in France to London to give evidence when the trial begins next month, should it go ahead, while Heard, who received $7 million when they settled their divorce in 2017, is already believed to be in the United Kingdom.

In addition to the alleged incident in Australia, The Sun's defense team will refer to 13 separate allegations of domestic violence incidents between early 2013 and May 2016.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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