Justice Andrew Nicol, after the 16-day trial in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, sided with the Sun on Monday, per Washington Post.
True To A Great Extent
The British tabloid labeled Johnny Depp as a wife-beater in an April 2018 article.
As a result, 57-year-old Depp sued News Group Newspapers, the Sun tabloid publisher, and Dan Wootton, executive editor, over the article.
Justice Nicol handled the libel case and said that the Sun proved its article to be “substantially true.”
The article originally had a headline, Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?
Now, it runs with Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film after assault claim?
The article mostly slammed JK Rowling for her decision to cast the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.
The article also urged Rowling to remove Depp from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie series.
Not A Gold Digger
Judge Nicol further said he rejected Depp’s characterization of Amber Heard, his ex-wife, as a gold-digger, according to the Guardian.
Nicol emphasized that Heard’s “donation of $7m to charity” did not exactly fit the mold of a “gold-digger.”
No Efforts Will Be Spared
In his conclusion, Nicol quoted an email sent by Depp in August 2016, which indicated the actor’s true feelings towards his ex-wife.
Depp emailed that he has “no mercy, no fear and not an ounce of emotion” or what he previously thought was “love.”
The actor hoped that “karma kicks in” and picks “the gift of breath from” Heard.
Depp also wrote, “NOW I will stop at nothing!!!” according to the Guardian.
The Sun Will Not Be Stifled
After the court ruling, the publisher issued a statement without delay, per the Guardian.
For over two decades, the Sun has “stood up” and lobbied for “domestic abuse” victims who “must never be silenced.”
The Sun is also grateful for the judge’s “careful consideration.”
In addition, the Sun also thanked Amber Heard for her “courage” in providing “evidence.”
Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, Heard’s US lawyer, said that the decision did not surprise her and the others present at the trial.
Ridiculous, A Lot Was Overlooked
Jenny Afia said that Nicol’s “decision is “perverse” as well as “bewildering,” the Guardian reported.
Jenny Afia, the solicitor at Schillings, represented Depp.
Most troubling is the judge’s reliance on the testimony of Amber Heard,
Afia said that the judge relied too much on Heard’s “testimony.”
On the other hand, he “overlooked” the counter-evidence.
The judge disregarded Police officers, medical practitioners, Heard’s former assistant, and other witnesses who testified.
“The judgment is so flawed,” and it’s “ridiculous” if Mr. Depp will not make an “appeal” to this decision.
Depp’s exes, Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis, also testified and vouched for Johnny Depp during the trial.