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  • Justice Andrew Nicol, who ruled Monday, said that Depp had not succeeded in his action for libel.
  • The Sun newspaper and the executive editor, Dan Wootton, are listed as defendants in the case.
  • Heard, 34, testified as a main witness for the defense, saying Depp turned into a violent alter ego he called “Monster”.

London (SK) — Britain's High Court has ruled against Johnny Depp in his libel action against the owner of the The Sun newspaper. Justice Andrew Nicol, who ruled Monday, said that Depp had “not succeeded in his action for libel”. Although Nicol said Depp “proved the necessary elements of his cause”, the defendants had shown that “what they published in the meaning which I have held the words to bear was substantially true”.

The Sun newspaper and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, are listed as defendants in the case. Amber Heard accused her ex-husband Depp in April 2018 of assaulting her. Heard is also suing Depp for $50 million in Virginia in connection with a Washington Post story about domestic violence. Both Depp and Heard spent several days in the witness box during the three-week trial in July, giving unsurprising accounts of their volatile relationship. Heard, 34, testified as a main witness for the defense, saying Depp turned into a violent alter ego he called “Monster” when under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Amber's assaults took place at the couple's luxury penthouse, Depp's private island in the Bahamas and an airplane. Depp, 57, called the allegations “sick” and a “hoax”.

He claimed Heard was the one to blame. Depp's lawyer David Sherborne called Heard “a wholly unreliable witness and frankly a compulsive liar”. “The reputations of both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are tarnished irrevocably” said Mark Stephens, a media lawyer. “The issues that came up, particularly around gendered presentation of the case, I think that's going to be studied for years to come”.

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