Lawyers summing up at Depp's libel trial against UK tabloid
Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court for a hearing in his libel case, in London, Friday, July 24, 2020. The Sun's defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard of Depp's violence. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)LONDON Lawyers began their closing arguments Monday at Johnny Depps libel case against a British tabloid that accused him of abusing ex-wife Amber Heard a high-stakes celebrity trial in which the reputations of both former spouses are at stake. The former spouses have both been in court during three weeks of testimony at the grand neo-Gothic court building. The case is due to end Tuesday, but judge Andrew Nicol is not expected to deliver his ruling for several weeks.
US MeToo activist says Sun misquoted her in Depp abuse story
The Sun's defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by his ex-wife Amber Heard of Depp's violence. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON A #MeToo activist said in a court document released Friday that she was misquoted and misused by a British tabloid newspaper in an article that accused Johnny Depp of physically abusing his ex-wife, Amber Heard. I was not going public on behalf of #MeToo or myself, to criticize J.K. Rowlings decision to cast Mr. Depp, nor did I accuse Mr. Depp of hurting Amber Heard, about which I have no first-hand knowledge.Kendall also said she had heard several times that Heard was abusive to Depp. Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met on the set of the 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Romero said a friend of his was a big fan of Mr Depp and he was concerned about him not being able to play the guitar.
Paradis, Ryder no longer appearing at Depp's libel case
Actor Johnny Depp, centre, is surrounded by fans as he arrives at the High Court in London, Thursday, July 16, 2020. The Suns defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by his ex-wife Amber Heard of Depps violence. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON Johnny Depps former partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder will no longer be appearing as witnesses in the stars libel suit against a British tabloid newspaper that accused him of assaulting ex-wife Amber Heard, a lawyer said Thursday. Paradis and Ryder had been scheduled to testify as witnesses on Depps behalf in the U.K. High Court case. Depps lawyer, David Sherborne, said Thursday that he no longer needed to call them because The Sun does not contest Depps claim that he never hit them.
Hollywood comes to UK High Court as Depp takes on The Sun
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, actor Johnny Depp arrives for the screening of the film Minamata during the 70th International Film Festival, Berlinale in Berlin, Germany. Heard alleges that Depp subjected her to a three-day ordeal of physical assaults while they were in the country after drinking and taking drugs. Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for allegedly defaming him in a Washington Post article about domestic abuse. Last week, judge Andrew Nicol ruled that Depp had breached the court order, but said it would not be just to throw out the actors claim. They argued that her testimony would be more reliable if she weren't present in court when Depp was being cross-examined.
UK judge says Amber Heard can be in court for Depp testimony
LONDON Johnny Depp's lawyers have failed to stop the American actor's ex-wife, Amber Heard, from attending his libel trial against the British tabloid newspaper The Sun until she is called to give evidence. In a court order published on Saturday, trial judge Andrew Nicol said that excluding Heard from the London courtroom before she testifies in the case would inhibit the defendants in the conduct of their defense." Depp, 57, is suing The Suns publisher, News Group Newspapers, and Executive Editor Dan Wootton over a 2018 article claiming the actor was violent and abusive to Heard. Depp's lawyers had asked the judge to keep Heard from attending the trial until the 34-year-old actress and model appears to give evidence, arguing that her testimony would be more reliable if she were not present in court when Depp was being cross-examined. The judge noted it is News Group and Wootton, and not Heard, that are defending the claim, while conceding they will be relying heavily on what Heard says.
Tabloid's lawyers seek to get Johnny Depp lawsuit thrown out
LONDON Lawyers for British tabloid The Sun urged a U.K. judge on Thursday to throw out Johnny Depps libel claim against the paper because the film star allegedly failed to disclose evidence relating to his drug use. Depp is suing the newspapers publisher, News Group Newspapers, and Executive Editor Dan Wootton over a 2018 article claiming the actor was violent and abusive to his ex-wife Amber Heard. Each accuses the other of being abusive, and Depp is also suing Heard for libel in the United States. Depp and Heard are both expected to give evidence in person at the London trial, which was postponed from March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Witnesses could include Depps ex-partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder, who have both submitted statements supporting the Pirates of the Caribbean star.