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Johnny Depp denied defamation appeal by High Court

The judge who dismissed Johnny Depp’s libel claim earlier this month against News Group Newspapers (The Sun) has refused Mr Depp permission to appeal against the High Court ruling.

In judgement on 2 November 2020, Mr Justice Nicol said, “I have found that the great majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp have been proved to the civil standard”. “The exceptions are Incidents 6, 11”. So, it was held that 12 out of the 14 incidents were proved to be ‘substantially true’ to the civil standard.

Mr Justice Nicol said that an appeal did not have a “reasonable prospect of success”. However, Mr Depp has until the 7 December 2020 to apply directly to the Court of Appeal.

Mr Depp has been ordered to make an initial payment to News Group Newspapers of almost £630,000 for its legal fees.

Since losing the case Mr Depp has left his role as Gellert Grindlewald in the Warner Brothers franchise, “Fantastic Beasts”. It was reported that Mr Depp was asked to resign.

The recent celebrity defamation cases have brought this area of law to the front pages of the press. It shows how important it is to pause before you post. Never post in anger, sleep on it first to consider the possible implications on such a post. You should not unnecessarily risk having another bringing a claim against you or your business for alleged defamation. At Lawdit we can assist you with defamation whether you are alleging defamation, or another has accused you of defamation.

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