Johnny Depp was refused permission to appeal against the High Court ruling of his libel claim. 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 had until the 7 December 2020 to apply directly to the Court of Appeal.
Mr Depp was ordered to make an initial payment to News Group Newspapers of almost £630,000 for its legal fees.
It has since been reported that Johnny Depp has applied directly to the Court of Appeal prior to the 7 December 2020 deadline. It is currently unclear as to what the grounds for appeal are.
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