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by Gary Bowser (2020-11-29)

Hollywood star Johnny Depp will discover next Monday whether he has won his blockbuster libel action against a newspaper which labelled him a 'wife beater'.

The 57-year-old actor, who strenuously denies wrongdoing, sued News Group Newspapers, publishers of The Sun, and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an article in April 2018.

It stated he had been violent towards his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, 34, and questioned his casting in the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them franchise.

Both Pirates of the Caribbean actor Depp and Aquaman star Heard gave evidence before Judge Andrew Nicol during a three-week hearing at London's High Court.

The extraordinary case in July laid bare their tempestuous private lives as the court was told of allegations of serious domestic abuse, drug taking and affairs.

The judgement in the 'Depp v News Group Newspapers Ltd' case will be published online at 10am next Monday and there will be no hearing at court.  

Johnny Depp (left) sued News Group Newspapers over a article from 2018 which stated he had been violent towards his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard (right, both pictured in London in July)

Depp and Heard at the Black Mass premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015

Depp being taken to hospital with a severed finger, following an incident in Australia in March 2015.

If you have any issues concerning the place and how to use At JSBell Law, you can call us at our website. The defence claims Heard was allegedly choked, slapped and cut with broken glass before Depp 'severed his own fingertip' and scrawled messages on walls with his blood

Depp insisted that the only attack on the 2015 trip had been launched by Heard when she hurled a bottle at him and caused the injury which cut off the top of his finger (above)

A photograph allegedly taken by Heard that shows a pint of whisky, four lines of cocaine and his skull and crossbones 'pill box' ready for consumption, in an attempt to show Depp's lifestyle

The trial of his libel claim garnered worldwide attention as it unfolded, with Depp and Heard both attending the hearings which featured days of high drama.


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The court heard evidence over 16 days from both stars, friends and relatives of the couple and several former and current employees.

Depp and Heard gave evidence before Judge Andrew Nicol (above) at London's High Court

These included claims of brutal violence and sensational revelations about their tempestuous relationship. 

Depp spent around 20 hours in the witness box over five days, facing intense questioning about his Hollywood lifestyle, his use of drink and drugs, allegations of violence and his friendships and associations with famous faces including Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and musician Sir Elton John.

In closing arguments, the actor's barrister David Sherborne said Depp's case was about vindication.

He said: 'What is important to Mr Depp is clearing his name of these appalling allegations, expanded on as it has been over the last four years, as a result of which he has lost nothing less than everything, he would say. 

The carnage in a property in Australia after Depp and Heard allegedly had a fight in 2015

Depp admitted doing graffiti on a bathroom mirror after a fight with Heard, which resulted in his finger being severed.

He said that some of it was done with his blood and some with paint

Heard claimed Depp physically abused her one day before she was on The Late, Late Show with James Corden on on December 16, 2015 (above) - and said after her appearance that she 'just did that show with two black eyes'

Heard's make-up artist claimed she had to cover up the actress' facial injuries before she appeared on James Corden's show after Depp allegedly tried to smother her with a pillow

Texts sent by Heard to her mother Paige Heard in March 2013, which were read out in court

'When I say he has lost everything, to him obviously everything is his reputation. This is not about money, this is vindicating him.'