Johnny Depp was received enthusiastically by fans today when he reached the High Court on the last day of his defamation lawsuit against The Sun, claiming £ 350,000 in damages.
The Pirates of the Caribbean stars missed yesterday's hearing, but were greeted by dozens of fans before the court this morning when they arrived with flowers, gifts and banners read: "Justice for Johnny" and "Abuse has no gender. Men can also be victims. & # 39;
Depp was bundled up by an exuberant crowd by his bodyguards when he arrived at the main entrance in a sharp gray suit and black headscarf.
After making his way to the main steps, he stopped and turned, waved and blew kisses to his fans as he milked the worship.
Around 40 other enthusiastic fans, all women, lined the courtyard's inner hall as Depp walked along, hugged and kissed them, and thanked them for the support as he headed for the start of the day.
Depp was on the high court to hear his lawyer David Sherborne submit his final filing after a lawsuit that packed the showbiz world with sensational details of his marriage to Amber Heard.
The 57-year-old actor is suing News Group Newspapers, Sun editor, and editor-in-chief Dan Wootton for an article from 2018 that he describes as a "thug."
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Johnny Depp was received enthusiastically by the fans today when he reached the High Court on the last day of the defamation process against The Sun.
Amber Heard waves to supporters when she arrives at the High Court this morning as the blockbuster trial in Hollywood comes to an end
Amber Heard and Bianca Butti held hands when they reached the court on the sixteenth day of the high-profile defamation process
The Pirates of the Caribbean stars missed yesterday's hearing, but were greeted by dozens of fans before the court this morning with flowers, gifts, and banners saying "Justice for Johnny" and "Abuse has no gender" when they arrived at the court. Men can also be victims. & # 39;
Johnny Depp vs. The Sun: Key Issues in the High Court Defamation Trial
These are the key questions that the trial judge, Mr. Justice Nicol, has to answer.
– Whether the April 2018 tabloid article Dan Wootton defamed Depp. Under the Defamation Act 2013, a statement is not defamatory, unless its publication seriously harms the applicant's reputation.
– Sun's editor, News Group Newspapers (NGN), defends the claim and relies on a defense of the truth. It is up to the publisher to prove that the claims made in the article are “essentially true”.
– The meaning of the article, defined as what it would mean to the "reasonable reader", must be determined by the judge. However, NGN lawyers say that the differences between the rival meanings claimed by each side are "insignificant" and the outcome of the case will therefore have no meaning.
– Depp's case is that the article meant that, after overwhelming evidence, he was guilty of serious domestic violence against his wife at the time, causing significant injuries, and causing her to fear for her life, for which he was forced to do no less pay as £ 5 million to compensate them and which resulted in him being subjected to an ongoing injunction; and for this reason it is not suitable to work in the film industry. "He vigorously denies the allegations, claiming that he" never beat or committed physical violence against Ms. Heard. "
– The meaning that NGN seeks to prove is that the Claimant hit his wife Amber Heard, causing serious injuries and occasional fear for her life. They rely on 14 different allegations of violence and more generally claim that Depp was "controlled and verbal and physically abusive" to Ms. Heard, especially when he was under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs throughout their relationship. NGN's lawyers say that an important issue for the judge will be what substances Depp used during the relationship. They claim that he has often lost control of himself, in part because of his heavy drug and alcohol use, and that his memory has been affected by his heavy drug use.
– If Depp wins his case, the judge must decide what compensation to pay for the damage to his reputation and for "hardship, injury, and humiliation." There is a defamation limit for common defamation of £ 300,000 to £ 325,000. However, if he succeeds in this, Depp can also claim increased damages. The actor also asked for a definitive injunction against NGN, who according to his legal team "kept the article on their website and kept their allegation to the bitter end".
In a written statement to Judge Nicol, who is expected to announce his judgment in late September, it was alleged that the allegations contained in the article are not true and are "at the heart" of Depp's integrity and who he is as a person.
It says: “The defamation in this case is of the utmost seriousness, which is published to the whole world. It is very important to me who Mr. Depp is as a person. Is he a violent monster that scared his ex-wife for her life, or did she falsely accuse him of the most hideous behavior?
& # 39; The claim could hardly be more serious. The allegation of domestic violence, which seriously injures Ms. Heard and makes her fear her life, is at the heart of Mr. Depp's integrity. & # 39;
The article in the sun had maliciously compared Depp with Harvey Weinstein and included him in the "villain gallery of the perpetrators", which had revealed the #MeToo campaign.
Mr. Justice Nicol was asked to take into account the professional and personal harm inflicted on Depp's reputation, which the Sun lawyers allegedly did not question when he testified.
Mr. Sherborne told the court that Depp was never charged with domestic violence or violence against a woman with whom he had had previous relationships. The court was reminded of the actor's evidence in which he described himself as a "southern gentleman" who never "beats women".
The lawyer added: “He has never beaten a woman in his life; Dot, dot, nada.
"It's not just a matter for the southern gentleman, but also because he (Depp) was subjected to domestic violence by his mother. Not only did he never hit a woman in his life, he was never accused. & # 39;
In a powerful closing speech, Mr. Sherborne questioned Heard's credibility and claimed that her evidence was "postponed" and "inconsistent".
He reminded the court of her testimony that she beat Depp in defense of her sister in March 2015 after hearing the rumor that he pushed Kate Moss down the stairs when he was with her.
Mr. Sherborne described Heard's claim that Depp was violent towards Moss as the "unwritten malice" she had invented two weeks ago when she testified.
He added: “This was a free and completely fictitious reference to Kate Moss. If you want to see the credibility of the witness on whom this case depends so much, it tells you a lot.
"This invention shows that Miss Heard's evidence simply cannot be relied on."
The court was told that Heard and The Sun's lawyers' claims that Depp was a violent man were simply not true.
Mr. Sherborne added: “He is a generous, warm and gentle person. He is a peaceful man. He is not the man Miss Heard and the accused have been trying to portray. & # 39;
He went on to say that the court had heard "very different reports … about what happened between Mr Depp and Ms Heard".
Depp was bundled up by an exuberant crowd by his bodyguards when he arrived at the main entrance in a sharp gray suit and black headscarf
After making his way to the main steps, he stopped and turned, waved and blew kisses to his fans as he milked the worship
The court was informed yesterday that Depp's "deep misogyny" was at the root of his anger, which manifested itself as violence against Heard, as shown today
Depp's alleged violence against Heard "backed by a wealth of evidence," the court hears
Johnny Depp's alleged violence against Amber Heard during a December 2015 night is "backed by a wealth of evidence," the High Court heard yesterday.
Sun lawyer Sasha Wass QC said, “Mr. Depp was drunk and violent. He nudged her head, chased her up the stairs, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her by the hair in PH (Penthouse) four.
"He threw her on the bed and threw herself on her with such force that the bed frame was damaged."
Ms. Wass said that Johnny Depp then went into penthouse three in the kitchen and wrote in gold: “Why be a scam? Everything is bull ***. & # 39;
She said that after this incident, Ms. Heard sent a message to her publicist Jodie Gottlieb that she had "had an accident" and "really hurt and possibly had one or two blue eyes".
Ms. Wass said: "If this were a laborious joke, why would Ms. Heard protect Mr. Depp at this point?
"Because she doesn't tell her publicist that her husband attacked her – which, we suspect, is the truth.
"She pretends that it was an accident and, to avoid doubt, there is no room for accidents in the injuries Ms. Heard suffered because it was not just the head butt … but pulling her hair out in lumps and the damage to her scalp. & # 39;
Ms. Wass said Mr. Depp had admitted as evidence that there may have been a head butt, but it was accidental.
However, the lawyer said there was no way to pull Ms. Heard's hair in a way that was anything but intentional.
He added: "It would be easy to lose focus on why we are all here … why the applicant underwent cross-examination days."
Mr. Sherborne told the court that the article referred to "overwhelming evidence" that Depp was violent of Ms. Heard, and said, "There is a detailed history of domestic abuse incidents, some of which have resulted in their concern Life feared ".
He said: "The charge against Depp is so serious that Mr. Wootton (JK Rowling) is asking to fill someone else in the role."
The lawyer addressed the word "indictment" and described it as "One of the great ironies in this case: there are no charges against Depp.
"This is not a mere accusation – the article leaves no doubt for its millions of readers."
Mr. Sherborne said The Sun and Mr. Wootton "acted as both judges and juries, and the accused clearly state that Depp is guilty of a number of serious and violent crimes."
The court was informed that no evidence was heard "from a single journalist" regarding the article, as Depp's representative sarcastically pointed out the "journalistic excellence" that The Sun wanted to defend.
The lawyer said the article was "not researched at all" and was presented "on purpose and completely one-sided".
The court was informed yesterday that Depp's "deep misogyny" was at the root of his anger, which manifested itself as violence against Heard when reading emails and texts using words such as "whore" and "slut" to to refer to his ex wife and other women.
It was also heard that the Hollywood star's self-description as "Mediterranean gentlemen who respected women" was "completely wrong".
The powerful allegations were made when Sun newspaper representative Sasha Wass QC presented final defense filing in the high-profile defamation case that rocked the showbiz world with sensational revelations about Depp's problematic relationship with the Aquaman actress.
Over the past three weeks, the hearing has heard from Depp, Heard, and 25 other witnesses who gave vivid evidence of their tumultuous relationship and details of Depp's excessive alcohol and drug use.
A large crowd gathered in front of the high court this morning as the Hollywood star went inside to hear the final submissions
Sun lawyer Sasha Wass QC said there is "overwhelming evidence of domestic violence or the beating of women that has been cataloged over a three-year period". Pictured: Amber Heard today
In a written statement to Judge Nicol, who is expected to announce his judgment in late September, it was alleged that the allegations contained in the article are not true and are "at the heart" of Depp's integrity and who he is as a person
Amber Heard wrote a honeymoon diary entry claiming that Johnny Depp tried to strangle her with her own shirt
Johnny Depp reportedly tried to strangle Amber Heard with her own shirt during her honeymoon, according to the actress' diary entry mentioned yesterday in court.
Sasha Wass QC reported the evidence to the London High Court about the couple's honeymoon in July 2015 on a train in Southeast Asia.
When she submitted her final submission on behalf of the Sun newspaper, which Depp is suing after a 2018 article described him as "the woman's thug," she said Heard described an argument in which Depp attacked her have.
She said this contradicts the actor's evidence that he was in no way violent towards his wife.
The lawyer referred to Heard's handwritten diary entry dated July 27, 2015, in which she said the actress gave a "graphic description" of Depp trying to strangle her with her own shirt.
Ms. Wass said although Depp said in his evidence that he was not violent towards Heard, the actor said in an audio recording of the couple in September 2015, when they discussed their relationship, that they had a great time, except that we were in the Train would have been physically & # 39 ;.
She said the conversation was not just about Heard being responsible for all the violence, but that Depp also accepted to be physical, which "was completely lacking in his testimony or evidence in this case."
Ms. Wass said in another part of the conversation, Depp "seems to accept that he is the culprit most of the time" and that he sometimes says "I'm just freaking out".
The lawyer said, "This is exactly what this is about. Mr. Depp freaks out after taking too many illegal drugs and drinking too much alcohol."
While Depp was absent yesterday, Heard was there and was portrayed smiling alongside girlfriend Bianca Butti before waving to fans in front of the Royal Courts of Justice.
Ms. Wass said there was "overwhelming evidence of domestic violence or the beating of women that was cataloged over a three-year period."
She said Depp was "a hopeless addict who repeatedly lost his self-control and ability to contain his anger."
"Penetrating all the evidence in this case is the character of Mr. Depp himself – his well-documented evidence of violence and destruction during his adult life that occurred when he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs."
Ms. Wass added that Depp was "exposed to irrational mood swings and abnormal behavior patterns that would not have existed if Mr. Depp had been clean and sober, and that Mr. Depp has a name for this transformed entity – the monster."
She said, "The other aspect that is important to drug abuse is Mr. Depp's memory of his own disgraceful behavior, which is so severely affected by drug abuse that he may not even have noticed the extent of his violence and horrific behavior which put Ms. Heard in fear of her life in more than one of these alleged incidents. & # 39;
Depp and Heard met on the set of the comedy & # 39; The Rum Diary & # 39; from 2011 and married in February 2015 in Los Angeles. Heard filed for divorce the following year and the divorce was closed in 2017.
The former spouses were both on trial in the large neo-Gothic courthouse for three weeks.
Ms. Wass reminded Mr. Justice Nicol that there were "well-documented episodes of violence and destruction" in Depp's adult life and that the actor had accepted that he was violent against inanimate objects but not against people.
However, she said there was an incident earlier in his career when he attacked a photographer with a wooden board under the influence of drinks and drugs.
She also said that if he was as drunk as he was occasionally and "did not know what he was doing", his evidence that he was not violent towards people was "meaningless".
Ms. Wass continued: “In response to what we are proposing, there is overwhelming evidence of domestic violence or beating of women that has been cataloged over a three-year period between 2013 and 2016. Mr. Depp replies that he was the victim of an elaborate joke that Ms. Heard and her friends committed against him. & # 39;
The lawyer said Depp accused Heard and her friends of "painting for injuries, manipulating photos, and destroying property, which they then photographed to create some kind of insurance policy for Ms. Heard."
Ms. Wass added: "What exactly Ms. Heard insured in the course of this joke remains unclear."
She told the court that such a joke "would have made Ms. Heard commit a pre-planned conspiracy throughout the relationship with Mr. Depp," adding, "Such a proposal, let's say, is risky."
Ms. Wass told the court, “Mr. Depp's approach when Ms. Heard received an order to restrict domestic violence against him on May 27, 2016 was as follows: to deny that he ever attacked Ms. Heard, Ms. Heard to accuse the party of being violent and of reversing its role with it. & # 39;
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