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Johnny Depp loses bid to overturn damning High Court libel case ruling

Johnny Depp has lost his bid in the Court Of Appeal today (Picture: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for ZFF)

Johnny Depp has lost his bid to overturn a High Court ruling following a landmark libel case which concluded he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard and left her in fear for her life.

Following a hearing last week – of which neither Depp nor Heard were present – the Court of Appeal, Lord Justice Underhill and Lord Justice Dingemans, today refused permission to Depp to appeal against the dismissal of his claim for libel against The Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers and one of its journalists.

Following a three-week trial in July last year Mr Justice Nicol dismissed the Hollywood star’s libel claim against the publisher of The Sun, finding that an April 2018 column calling Mr Depp a ‘wife beater’ was ‘substantially true’.

The judge ruled Depp, 57, assaulted Heard, 34, on a dozen occasions and put her in ‘fear for her life’ three times.

The actor asked the Court of Appeal to grant permission for him to challenge the ruling, with the aim of having its findings overturned and a retrial ordered.

Announcing the ruling at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Lord Justice Underhill said: ‘We refuse Mr Depp’s application to admit further evidence in support of his proposed appeal and we conclude that the appeal has no real prospect of success and that there is no other compelling reason for it to be heard.

‘We accordingly refuse permission to appeal.’

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