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Johnny Depp ‘wife beater’ ruling overturn bid reaches Court of Appeal

Johnny Depp has made a bid to overturn the ruling in his libel case (Picture: Getty)

Johnny Depp’s bid to overturn the outcome of his libel case has reached the Court of Appeal.

The actor’s appeal will be considered this week, after a three-week trial in July 2020 over an article published in The Sun calling him a ‘wife-beater’.

At the time High Court judge Justice Nicol found it was ‘substantially true’ and ruled the 57-year-old had assaulted his ex Amber Heard, 34.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star, who denies all allegations against him, applied for permission to appeal against the decision, which will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday morning.

The hearing will also deal with an application by his lawyers to rely on new evidence which was not heard at the trial, according to a court order issued in February. It is unknown if Depp will attend.

Depp’s legal team had filed documents claiming the ruling was ‘manifestly unsafe’.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

A judge ruled Depp had assaulted ex Amber Heard (Picture: Getty)

Shortly after the verdict last summer, he released a statement blasting the decision and vowing to challenge the verdict.

It read: ‘The surreal judgement of the court in the UK will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal.

‘My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time. Thank you for reading.’

The actor was recently asked to step down from his role as Grindelwald in the third Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie, and was replaced by Hannibal actor Mads Mikkelsen.

In the US meanwhile, his defamation trial against actress Heard has reportedly been pushed back to 2022.

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