Johnny Depp applies to Court of Appeals after losing libel case

Johnny Depp has formerly applied to the Court of Appeals in a bid to overturn the verdict in his libel case. 

The former Fantastic Beasts actor lost his case against The Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers after suing them for a headline which labelled him a ‘wife beater’. 

His ex-wife Amber Heard testified against him and the judge ruled that he ‘did assault’ her during their turbulent marriage. 

Now, lawyers on Depp’s behalf have filed an application to appeal the court’s ruling. 

It’s not known what the grounds of appeal are, or when a decision on Depp’s application for permission to appeal is likely to be made. 

Depp, 57, had until December 7 to appeal directly to the Court of Appeal to overturn his judgment. 

The move comes weeks after Depp was refused permission to appeal with Mr Justice Nicol, who had dismissed Depp’s claim, stating: ‘I do not consider that the proposed grounds of appeal have a reasonable prospect of success.’

He also ordered the actor to make an initial payment of almost £630,000 to cover NGN’s legal fees after he lost the case, with the remainder to be paid after a detailed assessment of the costs.

Following the trial, it was found that there was ‘overwhelming evidence’ that Depp did assault Heard on 12 of the 14 alleged occasions, putting her in ‘fear of her life’ during three of them. 

Shortly after the verdict, Depp released a statement after the ruling, vowing to appeal. 

It read: ‘In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement.

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‘Firstly, I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days. 

‘Secondly, I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request.

‘‘Finally, I wish to say this. 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.’

Following the verdict, Depp was axed from the Fantastic Beasts franchise and replaced by Mads Mikkelsen in the role of Gellert Grindelwald. 

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