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Johnny Depp Applies To Court Of Appeal To Overturn Amber Heard Ruling

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Johnny Depp Applies To Court Of Appeal To Overturn Amber Heard Ruling

Johnny Depp has applied to the Court of Appeal in an attempt to overturn the libel ruling in favour of The Sun after the tabloid published an article in 2018 which labelled the Hollywood actor a "wife beater".

Last month, the High Court rejected Depp's claim that The Sun newspaper committed libel when they called Depp a wife-beater for the alleged abuse against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

The Hollywood actor quit his role in the third Fantastic Beasts film following the court ruling in favour of The Sun.
The Hollywood actor quit his role in the third Fantastic Beasts film following the court ruling in favour of The Sun.

Depp's claims were dismissed when Mr Justice Nicol said that News Groups Newspapers, the parent company of The Sun, proved what was in an article was "substantially true."

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The judge found that Depp assaulted Heard on 12 of the 14 occasions.

According to The Guardian, it is not known what Depp's grounds of appeal are, or when a decision on his application for permission to appeal is likely to be made.

After losing the libel case, Depp promised he would appeal the decision in a statement which read: "The surreal judgement of the court in the U.K. 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."

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Following the ruling, Depp resigned his role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The upcoming third movie is currently set to be released in July 2022.

Mads Mikkelsen will replace Depp in the upcoming third film in the franchise, taking on the role of Gellert Grindelwald. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mikkelsen explained how his performance will differ from Depp's. "We're still working it out. There has to be a bridge between what Johnny did and what I'm going to do. And at the same time, I also have to make it my own," he said.

"But also we have to find a few links [to the previous version of the character] and some bridges so it doesn't completely detach from what he's already masterfully achieved."

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Topics: johnny depp, Film and TV, Celebrity News

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