LONDON – Johnny Depp lost his court case on Monday against a British newspaper that called him a “wife beater” and claimed there was “overwhelming evidence” that he repeatedly attacked actress Amber Hurd during their marriage Was attacked.
Mr. Depp’s attacks involved head-butting Ms. Hurd, repeatedly beating him and tearing his hair tufts, Andrew Nichol, the British judge who heard the case, wrote The ruling was released online on Monday.. In dismissing the case, he stated that the defendants had shown that what they had published was “largely true.”
“Must have been horrifyingly horrific,” the judge wrote of events in Australia in March 2015, in which Ms. Hurd said Mr. Depp had beaten her several times, including breaking a telephone next to her face. Included. The judge wrote, “I accept that Mr. Depp feared him with his life.”
The judge also acknowledged that Ms. Hurd had taken a risk in speaking out about the violence. “I also accept that Ms. Hurd’s allegations have negatively impacted her career as an actor and activist,” he said.
Women’s rights group In Britain, the decision was praised. “This is an important decision and one that we hope sends a very powerful message: every single survivor of domestic abuse should be heard and heard,” Lisa King, Lisa, a British charitable refugee for survivors of domestic violence King, said in a statement.
When The case was heard in July, It often seemed as if it were happening to generate completely substandard newspaper headlines and gossip of the film-world. Countless details of Mr. Depp and Ms. Hurd’s wedding were broadcast.
But it was actually a defamation case, with 57-year-old Mr Depp being the publisher of the news group Newspapers, a Sun newspaper, and Dan Wootton, the executive editor of that newspaper, in a 2018 article that was there. ” Overwhelming evidence “that Ms. Depp attacked Ms. Hurd.
The article mentioned Mr. Depp is called a “wife beater” and urges writer JK Rowling to intervene Mr. Depp has been dropped from the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” film series, Is based on his book.
The newspaper’s legal team argued that the allegations in the article were “accurate and true.” Ms. Hurd, 34, testified on behalf of the newspaper and stated that Mr. Depp had assaulted her on 14 occasions during a relationship that began prior to her marriage. Mr. Depp denied all claims, but the judge found that most of them were found citing several of Mr. Depp’s text messages amid evidence.
Mr. Depp is suing Ms. Hurd for defamation at the United Nations, which she wrote for the Washington Post under an article “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the outbreak of our culture.” It has to be changed. ”Mr. Depp says that this article led to his removal from the” Pirates of the Caribbean “film franchise.
It was not immediately clear whether the British judge’s decision would have any implications for that case.
Jenny Afia, a partner at the British law firm Schillings, who represented Depp, said in an email statement that the US proceedings were “ongoing.” She called the British decision “distorted as perversion” and said that “it would be ridiculous not to appeal to Mr. Depp.”
Hunter s. The pair met in 2011 and married in February 2015, making the film “The Rum Diary” based on Thompson’s book. Ms. Hurd filed for divorce a year later. He also obtained a temporary restraining order against the actor after accusing him of killing her.
Ms. Hurd later withdrew the claim, and In January 2017, the pair agreed on a $ 7 million divorce agreement. “There was no intention of physical or emotional harm,” he said in a statement at the time.
During the case, Ms. Hurd said that Mr. Depp first attacked her in 2013 before her marriage. On that occasion, she said, he hit her three times after discussing about one of her tattoos. The tattoo, Winona Ryder, originally read “Winona Forever” in reference to Mr. Depp’s former partner, but he had read it “Winning Forever”.
“It felt like my eye had come out,” Ms. Heard spoke of a third strike, Saying that it knocked her balance and to the floor.
Sasha Voss, the newspaper’s lawyer, Told the court In her closing argument that Mr. Depp’s violence came about because of Ms. Hurd’s independence, as well as her alcohol and drug use. Ms Vaas said Mr Depp had used so many substances that “he was not even aware of his violence and horrible behavior.”
The judge agreed to most aspects of that character-portrayal, potentially exposing Mr. Depp’s jealousy over potential love rivals and eroding his memory.
During the hearing, Mr Depp’s team claimed that Ms. Hurd was indeed abusive, provoking arguments and, in one case in an argument in Australia, broke her fingers, throwing a vodka bottle at her. Ms. Hurd testified that Mr. Depp had broken his fingers in an argument, breaking a phone next to his head.
In his ruling, the judge devoted 17 pages to that fight. He said Mr Depp had admitted that after sustaining the injury, he painted his own blood graffiti on the walls of a house the couple were renting. The judge wrote, “This is a sign of the depth of his anger.”
“The cause of the injury is uncertain,” he said, but added “it may well be that Mr. Depp accidentally cut his finger on a piece of broken glass.”
Mr. Depp’s team also portrayed the allegations as a hoax that Ms. Hurd had constructed as an insurance policy in the event of a breakdown of the marriage. Justice Nicole wrote in his judgment, “He was, according to this scenario, nothing more than a gold digger.” “I do not approve of this characterization of Ms. Hurd,” she said, adding that she had divorced $ 7 million for the charity.
The judge said, “His donation is hardly expected of any gold digger.”
Harriet Wistrich, Director of Women’s Justice CenterA British organization said in an email that she was “very relieved that the judge rejected some common tropes of domestic violence victims, such as’ she was motivated to live with him for money ‘or’ if she Was violent, why didn’t he leave? ”
“We hope the results of this case serve as a warning to wealthy men who try to use the courts to silence women who speak out about abuse,” said Ms. Wistrich .
Ms Hurd admitted that Mr Depp was killed once, but the court said she was trying to protect her sister, who she thought was the actor pushing some stairs down. “I’ll never forget this, because it was the first time after all these years that I really hit her back,” Ms. Hurd said.
After the ruling was released on Monday, The Sun said in a statement, “Domestic abuse victims should never be silenced, and we thank the judge for his careful consideration and for giving evidence to the court to Amber Hurd Thank you for their courage. “
Ms. Heard’s attorney, Jennifer Robinson, said the actress was “unable to comment on the case due to ongoing US proceedings.” But Ms. Hurd’s US attorney, Ellen Charleson Breadhoft, said in a statement that the decision was not surprising.
“We are committed to getting justice for Amber Hurd in US courts and defending Ms. Hurd’s right to free speech,” Ms. Bredehoft said.