Actor Johnny Depp took a British newspaper to court for libel

57-year-old actor Johnny Depp, known for roles such as Willy Wonka the chocolatier and Jack Sparrow the pirate, has been taken to court by his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, on claims that he had abused her multiple times. The two were married from 2015 to 2016, but divorced once the abuse claims started, to which Depp had said were untrue. Depp took The Sun, a British newspaper, to court for libel after being called a “wife-beater.” Throughout the case, Heard gave evidence to prove Depp as the abuser. After the weeks of testimony, the judge ruled that The Sun‘s allegations about Depp abusing Heard were true. 

The newspaper’s legal team argued that the accusations in the article were ‘accurate and true.’ Ms. Heard, 34, testified on the newspaper’s behalf and said in pretrial documents that Mr. Depp had assaulted her on 14 occasions during their relationship starting before they were married. Mr. Depp denied all of the claims, but the judge found that most of them did occur, citing a range of text messages from Mr. Depp among the evidence, said The New York Times. 

While some believe that evidence shows that Heard was the abuser and not Depp,  the court case ended and Depp lost. The ending circumstances were that Warner Brothers and J.K Rowling dropped him from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series, and he has been let go from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Depp will not reappear in the sequel set to come out next year.