Johnny Depp loses libel case over 'wife beater' claims

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  • Johnny Depp has lost his case against the publishers of The Sun and the author of an article who called him a "wife beater".
  • The actor is in the midst of an ongoing trial against wife Amber Heard, who claims the actor abused her.
  • On the ruling made on Monday, the actor's lawyers said it would be ridiculous if he did not appeal, calling the decision "flawed" and "perverse".

A London High Court judge's decision on Monday to reject Johnny Depp's libel claim over an article which called him a "wife beater" is perverse and flawed, and it would be ridiculous if he did not appeal, the actor's lawyers said.

The actor was suing the publishers of The Sun and the author of the article for the claims, which were made in April 2018.

"This decision is as perverse as it is bewildering," Depp's British law firm Schillings said in a statement on Monday.

"The judgment is so flawed that it would be ridiculous for Mr Depp not to appeal this decision," the statement said.

"In the meantime, we hope that in contrast to this case, the ongoing libel proceedings in America are equitable, with both parties providing full disclosure rather than one side strategically cherry picking what evidence can and cannot be relied upon."

*This is a developing story and will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.

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