The British choose decides on November 2nd in Johnny Depp's "Ms. Schläger"


© Reuters. Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at the High Court in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Hollywood star Johnny Depp will hear the results of his defamation lawsuit against a British newspaper calling him a "bully" on November 2nd. This decision could have a lasting impact on the actor's career.

Depp, 57, sued News Group Newspapers, publisher of the Sun, and one of its journalists, Dan Wootton, over a 2018 article saying he was to his ex-wife, 34-year-old actress Amber Heard , been violent and questioned his casting in the film series "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them".

Both Depp and Heard testified before Judge Andrew Nicol during a three-week hearing in London's High Court, exposing their tumultuous personal lives and filing allegations of serious domestic abuse, drug use and affairs.

The couple met on The Rum Diary in 2011 and married in February 2015, but Heard filed for divorce 15 months later.

Depp told the court that he had never been violent towards his ex-wife, she lied and assaulted him several times. He said he lost his fingertip after she threw a bottle of vodka at him in a wild row.

Heard said Depp would turn into a jealous alter ego, "the monster" after drinking drugs and alcohol. He often threatened to kill her, she told the hearings, describing 14 cases of extreme violence when she said the actor suffocated, hit, hit, headed, throttled and kicked her.

Nicol will announce his verdict on November 2nd at 10 a.m. (1000 GMT), the judicial press said. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the verdict will be made remotely and no event will be held in the High Court building.

The judge must determine whether the article has "seriously damaged" Sun Depp's reputation and whether the paper's allegations are essentially correct.

If Depp wins, his lawyers have argued that he would be "entitled to very substantial damages, as only a substantial price can redeem and" nail the lie "for the damage and hardship the defendants' appalling allegations had made."

In practice, they said there was a cap on general damage between £ 300,000 and £ 325,000 ($ 391,000 to $ 423,600), but argued that Depp should also receive increased damages, given the Sun's response to his claim to that "Damage, misery and the right to justification" contributed ".

If he loses, his reputation will be badly damaged and he could struggle to land key movie bits in the future, commentators say.

In addition to the London lawsuit, Depp has filed a $ 50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard in a Virginia court for an opinion she wrote in the Washington Post.

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