Johnny Depp heads to the High Court in Defamation spat with the Sun

After a failed attempt by the Paper to stop the case going any further, Depp has reached the court stage of his defamation claim.

The claim originated from an article placed in the Sun in April 2018 which referred to Depp as a wife beater. The story was related to Depp’s then Wife Amber Heard and Depp’s role in the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise.

The claim was filed against both the publisher of the Sun, News Group Newspapers and the executive editor Dan Wootton.

While the claim has only just come to the trial, it has been eventful. NGN unsuccessfully sought to have the claim thrown out on the grounds that the claim was baseless. The Court also had to consider a breach of a court order by Depp in respect of failing to disclose text messages and a breach by Amber Heard in separate US libel proceedings.

The hearing is due to last 3 weeks and its highly likely further details of the claim will be released in due course.

A claim for defamation can be successfully defended in four circumstances, if the statement is true, if the statement is someone’s honest opinion, if the statement was made in the interests of the public or if the statement is protected by ‘privilege’.

If you need further information on defamation or have a matter you would like us to assist you with, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team today.

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