World news – Johnny Depp says the lie about the charity donation influenced the libel decision


Amber Heard’s divorce pledges swayed the judge in Ms. Thug’s case, the Court of Appeals told

An allegation by Amber Heard that she had all of her $ 7 million (£ 5 million) divorce agreements Johnny Depp for charity was a « calculated and manipulative lie » to influence a libel case, his attorneys told the appeals court.

A judge who found, considering the probabilities, that he attacked them, was « subliminally influenced » by evidence of the donation, which included victims of domestic violence, Depp’s legal team claimed.

The actor’s lawyers began filing for permission to appeal the 2020 Supreme Court ruling by they asked if she’d kept a promise to split her $ 7 million divorce settlement evenly between two charities rush: the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Neither Depp nor Heard were present in court at the hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, where a lawyer called them “the most important Witness “in last year’s libel trial of Sun editor, News Group Newspapers (NGN).

In written submissions on behalf of Depp, Andrew Caldecott told QC that it had commitments to donate the $ 7 million » Heard’s credit.  » strengthened in an extraordinary way « . However, this is a « calculated and manipulative lie that should leave a strong positive impression from the start ».

Depp lost his defamation suit against the sun in November after the newspaper had described him as a « bully » in an article. The Supreme Court dismissed the Pirates of the Caribbean star and other films’ motion for compensation at the end of one of the most widespread libel trials of the century.

« You [NGN] would have had no defense without Ms. Heard. There were many other witnesses, but she was the center of attention in every way, « Caldecott said, adding that Heard’s testimony related to how » the entire amount of my divorce settlement was donated to charity. « 

The attorney said to three appellate judges: « We say it’s a potentially subliminal message – ‘I want him to pay, but I don’t want to keep a penny of his money because of the way I’ve been treated’ – and this one, of course Case, this implies an aversion to the way he physically treated her. “

On August 18, 2016, Heard publicly announced that the $ 7 million would be split equally between them, according to the attorney. However, he added that « the only donation » to the hospital was one of « $ 100,000, » not the $ 3.5 million we say the court was led to believe that this was the true position. “He said the ACLU, which worked with domestic violence victims, received $ 350,000 and then $ 100,000, according to published documents.

At the end of the hearings last November, Justice rejected Nicol Depp’s claim « Heard was a » gold digger, « and said in his decision, » Your donation of the seven million dollars to charity is hardly the act one would expect a gold digger to do. « 

Caldecott argued that if » the truth about the charity claim had become known during the trial, it would have materially affected the examination of Mr. Heard’s evidence as a whole by Mr. Justice Nicol « .

He said: « The evidence represented an utterly extraordinary act of philanthropy that would have made a deep impression on any sane person.

 » Their public statements made it clear that the ACLU donation was specifically a victim of domestic violence. The underlying message of charity was definitely clear: Mrs. Heard would not want to keep any money from Mr. Depp because he had subjected her to severe violence.

« The evidence presented and should obviously present it in the strongest terms as virtuous and as a victim. » / p> Lord Justice Underhill, one of the appellate judges, said Heard was never given the opportunity to b Answer whether all of the money has been donated or should be given in installments. If asked about it, the problem would have been easily resolved, he suggested.

In a 129-page judgment last year, Nicol said, “I have found that the vast majority of alleged assaults by Ms. Heard are through Mr. Depp has been proven by civil law standards. « He also said he accepted Heard’s evidence that the allegations she made against Depp » had a negative impact on her career as an actress and activist. « 

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