Johnny Depp‘s legal team is asking the UK Court of Appeal for a retrial in his libel case against with The Sun. Central to their argument is the claim that ex-wife Amber Heard did not donate all of her $7 million divorce settlement to charity as she said she would.
Depp’s team sued The Sun for labeling him a “wife beater,” a suit he lost in July. High Court Justice Andrew Nicol ruled that the Sun’s team essentially proved the claims in the 2018 article were “substantially true,” and that the 57-year-old had in fact assaulted her on a dozen occasions.
On Thursday, Depp’s team said that the false donation claims gave Heard a “considerable boost to her credibility as a person” and that they had “tipped the scales against Mr. Depp from the very beginning.”