Big setback for Johnny Depp as UK judge refuses actor permission to appeal libel ruling

Depp can still apply directly to the Court of Appeal, and has until Dec. 7 to do so.

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Depp is also suing Heard for $50 million in Virginia over a Washington Post op-ed essay that she wrote about domestic violence.
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LONDON: A judge has refused Johnny Depp permission to appeal against a British court's ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard.

Earlier this month a High Court judge rejected Depp's claim that a newspaper had committed libel when it called him a ``wife-beater.'' Judge Andrew Nicol said the article in The Sun was ``substantially true.''

Depp is seeking to overturn the judgment. But in a setback for the ``Pirates of the Caribbean'' star, Nicol denied permission to appeal, saying ``I do not consider that the proposed grounds of appeal have a reasonable prospect of success.''


In a ruling made public on Wednesday, the judge also ordered Depp to make an initial payment of almost 630,000 pounds ($840,000) to News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, to cover its legal fees.

Depp can still apply directly to the Court of Appeal, and has until Dec. 7 to do so.

The judge's main ruling came after a three-week trial in which Depp and Heard gave conflicting accounts of their brief, tempestuous marriage.
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In the wake of the decision, Depp said he was leaving the ``Fantastic Beasts'' film franchise after studio Warner Bros. requested his resignation.

Depp is also suing Heard for $50 million in Virginia over a Washington Post op-ed essay that she wrote about domestic violence. The essay talks about her experience being abused but does not name Depp. The trial is due to be held next year.

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