Johnny Depp libel case verdict: Depp LOSES case against The Sun

Johnny Depp has LOST his libel case against The Sun newspaper.

The actor sued the newspaper after it claimed he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard, which he denies.

Judge Mr Justice Nicol said the Sun had proved what was in the article to be “substantially true”.

The judge said: “Although he has proved the necessary elements of his cause of action in libel, the defendants have shown that what they published in the meaning which I have held the words to bear was substantially true.

“I have reached these conclusions having examined in detail the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely, as well as the over-arching considerations which the claimant submitted, I should take into account.”

He went on: “I have found that the great majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp have been proved to the civil standard.”

He said that “a recurring theme in Mr Depp’s evidence was that Ms Heard had constructed a hoax and that she had done this as an ‘insurance policy’,” and that Ms Heard was a “gold-digger”.

But he added: “I do not accept this characterisation of Ms Heard.”

In a statement, Ms Heard’s lawyer in the US said: “For those of us present for the London High Court trial, this decision and judgment are not a surprise.

“Very soon, we will be presenting even more voluminous evidence in the US.”

Speaking outside court today, Ms Heard said the case had been “incredibly painful” and she just wants to “move on her with her life”.