In a bid to overturn a ruling that he assaulted and abused his ex-wife Amber Heard, making her fear for her health and safety, Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has applied directly to the Court of Appeal in the U.K. .
In early November, a British court ruled against the actor in his libel case against the owner of the Sun tabloid newspaper, which labelled him a “wife beater.”
At the time, Justice Andrew Nicol said that the defendants had proved that what they published was “substantially true” during a high-profile trial in London over the summer that included lurid — and irreconcilable — accounts from Depp and Heard in which they accused each other of abuse.
Depp, 57, sued the publisher of The Sun, and the newspaper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that accused him of assaulting fellow actor Heard. The ruling represented a big blow to Depp’s reputation and to his finances that could seriously damage his lucrative movie career.