The reason Johnny Depp and his legal team celebrated with Amber Hard before their court hearing is because a judge has dropped his 100 million claim.
According to deadline, Fairfax County Chief Justice Penney Azcarate was not convinced by the reason behind the counterclaim. In it, the “rum diary” actress argued that Depp’s two-year-old defamation suit should be dropped on the grounds that he had already lost his case against British tabloid The Sun.
The troubled star struggled to clear her name as “Wife Better” in the London High Court late last year. His ex-wife testified against him and cited 14 incidents in which he allegedly physically and verbally abused them during their marriage. Judge Andrew Nicole found the actor guilty of 12 of the 14 incidents.
“The court was not convinced by the defendant’s argument that the plaintiff had a full and fair opportunity to prosecute the UK proceedings. The defendant was not part of the UK proceedings and was not treated equally. ۔ “
“Since her name was not a defendant, she was not subject to the same discovery laws that apply to the named parties. In fact, the defendant could not be a named defendant in the UK litigation because of his allegedly defamatory statements. Were carried out after the UK operation began, “he continued, referring to Op-Ed Herd for the Washington Post in December 2018, which launched a defamation suit against Depp.
Judge Ezcaret even called Hard’s claims “disturbing” because he further elaborated: There was interest. To match the interest of the sun in such a way that the representation of the interest of the sun also represents the legal right of the defendant. “
He noted that the “Ecoman” actress’s legal interests depended on whether what she wrote in her options was incorrect. The Sons, on the other hand, were based on whether their story about Depp’s domestic abuse was false.
Depp’s lawyer, Ben Chew, then issued a statement in response to which Judge Ezcaret rejected Hard’s counterclaim. He said that the actors are very happy with the decision of the court. Thus, the hearing will proceed in April next year.