In their attempt to challenge a decision handed down by the UK High Court in March, Johnny Depp and his legal team will obtain an oral hearing, Deadline announced.
The court ruled that by calling him a “wife beater” in a 2018 post, The Sun did not libel the actor.
Now, Lord Justice Underhill, the Court of Appeal judge, has decreed that an approximate two-hour hearing will take place between 15 and 31 March so that “additional evidence” can be provided. “At a hearing, the questions raised by both applications are best resolved,” he said.
Whereas the legal team of contender Amber Heard will have to file arguments to challenge the appeal by February 21, while the team of Depp can respond by February 28.
“The actor seeks to overturn the previous ruling that was not libelled by the tabloid owned by the News Group when it branded him a “wife beater,” with the initial ruling stating that in relation to his relationship with ex-wife Heard, the phrase was “substantially real.
In response to numerous charges of domestic abuse, the jury harmed Depp’s credibility, when it claimed that he “assaulted Ms Heard.”
Depp’s attorneys have argued after the decision that the star “did not receive a fair trial” and that the decision was “plainly wrong.”
In the US, Depp’s court battle with Heard still continues to roll on.
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