Johnny Depp Applies to U.K. Court of Appeal Over 'Wife Beater' Ruling

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A judge last month dismissed the star's libel claim in the case, which focused on an article in The Sun.

Johnny Depp has applied directly to Britain's court of appeal in an effort to overturn a recent high court ruling in a defamation trial related to the actor's troubled relationship with ex-wife Amber Heard.

Last month, a U.K. judge delivered the opinion in the case, which focused on an article in The Sun published in April 2018 that described Depp as a "wife beater." The judge ruled: "This claim is dismissed. … The claimant has not succeeded in his action for libel. 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."

The same judge later in November refused to allow the star to appeal the decision, saying: "I do not consider that the proposed grounds of appeal have a reasonable prospect of success." But he gave Depp until Dec. 7 to make a direct application to the court of appeal.

Depp in a statement after the ruling said: "The surreal judgment of the court in the U.K. will not change my fight to tell the truth, and I confirm that I plan to appeal."

The Press Association reported that Depp has now filed an application with the U.K. court of appeal, citing a list of pending appeals. Further details or a timeline for a decision weren't immediately clear, it said.