Johnny Depp is making use of for permission to attraction towards a Excessive Courtroom ruling on his libel declare towards the writer of The Solar, which discovered the actor assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard on a dozen events.
Information Group Newspapers (NGN) initially relied on two alleged incidents of home violence throughout the marriage, on April 21 and Might 21 2016, however later added different allegations to their written defence.
In November, Mr Justice Nicol concluded that “the nice majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp have been proved to the civil normal”.
However he mentioned he was “not persuaded” that an alleged “incident of violence” in Los Angeles in December 2014 “constituted a bodily assault of Ms Heard by Mr Depp”.
Listed below are the main points of the 14 allegations which have been relied on by NGN, and the decide’s findings in relation to every of them.
Ms Heard mentioned Mr Depp was utterly sober till early 2013, and round that point he hit her for the primary time once they have been in Los Angeles.
The courtroom heard this occurred after Ms Heard joked a couple of tattoo on Mr Depp’s arm from his relationship with actress Winona Ryder, which initially learn “Winona Eternally” however was altered to “Wino Eternally” after they break up.
She claimed Mr Depp later cried and apologised, telling her that he generally turns into “the monster” when he snaps.
Mr Depp “expressly denied” hitting Ms Heard and mentioned that, round early 2013, he had “confined himself to ingesting wine and utilizing marijuana, having been sober from round December 2011 to August 2012”.
In his ruling, Mr Justice Nicol mentioned he accepted Ms Heard’s proof that Mr Depp used the time period “the monster” to “confer with that a part of his character when, affected by drink and/or medication he would do issues which he wouldn’t in any other case do and of which he may need no recollection after”.
The decide concluded that this incident did happen.
Ms Heard claimed Mr Depp was offended she had hung up a portray by her ex-partner Tasya Van Ree by her mattress in her LA dwelling, then tried to set the portray on hearth and hit her “so onerous that blood from her lip ended up on the wall”.
He additionally mentioned a textual content he later despatched describing the night as a “disco massacre” was to “placate Ms Heard” and never an apology for alleged violence.
Mr Justice Nicol concluded that Mr Depp “did assault” Ms Heard as she alleged.
Ms Heard and Mr Depp have been in Hicksville, USA, with a gaggle of individuals together with Ms Heard’s sister Whitney and Mr Depp’s assistant Nathan Holmes.
Ms Heard mentioned Mr Depp, who was “taking medication”, turned “enraged” and “jealous” when considered one of her mates touched her, and he then threw glasses at her, ripped her costume and broken the cabin they have been staying in.
Mr Depp mentioned he drank and took magic mushrooms, as did Ms Heard and her mates who additionally took MDMA.
He claimed Ms Heard’s buddy touched Ms Heard in an “extraordinarily sexual method” and he spoke to her to ask her to cease, however denied throwing or smashing glasses or ripping Ms Heard’s costume.
Mr Justice Nicol concluded that, in the middle of Mr Depp and Ms Heard’s argument, the actor “precipitated vital harm to the trailer”.
The decide mentioned “the argument and harm to property are symptomatic of Mr Depp’s method when ‘the monster’ facet of his character was dominant”.
Mr Justice Nicol additionally mentioned that he had addressed one other facet of this incident in a confidential annex to his ruling during which he didn’t “settle for the additional allegations made by Ms Heard in relation to this incident”.
The pair took a non-public airplane from Boston to LA. Ms Heard mentioned that throughout the flight Mr Depp, who had been ingesting closely, threw objects at her, pushed a chair at her, slapped her and kicked her within the again earlier than passing out in the bathroom.
Mr Depp, nevertheless, mentioned Ms Heard “started to harangue him” as he was sketching in a pocket book. He mentioned he then tried to “playfully faucet her on the underside together with his foot”, at which Ms Heard took “nice offence” and “continued to verbally berate” him.
In his ruling, Mr Justice Nicol discovered that, in the middle of the flight, Mr Depp “managed to kick Ms Heard on her again or backside”, which was “greater than a ‘playful faucet’” and opposite to what Mr Depp and his former private assistant Stephen Deuters had mentioned in proof.
The decide additionally mentioned he “didn’t settle for” Mr Depp’s declare that he “merely selected to sleep in the bathroom to get away from Ms Heard”, saying he handed out “at some stage” attributable to “alcohol and drug consumption”.
The couple went to the Bahamas, Mr Depp mentioned to “remedy his dependence on painkillers”, though Ms Heard claimed he was attempting to surrender different medication too.
Ms Heard mentioned Mr Depp had “a number of manic episodes” and his non-public physician needed to be flown over to assist.
She alleged that he slapped, kicked and grabbed her by the hair throughout an assault.
Mr Depp alleged Ms Heard stopped a nurse from giving him therapy whereas he was going by withdrawal.
Mr Justice Nicol concluded that Mr Depp’s emotions in direction of Ms Heard “vacillated wildly” throughout the journey, and at occasions he was “extraordinarily keen on her and grateful to her” whereas at different occasions “he imagined that she was the reason for his ache and that her actions elevated his torment”.
The decide discovered that it’s “extra seemingly than not that Mr Depp did push Ms Heard on at the least one event”, however added: “I’m not in a position to conclude whether or not there was greater than this one assault”.
Ms Heard mentioned Mr Depp was “violent in direction of” her in LA, and later texted calling himself a “f****** savage” and a “lunatic”.
Mr Depp denied any allegation of violence and mentioned NGN has “failed to offer any particulars of the alleged violence”.
The decide concluded that he was “not persuaded” that this alleged incident “constituted a bodily assault of Ms Heard by Mr Depp”.
Whereas the couple have been in Tokyo, Japan, Ms Heard claimed Mr Depp shoved and slapped her and grabbed her by the hair, earlier than standing over her and shouting whereas she was on the ground – which Mr Depp denied.
Mr Justice Nicol concluded that Mr Depp “did assault Ms Heard as she and the defendants have alleged” on this incident.
Mr Depp was mentioned to have repeatedly assaulted Ms Heard after an argument over his alleged use of MDMA throughout a three-day journey to Australia. She mentioned he stayed up all night time, taking capsules and ingesting, after which attacked her once more the subsequent morning.
She additionally claimed he had written messages to her round the home in a combination of paint and blood from his finger, which Mr Depp admitted doing whereas “in shock”, in addition to having “urinated all around the home in an try to write down messages”, which he denied.
Mr Depp mentioned Ms Heard was in “a chronic and excessive rage” following an argument over a post-nuptial settlement. He mentioned he broke his sobriety, after not having had a drink in additional than a yr, with a number of glasses of vodka.
He claimed Ms Heard threw a bottle at him, severing the highest of his finger, and stubbed a cigarette out on his cheek. He denied being violent in direction of her.
Mr Justice Nicol mentioned in his ruling that “a really appreciable quantity of harm” was completed to the home in Queensland, Australia, and mentioned he “doesn’t settle for” Mr Depp’s proof that it was Ms Heard who precipitated the harm, or nearly all of it.
He additionally mentioned he didn’t settle for that Ms Heard was accountable for the damage to Mr Depp’s finger, including “what precisely precipitated the damage is unsure” and it “might be that Mr Depp by chance lower his finger on a bit of damaged glass”.
The decide discovered: “Ms Heard’s description of the times in Australia as akin to a hostage state of affairs was one thing of a hyperbole.
“She was not being saved in the home towards her will. The home was set again on a protracted drive, however there have been individuals round. Ms Heard had a cell phone. She agreed in cross-examination that she might have contacted anybody. Within the by chance recorded dialog she spoke of phoning her sister. Ms Heard might have left the home.”
However Mr Justice Nicol added: “But taking all of the proof collectively, I settle for that she was the sufferer of sustained and a number of assaults by Mr Depp in Australia.
“I settle for her proof of the character of the assaults he dedicated towards her. They will need to have been terrifying. I settle for that Mr Depp put her in concern of her life.”
The decide additionally mentioned he accepted an additional confidential allegation.
Ms Heard mentioned Mr Depp turned “enraged” once they have been in LA together with her sister and commenced destroying issues in the home earlier than hitting her “onerous and repeatedly”. She additionally claimed he tried to push her sister down the steps earlier than hitting Ms Heard once more.
Mr Depp, nevertheless, mentioned Ms Heard was “berating him in a rage” as he tried to depart, threw a can of Purple Bull at him and punched him within the face earlier than he lastly left.
The ruling mentioned that Ms Heard alleged this argument began as a result of she “found textual content messages which she mentioned confirmed he (Mr Depp) had been dishonest on her” and she or he confronted him.
Mr Justice Nicol mentioned “it’s no a part of my operate to determine whether or not Mr Depp was having an affair” any greater than it’s his job to determine if Ms Heard had been having affairs – which was alleged throughout the trial and she or he denied.
He concluded that, on this case, Mr Depp “did assault Ms Heard” as she and NGN alleged.
Whereas they have been on the Jap and Oriental Categorical in South East Asia, Ms Heard alleged Mr Depp “picked a battle” together with her, hit her and pushed her towards a wall by the throat, “inflicting her to concern for her life” – which was denied by Mr Depp.
The decide mentioned he “accepts that Ms Heard was assaulted by Mr Depp as she and the defendants have alleged”.
In LA, Mr Depp allegedly ripped Ms Heard’s shirt and “threw her across the room”, additionally throwing a wine glass and a “heavy glass decanter” at her, in addition to pushing her over a chair which precipitated her to bang her head towards a wall.
Mr Depp mentioned they have been in LA for Thanksgiving, however denied any allegation of abuse.
Ms Heard claimed Mr Depp threw a decanter at her of their penthouse in LA, then slapped her and dragged her by the house by her hair, pulling “massive chunks of hair” from Ms Heard’s scalp.
She mentioned he then adopted her upstairs and pushed her to the ground whereas shouting “you assume you’re a f****** powerful man” earlier than headbutting her.
Ms Heard mentioned that when she informed Mr Depp she wished to depart him, he grabbed her and screamed: “I f****** will kill you – I’ll f****** kill you, you hear me?”
It’s alleged that in this incident, Mr Depp wrote a message on the kitchen countertop in gold pen saying: “Why be a fraud? All is such bullshit.”
Mr Depp, although, denied the allegations, saying “Ms Heard fabricated the alleged violence” and falsely claimed that “blonde hair on the ground was her hair”.
He additionally claimed that “the one violence dedicated on that date was by Ms Heard”, who allegedly “violently attacked” him.
Mr Justice Nicol concluded that the couple had an argument on December 15, and that “it’s extra possible than not that on this event, as on others, Mr Depp was inebriated and/or managed medication”.
The argument was “not simply verbal, it turned bodily”, the decide mentioned, discovering that “Mr Depp assaulted Ms Heard”.
Ms Heard mentioned Mr Depp arrived at her party at their LA dwelling late, “drunk and excessive on medication”, they usually had an argument after the friends had left.
She claimed he threw a bottle of champagne at her, which hit a wall, and threw a glass of wine over her.
The actress claimed Mr Depp then grabbed her by the shoulders, pushed her on to a mattress and blocked the door when she tried to depart.
She alleged he grabbed her by the hair and shoved her to the ground, screaming and threatening her, earlier than he “stormed out of the house” and left a be aware studying: “Pleased F****** Birthday.”
Mr Depp mentioned he arrived on the get together round two hours late following a gathering together with his new enterprise supervisor and accountants, and that he was not on medication however “shocked from what he had learnt on the assembly about his enterprise affairs”.
Mr Depp mentioned that, the subsequent day, Ms Heard or considered one of her mates “defecated in Mr Depp’s and Ms Heard’s mattress”, and claimed Ms Heard later informed the constructing supervisor Kevin Murphy that it was “only a innocent prank” – at which level he “then resolved to divorce Ms Heard”.
Mr Justice Nicol mentioned in his ruling that Mr Depp had a enterprise assembly that night throughout which he was given “very grim information about his monetary state of affairs”.
He mentioned Mr Depp had admitted taking hashish, including he discovered it “extra seemingly than not” that Mr Depp “additionally drank alcohol and took cocaine”.
The decide concluded Mr Depp “assaulted Ms Heard as he had completed on earlier events when he was pressured”.
On the so-called “defecation incident”, the decide mentioned that Mr Depp’s perception that Ms Heard or considered one of her mates was accountable was related as a result of it led him to conclude the wedding couldn’t proceed, and it was the reason for a part of an argument that came about the next month.
However he added that whether or not Ms Heard or her mates have been accountable is “not essential”, saying “it’s distant from the central challenge, specifically whether or not Mr Depp assaulted Ms Heard”.
Mr Depp arrived at their LA house, allegedly “drunk and excessive”, whereas Ms Heard was there with mates. Ms Heard mentioned Mr Depp turned “very offended”, throwing her cellphone at her and hitting her within the eye earlier than smashing “every little thing he might” with a magnum of champagne.
He mentioned he went to the house with two safety guards to gather his belongings after Ms Heard and her sister “repeatedly” tried to contact him.
Mr Depp denied being violent, and claimed his two safety guards entered the room once they heard Ms Heard shouting, and noticed her “repeatedly screaming, ‘cease hitting me, Johnny’” whereas he was 20ft away within the kitchen.
He additionally mentioned that two law enforcement officials who attended the house after the incident “noticed no accidents or bruising or swelling”.
Mr Justice Nicol mentioned the “battle in proof” in relation to this proof is “significantly sharp”, with some witnesses who noticed Ms Heard within the days after saying her face confirmed no signal of damage whereas others noticed proof of accidents to her face.
The decide mentioned: “There may be proof which I discover compelling of witnesses who noticed Ms Heard with accidents to her face and who took pictures of those.”
Mr Justice Nicol added that he had reached the view “that Mr Depp did assault Ms Heard as she alleges in Incident 14”.