ACTRESS Amber Heard yesterday hailed a decision to deny ex-husband Johnny Depp permission to appeal the High Court judgment that he assaulted her.
US star Depp, 57, lost his “wife beater” libel fight against The Sun last year and was trying to overturn the ruling.
But his desperate challenge collapsed yesterday as two senior judges ruled it had no prospect of success.
Their ruling sinks his hopes of reviving his Hollywood career.
A spokesman for Ms Heard, 34, said: “We are pleased, but by no means surprised, by the court’s denial of Mr Depp’s application for appeal.
“The evidence presented in the case was overwhelming and undeniable.
“The verdict and lengthy, well-reasoned judgment have been affirmed.”
Bitter Depp tried to claim the ruling was so “devastating” and “unfair” that it breached his human rights.
He has vowed to continue his fight in the US after exhausting his UK court options.
Warner Bros has dumped him from its Fantastic Beasts movie, and Disney axed him from its Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Depp sued The Sun for calling him a wife beater in a 2018 article.
But last July Mr Justice Nicol ruled the words were “substantially true”.
He found that Depp had attacked Ms Heard on 12 occasions — leaving her in fear of her life.
Last week, Depp’s lawyers asked the Court of Appeal to consider further evidence, claiming Ms Heard had lied about donating her £5.5million divorce settlement to charity.
We are pleased, but by no means surprised, by the court’s denial of Mr Depp’s application for appeal
Spokesman for Amber Heard
But Lord Justices Underhill and Dingemans said the allegations were untested and irrelevant.
They added: “The hearing before Nicol J was full and fair, and he gave thorough reasons for his conclusions.”
Depp’s lawyers Schillings continued to insist there are “clear and objective reasons to seriously question the decision reached in the UK court”.
The actor is suing Ms Heard in the US over a 2018 article in the Washington Post, with the case delayed to next year.
The 12 times Depp beat Amber
THE judge ruled Depp attacked his ex-wife 12 times in their relationship. These were:
- In early 2013, Depp slapped and knocked Heard to the ground after she made a joke about his “Wino Forever” tattoo
- In March 2013, the actor flew into a rage while high on drugs and hit Amber so hard he made her lip bleed
- In June 2013, Depp attacked Amber in a trailer in Hicksville – throwing glasses at her and ripping her dress
- In May 2014, the actor screams at his wife on a private jet after taking drugs and boozing before kicking her in the back or bum
- In 2014, Depp grabs Amber by the hair, slaps her and pushes her to the ground on a detox trip to the Bahamas.
- In January 2015, the star again attacks Amber while on drugs – this time slapping her and pushing her to the ground. He then forced her tears as he stood over her yelling.
- In March 2015, Depp launches into a brutal three-day attack in Australia – leaving Heard with a broken lip, swollen nose and cuts all over her body. He trashed the house in the violent rampage and pushed Amber to the ground, choking her and spitting in her face as he made the star “fear for her her life”
- In March 2015 in the couple’s LA home, Depp grabbed Amber in front of her sister Whitney and repeatedly hit her
- In August 2015 on the couple’s honeymoon, Depp pushed Amber against a wall by grabbing her by the throat
- In December 2015, Depp chucked a glass decanter at Amber at their LA home in a drug binge. He also slapped her and dragged her through the apartment by her hair – ripping a chunk out. He then hit her again in the back of the head and headbutted her in the face and screamed ‘I will f***ing kill you’. Depp then pushed her face into a mattress and repeatedly punched her in the back of the head
- In April 2016 at Amber’s birthday party, Depp assaulted his wife after receiving ‘grim news’ about his finances.
- In May 2016, Depp chucked a phone at Heard – injuring her eye – before pulling her hair and striking her
The judge dismissed two allegations made by Ms Heard but did not conclude she had been untruthful. These were:
- In December 2014, Heard claimed Depp was “violent towards” her and later branded himself a “f***ing savage”
- In November 2015, she said Depp “threw her around the room” and pushed her over a chair
The Sun said it was pleased with yesterday’s decision and would continue to stand up and campaign for victims of domestic abuse.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available from 10:00am – 4:00pm weekdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm weekends.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.