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”.
The choose additionally mentioned he couldn’t rule an alleged incident in LA in November 2015 had been confirmed as a result of it was not put to Mr Depp in cross-examination.
Listed here are the small print of the 14 allegations which had been relied on by NGN, and the choose’s findings in relation to every of them.
– 1. Early 2013
Ms Heard mentioned Mr Depp was fully sober till early 2013, and round that point he hit her for the primary time after they had been in Los Angeles.
The courtroom heard this occurred after Ms Heard joked a few 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 typically 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 consuming 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 “seek advice from 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 might need no recollection after”.
The choose concluded that this incident did happen.
– 2. March 2013
Ms Heard claimed Mr Depp was indignant 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 fireplace and hit her “so onerous that blood from her lip ended up on the wall”.
Mr Depp, nevertheless, mentioned he merely requested Ms Heard to maneuver the portray from the bed room “as a courtesy” and that she had an “excessive response”. He mentioned he didn’t hit her in any respect.
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.
– 3. June 2013
Ms Heard and Mr Depp had been in Hicksville, USA, with a bunch 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”, grew to become “enraged” and “jealous” when one in every of her pals touched her, and he then threw glasses at her, ripped her gown and broken the cabin they had been staying in.
Mr Depp mentioned he drank and took magic mushrooms, as did Ms Heard and her pals 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 gown.
Mr Justice Nicol concluded that, in the midst of Mr Depp and Ms Heard’s argument, the actor “brought about vital injury to the trailer”.
The choose mentioned “the argument and injury to property are symptomatic of Mr Depp’s method when ‘the monster’ aspect of his character was dominant”.
Mr Justice Nicol additionally mentioned that he had addressed one other side 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”.
– 4. Might 24 2014
The pair took a non-public airplane from Boston to LA. Ms Heard mentioned that throughout the flight Mr Depp, who had been consuming 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 midst 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 choose 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” resulting from “alcohol and drug consumption”.
– 5. August 2014
The couple went to the Bahamas, Mr Depp mentioned to “remedy his dependence on painkillers”, though Ms Heard claimed he was making an attempt 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 remedy 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 instances he was “extraordinarily keen on her and grateful to her” whereas at different instances “he imagined that she was the reason for his ache and that her actions elevated his torment”.
The choose discovered that it’s “extra possible than not that Mr Depp did push Ms Heard on not less than one event”, however added: “I’m not in a position to conclude whether or not there was greater than this one assault”.
– 6. December 17 2014
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 choose concluded that he was “not persuaded” that this alleged incident “constituted a bodily assault of Ms Heard by Mr Depp”.
– 7. January 25 2015
Whereas the couple had 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.
– 8. March 2015
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 drugs and consuming, after which attacked her once more the subsequent morning.
Ms Heard mentioned that, the next night time, Mr Depp pushed her right into a desk tennis desk, tore off her nightgown and attacked her, earlier than smashing a phone right into a wall and severing the highest of his center finger.
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 everywhere in the home in an try to jot down messages”, which he denied.
Mr Depp mentioned Ms Heard was in “a protracted 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 12 months, 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 injury” was achieved to the home in Queensland, Australia, and mentioned he “doesn’t settle for” Mr Depp’s proof that it was Ms Heard who brought about the injury, or nearly all of it.
He additionally mentioned he didn’t settle for that Ms Heard was answerable for the harm to Mr Depp’s finger, including “what precisely brought about the harm is unsure” and it “could be that Mr Depp by accident reduce his finger on a bit of damaged glass”.
The choose discovered: “Ms Heard’s description of the times in Australia as akin to a hostage scenario 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 accident 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.
“It’s a signal of the depth of his rage that he admitted scrawling graffiti in blood from his injured finger after which, when that was inadequate, dipping his badly injured finger in paint and persevering with to jot down messages and different issues.
“I settle for her proof of the character of the assaults he dedicated towards her. They should have been terrifying. I settle for that Mr Depp put her in concern of her life.”
The choose additionally mentioned he accepted an extra confidential allegation.
– 9. March 2015
Ms Heard mentioned Mr Depp grew to become “enraged” after they had 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 Crimson 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 he or she confronted him.
Mr Justice Nicol mentioned “it’s no a part of my perform to resolve whether or not Mr Depp was having an affair” any greater than it’s his job to resolve if Ms Heard had been having affairs – which was alleged throughout the trial and he or she denied.
He concluded that, on this case, Mr Depp “did assault Ms Heard” as she and NGN alleged.
– 10. August 2015
Whereas they had been on the Japanese and Oriental Categorical in South East Asia, Ms Heard alleged Mr Depp “picked a struggle” 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 choose mentioned he “accepts that Ms Heard was assaulted by Mr Depp as she and the defendants have alleged”.
– 11. November 26 2015
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 brought about her to bang her head towards a wall.
Mr Depp mentioned they had been in LA for Thanksgiving, however denied any allegation of abuse.
Mr Justice Nicol mentioned he didn’t settle for that this incident is confirmed because it had not been put to Mr Depp in cross-examination.
– 12. December 15 2015
Ms Heard claimed Mr Depp threw a decanter at her of their penthouse in LA, then slapped her and dragged her by the condo 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 suppose you’re a f****** powerful man” earlier than headbutting her.
Ms Heard mentioned that when she advised 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 grew to become bodily”, the choose mentioned, discovering that “Mr Depp assaulted Ms Heard”.
– 13. April 21 2016
Ms Heard mentioned Mr Depp arrived at her birthday celebration 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 condo” and left a word studying: “Completely happy F****** Birthday.”
Mr Depp mentioned he arrived on the celebration 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”.
He claimed Ms Heard had been “consuming closely” and attacked him whereas he was studying in mattress, punching him within the face 4 instances earlier than he grabbed her arms to cease her.
Mr Depp mentioned that, the subsequent day, Ms Heard or one in every of her pals “defecated in Mr Depp’s and Ms Heard’s mattress”, and claimed Ms Heard later advised 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 scenario”.
He mentioned Mr Depp had admitted taking hashish, including he discovered it “extra possible than not” that Mr Depp “additionally drank alcohol and took cocaine”.
The choose concluded Mr Depp “assaulted Ms Heard as he had achieved on earlier events when he was careworn”.
On the so-called “defecation incident”, the choose mentioned that Mr Depp’s perception that Ms Heard or one in every of her pals 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 pals had been accountable is “not essential”, saying “it’s distant from the central concern, particularly whether or not Mr Depp assaulted Ms Heard”.
– 14. Might 21 2016
Mr Depp arrived at their LA condo, allegedly “drunk and excessive”, whereas Ms Heard was there with pals. Ms Heard mentioned Mr Depp grew to become “very indignant”, throwing her cellphone at her and hitting her within the eye earlier than smashing “every part he might” with a magnum of champagne.
He mentioned he went to the condo 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 after 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 cops who attended the condo after the incident “noticed no accidents or bruising or swelling”.
Mr Justice Nicol mentioned the “battle in proof” in relation to this proof is “notably sharp”, with some witnesses who noticed Ms Heard within the days after saying her face confirmed no signal of harm whereas others noticed proof of accidents to her face.
The choose mentioned: “There may be proof which I discover compelling of witnesses who noticed Ms Heard with accidents to her face and who took images 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”.