The news was delivered Thursday morning as the decision of two Court of Appeal judges in the UK officially ruled the former “Fantastic Beasts” star cannot challenge the ruling in the libel case he had filed against The Sun over an article that labeled him a “wife beater.”
After the decision was made, Amber Heard’s high-powered legal team released a statement to Yahoo Entertainment about their thoughts on the ruling:
“We are pleased — but by no means surprised — by the Court’s denial of Mr. Depp’s application for appeal,” the statement read.
The “Aquaman” star’s team added, “The evidence presented in the UK case was overwhelming and undeniable. To reiterate, the original verdict was that Mr. Depp committed domestic violence against Amber on no fewer than 12 occasions and she was left in fear of her life. The verdict and lengthy, well-reasoned Judgment, including the Confidential Judgment, have been affirmed. Mr. Depp’s claim of new and important evidence was nothing more than a press strategy, and has been soundly rejected by the Court.”
Back in November, Johnny Depp and his legal team were shocked after they were handed a defeat by the UK court over the libel claims against The Sun. At the time, they were already aggressively planning to appeal the decision by the judge.
“This decision is as perverse as it is bewildering,” Depp’s law firm said in a statement after the ruling.
They added, “The judgment is so flawed that it would be ridiculous for Mr Depp not to appeal this decision.”
It was not just Johnny Depp and his team who were perplexed, as many supporters of Depp could not believe the outcome.
“I can’t believe Johnny Depp lost? Wtf?” one fan wrote in astonishment at the time.
“Johnny Depp was DENIED justice by a judge that essentially said BELIEVE ALL ACCUSATIONS. He attacked the credibility of anyone, the police included, that opposed Amber Heard while accepting EVERYTHING she said,” another supporter wrote.
The denial of Depp’s appeal now leaves the actor hanging in the balance when it comes to Hollywood and his career, as he has already lost a starring role in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise due to the fallout.