We’re told the ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ actor is now represented by David Sherborne, an English barrister who specialized in cases related to privacy, confidentiality, and defamation.
Sherborne’s former clients include Diana, the princess of Wales, Elton John, and actor Hugh Grant.
As we reported, Johnny Depp’s legal team filed a letter of claim against News Group Newspapers, a British subsidiary of the American-owned News Corp — and operator of the tabloid, The Sun, as well as the now-defunct News of the World.
Last year, Prince Harry announced legal action against several U.K. newspapers after Buckingham Palace claimed the Prince was an alleged victim of illegal interception of his voicemail messages. At the time, no other details were released by the royal family.
But, Harry’s announcement came just days after his new wife, Meghan Markle said she was suing another U.K. outlet for the publication of ‘extracts’ from a letter that the paper claimed were written by her and addressed to her father.
The duke called the stories “relentless propaganda” and “bullying” behavior that “destroys people and destroys lives”.
We broke the story, Johnny Depp is accusing NGN of “multiple breaches” of his privacy and “misuse of private information, including the illegal interception of his voicemail messages.
In his letter of claim, Depp claims his legal team has conducted an internal investigation and believes his phone was hacked between the years 1996 – 2010. He says the evidence gathered, “clearly points towards repeated and prolonged illegal intrusion” into his private life.
At the time, Depp claims one of the newspapers was the first to report on both of his girlfriend’s pregnancies — one in 1998 and again in 2002.
The actor says the worst of the breaches came when the outlet ran stories of his then 7-year-old daughter’s hospitalization, something he has since said was one of the worst times in his life.
“Were aware that our client’s daughter was in a ‘serious condition,’ the name of the hospital where she was being treated, and the nature of her illness. They also knew of measures taken by our client to protect his and his family’s privacy, including entering the hospital through the staff entrance and traveling discretely,” the letter states.
The ‘Pirates’ star now says the realization of the alleged phone hacking situation has “deeply impacted him.” Especially, he claims, after looking back through the articles with the new knowledge of how the information was obtained, if making him relive the “anger, violation and helplessness” he felt at the time.
Johnny’s attorney in the U.S. — Adam Waldman — said of the new phone-hacking case, “Yesterday we sent notice to the Sun of our intention to file suit against them for illegally hacking Johnny Depp. Our Barrister David Sherborne has represented Princess Diana, and also Elton John, Jude Law, Hugh Grant, and Prince Harry in hacking claims against the Sun.
He added, “This case is a matter of principle for Mr. Depp, not one of money.”
We reached out to NGN, so far no comment.