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Johnny Depp Court Trial Against UK Tabloid Postponed Due To Coronavirus

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By Ryan Naumann

Johnny Depp will have to wait a little longer to find out the outcome of his legal battle against a UK tabloid.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a U.K. judge has decided to postpone the scheduled trial start date of March 23.

Depp sued The Sun for writing an article that labeled him a “wife-beater.” The 2018 article which questioned how J.K. Rowling could be “genuinely happy” about the actor being cast in Fantastic Beasts given the domestic violence allegations made by his ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp claims he is the real victim. The case was headed to trial before the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, released a statement following the judge’s decision. He said, "Mr. Depp has spent years seeking justice. The Judge hearing Mr. Depp’s defamation case against the Sun raised safety and practicality concerns. Although the case is extremely important to Mr. Depp, he was also uneasy about putting anyone else in harm’s way for the sake of it. In contrast, the Sun tabloid failed to read their own newspaper accounts about current events, and exhibited their famous disdain for the British public.”

He continued, “Ms. Heard’s tiny coterie of friends and family 'witnesses,' half of whom she sued to compel them to testify, also offered to appear by video link in a libel case for which the reporter Dan Wootton himself is too afraid to testify. Mr Depp will wait for courts and borders to safely reopen, and then we will do this properly.“

As The Blast first reported, Depp is in the middle of a separate legal battle against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. In the suit, the actor accuses Heard of defaming him with accusations of domestic violence.

Recently, Depp’s ex-wife, Vannessa Paradis, wrote a declaration in support of the actor. Paradis called the allegations made by Heard as “false facts.”

The actor’s ex-girlfriend, Winona Ryder, signed a separate declaration saying she doesn’t know Depp to be a violent man.

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