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UK judge to rule on November 2 in Johnny Depp’s wife beater case

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Hollywood star Johnny Depp will find out on Nov. 2 the outcome of his libel action against a British newspaper which labelled him a wife beater, a ruling which could have a lasting impact on the actor’s career.

Depp, sued News Group Newspapers, publishers of the Sun, and one of its journalists, Dan Wootton, over a 2018 article which stated he had been violent towards his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, 34, and which questioned his casting in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” movie franchise.

Both Depp and Heard gave evidence before Judge Andrew Nicol during a three-week hearing at London’s High Court, laying bare their tempestuous private lives and making allegations of serious domestic abuse, drug-taking and affairs.

Depp told the court he was never violent towards his ex-wife, that she was lying, and that she had attacked him on numerous occasions.

He said he lost the tip of a finger after she threw a vodka bottle at him during one ferocious row.

Nicol will deliver his judgement on Nov. 2 but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the judgment will be handed down remotely and no event will take place at the High Court building.