Saturday, January 16, 2021

A Depp Disaster

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Johnny Depp’s libel case loss is proof that you should never fight an opponent with deeper pockets and he’d now do best to quit and save himself further expense

Johnny Depp should never have brought his libel action against News Group Newspapers Limited. In doing so, all he achieved was to wash his and Amber Heard’s dirty laundry in public and cost himself millions.

 

As loathsome as The Sun’s Dan Wootton truly is, the fact of the matter is that Mr Justice Nicholl weighed the evidence up and saw the pointless car crash presented to him for what it truly was. Here was a case where a very rich man wanted to be seen as David and present a newspaper group as Goliath, but here also was a court case that has simply ended with the supposed underdog just showing himself as a tawdry mess.

 

In a judgment that extended to 129 pages, Mr Justice Nicholl concluded: “I accept that the Defendants have shown that the words they published were substantially true in the meanings I have held them to bear.”

 

Of this bombshell news, speaking to Sky News this morning, former editor of the Daily Star Dawn Neesom, commented:

 

The Sun have been proved right in this… It was the trial of the 21st century. It was extraordinary.”

 

“I don’t think Johnny Depp expected to lose… It was very telling that he decided to go forward with this trial… The sordid details have been frankly shocking.”

 

“Hollywood loves a hellraiser… But this is different… It’s domestic abuse… It puts a whole different shine on things… Will Johnny Depp ever come back from this?”

 

“Johnny is currently filming Fantastic Beasts in London and now JK Rowling will have a lot of things to think about… She’s essentially employing a wife beater.”

 

Clearly, Depp’s gamble didn’t pay off and now he’d do best to stop digging before the hole he’s created becomes a volcano. As he himself once said: “I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you’re on it.” Now, sadly for him, it’s jolly well time to get off.

 

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Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.
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8 COMMENTS

  1. No surprises he lost with David Sherborne at the helm. Same one who repsresented your dear contributor and chum James Stunt. See he’s raving like a loon and has a face the size of a balloon courtesy of his Instaspam pages.

  2. “Don’t fight an opponent with deeper pockets”, says Matthew. Wonder if certain erstwhile members of the Royal Family are reading Steeple Times to heed your advice.

  3. That’s a shock result, given the amount of evidence that demonstrated the abuse came from Heard and directed at Depp.
    There will be no stopping that loathsome muck-raking Wootton, with this result.

  4. Well i certainly don’t condone hitting a woman. Evidence I’ve seen over the months seems to point to Heard being the main aggressor in their relationship. I think Johnny will definitely appeal this verdict, but if he loses, he will end up with a huge Depp.

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