Johnny Depp’s lawyers tell Court of Appeal he ‘did not receive a fair trial’ after losing Amber Heard libel case

Johnny Depp’s lawyers are arguing that the actor ‘didn’t receive a fair trial’ in his libel case (Picture: Getty)

Johnny Depp’s lawyers have told the Court of Appeal that he ‘did not receive a fair trial’ after losing his libel case.

The actor has formally applied to the Court of Appeal to overturn the verdict in his case against The Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers, after suing them for a headline which labelled him a ‘wife beater’.

Court documents filed by the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s team add that Justice Nicol’s ruling was ‘manifestly unsafe’ and request ‘a new trial’.

Depp’s team claims Justice Nicol ‘failed to undertake any, or an adequate analysis, of Ms Heard’s shifting account, despite the importance of consistency as a consideration of a witness’s testimony’.

Depp’s barrister David Sherborne said Justice Nicol ‘concluded that the appellant was guilty of serious physical assaults without taking account of or even acknowledging that Ms Heard had been untruthful in her evidence, without testing her account against the documentary evidence and the evidence of other witnesses, and without making any findings that he disbelieved those witnesses’.

Depp sued The Sun’s publishers over an article that claimed he ‘beat’ ex Amber Heard (Picture: WireImage)

He added: ‘His uncritical acceptance of her account of events is manifestly unsafe.’

The 57-year-old had until December 7 to appeal directly to the Court of Appeal to overturn his judgment.

Depp was previously refused permission to appeal to Mr Justice Nicol, who had dismissed the star’s claim, stating: ‘I do not consider that the proposed grounds of appeal have a reasonable prospect of success.’

Shortly after the verdict, Depp released a statement following the ruling, vowing to appeal.

It read: ‘The surreal judgement of the court in the UK will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal.

‘My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time. Thank you for reading.’

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