Actor Johnny Depp has today lost a three-week High Court libel case against The Sun newspaper, prompting criticism at the “unnecessary” resources which would have been denied to other domestic abuse victims.

“At a time where the court system has been hugely impacted by the pandemic, to be given three weeks of high court time is unacceptable”, said Sarah Harding, a family law partner at firm Hodge Jones & Allen.

Depp brought proceedings after the newspaper published an article calling him a “wife beater”, prompting a high-profile three-week trial where several sordid details of the marriage between Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard were made public.

Depp rejected all the allegations of ...

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