(Press Association) Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis will no longer be called to prove in Johnny Depp’s claim for damages against The Sun over an article describing him as a “frubeater”, the Supreme Court has heard.
Depp’s former partners were to be shown via video link this week, but actor David Sherborne told the court Depp’s legal team had decided there was no reason to hear from them.
The Hollywood star, 57, is suing the tabloid’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) and its editor-in-chief Dan Wootton over an article in April 2018 alleging that he was violent towards ex-wife Amber Heard, 34, during their tumultuous relationship.
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Amber Heard felt she was “above the law”, says the former assistant in the UK
He told the court: “There is no need to reschedule these witnesses, just as it would have been a pleasure to have them here.”
Paradise, who was in a relationship with Depp for more than 14 years and had two children with him, would present evidence of the actor’s fall on Thursday.
In a preliminary hearing on the case, part of Paradise’s testimony stated: “I have known Johnny for more than 25 years. We have been partners for 14 years and we raised our two children together. Through all these years, I have known Johnny for being a kind, attentive, generous and non-violent person and father. “
She added: “He was never violent or abusive towards me.”
On Wednesday, the court did not have time to hear from actress Ryder, who was engaged to Depp in the 1990s. The court has previously heard that Depp had a “Winona Forever” tattoo when the pair was an object, which he later changed to “Wino Forever.”
At a preliminary hearing in the case, part of Ryder’s testimony was revealed in court documents, which read: “I can not turn my head around (Ms Heard) accusations. He was never, ever violent towards me. He was never, ever offensive to me at all. “
Pirates Of The Caribbean star sues NGN and Wootton over the publication of an article on April 27, 2018 with the headline: “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be” really happy “casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts movie? “.
His lawyers say the article had the significance that there was “overwhelming evidence”. Depp attacked Heard on several occasions, leaving her “for fear of her life”.
Heard claims that during an incident in Australia she was subjected to a “three-day hostage situation” during which Depp drank too much and took pills.
NGN defends the article as true, saying Depp was “controlling and verbally and physically abusive to Heard, especially when he was under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs.”