Johnny Depp has been dominated in breach of court for failing to reveal “drugs texts” to attorneys at The Sun forward of his libel case in opposition to the paper.
The High Court says the messages, which apparently present the 57-year-old actor making an attempt to acquire medication in Australia, have been “adverse to the claimant’s pleaded case and/or were supportive of the defendants’ pleaded case”.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean actor introduced the case over an April 2018 article in the tabloid which referred to him as a “wife beater”, following allegations made by his former spouse, actress Amber Heard.
Depp strenuously denies these allegations.
The Sun’s writer, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its government editor, Dan Wootton, are defending the declare.
Their authorized staff say Depp was in “serious” breach of a court order for not supplying NGN’s authorized staff with messages between him and his assistant, Nathan Holmes.
The texts referred to “happy pills” and “whitey stuff”, which Adam Wolanski QC mentioned confirmed Depp was making an attempt to acquire MDMA and cocaine.
The messages have been despatched in late February and early March 2015, shortly earlier than an alleged incident in Australia between Depp and Heard, which Heard claims was “a three-day ordeal of physical assaults”.
Mr Wolanski mentioned the messages have been “profoundly damaging to [Depp’s] case”.
However, Mr Depp’s barrister, David Sherborne, mentioned the messages weren’t related as they didn’t relate to the allegations of home violence.
He additionally mentioned Depp had been open about his drug-taking historical past.
While Mr Justice Nicol discovered that Depp had breached an “unless order” requiring him to reveal paperwork from separate and ongoing libel proceedings in opposition to Ms Heard in the US, his case has not been robotically struck out.
Mr Depp has introduced separate libel proceedings in opposition to Ms Heard in the US, which the court has beforehand heard are “ongoing”.
His barrister argues that NGN’s authorized representatives would have been given entry to the textual content messages as they kind half of the proof in this separate case.
Depp’s software for “relief from sanctions” will now be thought-about.
During a listening to final week, Mr Wolanski mentioned Depp subjected Heard to a “three-day hostage-taking situation” in Australia whereas he was taking MDMA, also referred to as ecstasy, and ingesting closely.
The barrister mentioned Heard alleges she was subjected to assaults after she challenged Depp for taking a quantity of capsules and washing them down with pink wine.
Depp “expressly denies” that he took the medication, that Heard discovered a bag of capsules or that the pair had any conversations about drug use throughout that point, and claims Heard went into “a prolonged and extreme rage” after a dialogue of a post-nuptial settlement.
The alleged incident in Australia is one of 14 separate allegations of home violence, between early 2013 and May 2016, that NGN depends on in its pleaded defence to Depp’s declare.
The case shall be tried on the High Court in London, starting on 7 July, and is predicted to final three weeks.
Both Depp and Heard will journey to London from their respective houses in France and America.
The couple met on the set of 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015.
In May 2016, Heard obtained a restraining order in opposition to Depp after accusing him of abuse, which he denied.
They settled their divorce out of court in 2017, with Heard donating her $7m (£5.5m) settlement to charity.
Depp’s former companions, Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder are additionally anticipated to offer proof. Both have beforehand given witness statements saying Depp was “never violent” in the direction of them.