UK judge says Johnny Depp broke court or­der in li­bel case

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a U.K. High COURT judge ruled Mon­day that Johnny Depp vi­o­lated a court or­der by fail­ing to dis­close ev­i­dence re­lat­ing to his drug use to lawyers for Bri­tish tabloid The Sun, which he is su­ing for li­bel.

Judge An­drew Ni­col de­ferred a de­ci­sion on whether to throw out Depp’s claim against The Sun as a re­sult. He said he would rule as soon as pos­si­ble. Depp is su­ing the news­pa­per’s pub­lisher, News Group News­pa­pers, and Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor Dan Woot­ton over a 2018 ar­ti­cle claim­ing the ac­tor was vi­o­lent and abu­sive to his ex-wife,

Am­ber Heard. The trial is due to open at the High Court in Lon­don on July 7. But The Sun’s lawyers ar­gue the case should be dis­missed be­cause Depp failed to dis­close text mes­sages he ex­changed with an as­sis­tant show­ing that he tried to buy “MDMA and other nar­cotics” while he was in Aus­tralia with Heard in 2015.

The news­pa­per’s lawyer, Adam Wolan­ski, said with­hold­ing the texts was a breach of a pre­vi­ous court or­der re­quir­ing Depp to pro­vide all doc­u­ments from sep­a­rate li­bel pro­ceed­ings against Heard in the United States.”

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