Johnny Depp settles Belfast defamation cases out of court

Hollywood star Johnny Depp has resolved legal action he was set to take in Belfast over false allegations about his spending levels.

Wednesday, 17th February 2016, 5:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th February 2016, 10:00 am
Johnny Depp took actions against two newspapers

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor had instructed lawyers about allegations in online articles focused on him and his actress wife Amber Heard.

Heard is facing claims that she illegally imported her two dogs into Australia.

One website article made inaccurate references to how much the case has cost her husband.

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Defamation proceedings were drafted and set to be issued on the couple’s behalf by Belfast-based lawyer Paul Tweed.

However, Mr Tweed, of Johnsons Solicitors, confirmed that two cases have now been “settled amicably”.

The outcomes involve an apology being issued by the Belfast Telegraph about unfounded allegations relating to “grossly exaggerated expenditure”, he said.

Mr Tweed revealed that another apology was obtained from The Mirror over equally unfounded claims relating to the state of the couple’s marriage.

He added: “Johnny and Amber hope that these and other apologies offered to them will finally put an end to unfounded speculation and reports of this nature in the media.”