Johnny Depp, reportedly, hired a team of high-powered lawyers to begin a legal battle against British tabloids. Allegedly, the publication hacked his phone to see his personal conversations. This way, they can reveal things about his private life without him knowing.
In the legal documents obtained by The Blast, Johnny Depp filed a suit against News Group Newspapers by issuing a letter of claim. He accuses its tabloids, The Sun and the now-defunct News of the World, of breaching his privacy multiple times. It also includes the misuse of his private information, like the “illegal interception of his voicemail messages and other unlawful data gathering.”
The suit against British tabloids
According to Entertainment Tonight Canada, the suit claims the tabloids hacked Amber Heard’s ex-husband’s phone to access his personal information. This, allegedly, happened from 1996 to 2010.
They, reportedly, have evidence to prove the claim that showed “repeated and prolonged illegal intrusion” into his private life. This might be how these tabloids obtained sensitive information about his life. It surprisingly managed to create reports about his children and girlfriends’ pregnancies without his consent.
“These details were obviously intrusive and sensitive,” the suit read. “And included the stages of the pregnancies, our client’s movements and plans (showing clear surveillance of him).”
Johnny Depp revealed he was deeply affected by the hacking. He also stressed that he didn’t file the suit for a financial settlement. In fact, he did it for his principle, to protect his family, to seek justice, and to uncover the truth.
Adam Waldman, the 56-year-old actor’s attorney, told The Blast that they already sent a notice to The Sun to inform them about the suit. Their Barrister David Sherborne is also the one who represented Princess Diana, Elton John, Prince Harry, and the likes. Just like the actor, they also filed hacking claims against the British publication.
“The Sun has paid out tens of millions of pounds to settle dozens of illegal hacking claims for one reason — because they did it. This case is a matter of principle for Mr. Depp, not one of money,” Waldman insisted.
The on-hold court battle
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp’s libel suit against The Sun was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AP News noted. This time, they sued News Group Newspapers and executive director Dan Wootton over a 2018 article that claimed he was “violent and abusive” to his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
A trial was about to start at the High Court in London, attended by the ex-couple and other celebrities who would give their evidence. However, with the coronavirus outbreak, Judge Andrew Nicol said the trial needed to be adjourned.
Two of Johnny Depp’s legal representatives had to self-isolate because of the virus. “No-one can predict whether others involved in the case, and I do not exclude myself, will either become infected or need to self-isolate,” Nicol explained.
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