The Hollywood actor, 57, is suing News Group Newspapers – publishers of the Sun over a story which appeared in the publication, in 2018, branding him a ” woman beater “.
It is linked to allegations of Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard, 34, who says the actor has been violent with her – which he denies.
During the first hearing, the lawyers of NGN tried the jetty, claiming Depp selected texts that would have shown that he had tried to buy “MDMA and other drugs” on vacation in Australia with Heard in 2018.
In a decision issued on Monday, Mr Justice Nicol found Depp had breached the “unless order” requiring it to disclose records of proceedings in defamation against disseminated in the united states – including text messages.
The judge said: “The Australian drug laws have been unfavourable to the applicant’s pleaded case and/or were in favour of the defendant pleads the case. ”
However, the judge went on to hear a request by Depp’s legal team asking for ” relief from sanctions “, which would allow the test to advance in spite of the violation.
David Sherborne, representing Depp, has argued the trial should continue so that the actor can have the “vindication” on the publication of the allegations.
However, in a decision issued Thursday, the judge said he would grant the Depp exemption application of sanctions “, which means the trial will go ahead as planned.
The judge said that his decision was subject to the Depp giving an undertaking that he will not seek sanctions against Heard, for having allegedly violated a court order, made during separate actions in defamation in the US, providing The Sun of the legal team of the evidence.
Three weeks of trial in the Royal courts of Justice in London, which was scheduled to start in March, but was delayed because of the Covid-19 in the event of a pandemic is listed to begin on 7 July, with Depp’s former partner Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder among the witnesses expected to give evidence.
The court heard Depp has the intention to travel from his home in France to London to give evidence, Heard all, is supposed to have already travelled to the UK from California.
Depp has brought separate proceedings for defamation against Ms. Heard in the united states, the court has heard are set for trial next year.