AMBER Heard has promised to reveal new bombshell evidence about wife beater Johnny Depp in a US court case.
It comes after today's High Court judgment that Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp, 57, was a wife beater who attacked Ms Heard, 34, as the actor lost his libel case against The Sun.Amber Heard's lawyers have promised to reveal new evidence against Johnny Depp in a US legal battle next yearCredit: PA:Press Association Hollywood A-lister Depp today lost his libel case against The Sun Credit: REUTERS
Mr Justice Nicol rejected Depp’s defamation case after finding The Sun's story was accurate, ruling he beat her 12 times.
Last year, Depp filed a £38 million ($50 million) US defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, with Ms Heard counter-suing for £78million ($100 million) for an alleged "smear campaign".
And after Depp today lost the blockbuster UK court showdown, Ms Heard's legal team vowed to reveal move evidence against the Hollywod A-lister when their legal battle goes to a US court in Virgina next May.
Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, U.S. counsel for Amber Heard, said: "For those of us present for the London High Court trial, this decision and Judgment are not a surprise.
US COURT SHOWDOWN
"Very soon, we will be presenting even more voluminous evidence in the U.S.
"We are committed to obtaining justice for Amber Heard in the US court and defending Ms Heard's right to free speech."
The US case comes after an article Ms Heard wrote about domestic abuse for the Washington Post.
In his High Court ruling today, Mr Justice Nicol said: "I have found that the great majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp have been proved to the civil standard."
The judge said "a recurring theme in Mr Depp's evidence was that Ms Heard had constructed a hoax and that she had done this as an 'insurance policy'," and that Ms Heard was a "gold-digger".
Very soon, we will be presenting even more voluminous evidence in the U.S.
Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, U.S. counsel for Amber Heard
But he added: "I do not accept this characterisation of Ms Heard."
He also found Ms Heard was not responsible for Depp losing the tip of his finger during what the she called a "three-day hostage situation" in Australia in 2015.
Depp’s loss today leaves his reputation in tatters, with his glittering silver-screen career facing ruin.
And in another bitter blow, he could now face forking out millions of pounds in legal costs - including The Sun’s.
A spokesman for The Sun said: "The Sun has stood up and campaigned for the victims of domestic abuse for over twenty years.
SUN'S LEGAL VICTORY
"Domestic abuse victims must never be silenced and we thank the Judge for his careful consideration and thank Amber Heard for her courage in giving evidence to the court."
Mark Stephens, a lawyer dealing in reputation management, described today's ruling as "immensely damaging" for Depp.
He said: "I thought this was an ill-advised action anyway, and it's just proven to be that.
"Obviously there are serious findings of fact against Johnny Depp: that the judge believes that he was a wife beater, that he was a habitual user of drugs and alcohol - and obviously one hopes that he gets the help that he obviously needs."
I thought this was an ill-advised action anyway, and it's just proven to be that
Mark Stephens, a lawyer dealing in reputation management
He added: "One of the challenges on the drugs is that although he's not got a conviction, there are many countries of the world which do not let people who are users of drugs into the country.
"He will find great difficulty in getting visas for Singapore or Malaysia or countries of that kind."
During this summer's High Court case, the court heard Depp found human excrement in his bed after one row at home.
He claimed Ms Heard had left the foul-smelling deposit but she blamed their dog Boo, saying the pooch had “toilet troubles”.
In July, Ms Heard described her pain as she was forced to relive “traumatic” details of her broken relationship with a monster who made her life a misery.
The court heard how Depp had sent Ms Heard texts calling her “a fat ugly w***e”.
He also sent messages to Brit actor pal Paul Bettany, plotting to drown and burn her as a witch and “f**k her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead”.
Lawyers for Depp had argued the messages should not be taken seriously, “however dark and extravagant the language”.
Libel damages in the UK have been capped at £275,000 since 2012, and that amount can only be awarded if there are “serious aggravating features”.
However, legal costs for the trial are estimated at £4million.Photographs of faeces were showed to the High Court in the summer Johnny Depp has claimed it was Amber Heard who left the faeces in their marital bedCredit: Splash News Johnny Depp had denied ever assaulting his then wife Amber HeardCredit: PA:Press Association