Johnny Depp lands into a soup for breach of order in The Sun libel case and gets called out by the High Court for evidence in his support.
However, the judge yesterday ruled Depp had breached the order and said: "The Australian drug texts were adverse to the claimant's pleaded case and/or were supportive of the defendants" pleaded case'.
Johnny Depp's libel case against a United Kingdom tabloid over claims that he beat his wife Amber Hard could be dismissed, according to British media.
On Thursday, the tabloid's legal team asked the judge to drop the case.
The Sun's team claims that a series of texts between Depp and his assistant, Nathan Holmes, prove that Depp was trying to procure drugs at the time.
Mr Wolanski said the messages, sent between February and March 2015 shortly before Heard, 34, claims she was subjected to "a three-day ordeal of physical assaults" in Australia, show Depp was trying to get drugs during the visit.
Mr Wolanski said the absence of any "contrition" from Mr Depp, or an apology for the breach of the court order, shows a "breathtaking arrogance".
Depp's attorney David Sherborne argued last week that the texts "did not bear on any of the issues" at play in the libel proceedings.
The libel claim against NGN and Mr Wootton arises out of publication of an article in The Sun in April 2018, under the headline: "Gone Potty - How can JK Rowling be 'genuinely happy" casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?'
Mr Sherborne told the court that Heard had an affair with each of the two men while she was going out with or married to Depp.
Depp's lawyers had argued that the texts were not material to the case, and its determining of whether the star had been violent towards Heard, as he had been open in witness statements about past struggles with alcoholism and addiction.
Heard and Depp met on the set of "The Rum Diary" in 2009, but they did not become romantically linked until 2012 when Depp separated from longtime partner Vanessa Paradis.
On May 27, 2016, Heard had obtained a restraining order against Depp, appearing in court with a bruise on her face and claiming that she was the victim of repeated domestic violence.
Depp and Heard are both expected to give evidence in person at the London trial.