LONDON (CBS NEWS) — Hollywood star Johnny Depp on Monday lost his libel lawsuit against British newspaper The Sun for branding him a “wife-beater” in a case that laid bare his chaotic lifestyle.

FILE — Johnny Depp leaves the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on July 28, 2020 in London, England. (Getty Images)

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High Court Judge Andrew Nicol dismissed the 57-year-old’s claim saying the newspaper group’s article had been proven to be “substantially true,” adding: “the claimant has not succeeded in his action for libel.”

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The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor sued the tabloid’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the author of the article over claims he was violent to ex-wife Amber Heard during their volatile two-year marriage.

Three weeks of rancorous testimony at the case dubbed “the biggest English libel trial of the 21st century” included claims of drug abuse and domestic violence.

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