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The John Lewis store in Cardiff used a picture of a wife beater to sell perfume

A major department store in the capital city of Wales used a picture of shamed actor Johnny Depp to sell perfume despite him losing his bid to appeal against a scathing High Court ruling that he battered his ex-wife 12 times.

A judge at this court decided that The Sun was right to brand Mr Depp a “wife beater” for the brutal attacks on his ex, Amber Heard.

In March the court ruled Mr Depp’s appeal had “no real prospect of success”.

A picture speaks a thousand words…

However, in defending use of the picture of Mr Depp last month, a John Lewis (JL) representative at the ground floor perfume counter near the front door, told The Eye’s Editor Phil Parry: “He (Johnny Depp) was never charged!”.

Apart from this response, the main media relations department of the store appeared to be less than willing to give a full statement about the situation.

Last Thursday Mr Parry, asked the JL Press Office (PO) for an explanation of the policy, and was told the issue would be ‘looked into, and he was asked to provide a deadline.

ASAP – otherwise known as six days

This was the response from the JL PO which is meant to serve the media: “Hello Phil, Thank you for your email and getting in touch. We will look into this for you – please could you let me know what your deadline is? 

“Press Office
“John Lewis & Partners
“External Communications
“171 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5NN
“Direct: 01344 82 5080
“Internal: 742 – 5080
“Out of office hours: 
“020 7592 6994 for John Lewis 
“01344 82 5922 for Waitrose”.
The court was told that Amber Heard faced abuse

The immediate reply from Mr Parry was that the statement should be given ‘ASAP’, however, nothing has been provided.

In the original libel case last year, the judge Mr Justice Nicol concluded Mr Depp had beaten Ms Heard 12 out of 14 times – starting in 2013 when he slapped the actress after she made a comment about his tattoo.

He dismissed two allegations made by Ms Heard in 2014 and 2015, but said he couldn’t conclude she had been “untruthful”.

Amber Heard had not been “untruthful”

The judge also found Mr Depp put his ex-wife in “fear for her life” on three occasions – including during a “three-day hostage situation” in Australia in March 2015, where £120,000 worth of damage was caused to their rented home.

Mr Justice Nicol ruled that Mr Depp attacked Ms Heard 12 times during their relationship, and that The Sun article about the assaults, was “substantially true”. These were:

  1. In early 2013, Mr Depp slapped and knocked Ms Heard to the ground after she made a joke about his “Wino Forever” tattoo.
  2. In March 2013, Mr Depp flew into a rage while high on drugs and hit Ms Heard so hard he made her lip bleed.
  3. In June 2013, Mr Depp attacked Ms Herd in a trailer at Hicksville – throwing glasses at her and ripping her dress.
  4. In May 2014, Mr Depp screamed at her on a private jet after taking drugs and boozing before kicking her in the back or bum.
  5. In 2014, Mr Depp grabed Ms Heard by the hair, slapped her and pushed her to the ground on a detox trip to the Bahamas.
  6. In January 2015, Mr Depp again attacked Ms Heard while on drugs – this time slapping her and pushing her to the ground. He then stood over her yelling.
  7. In March 2015, Mr Depp launched into a brutal three-day attack in Australia – leaving Ms Heard with a broken lip, swollen nose and cuts all over her body. He trashed the house in a violent rampage and pushed her to the ground, choking her and spitting in her face as he made Ms Heard “fear for her life”.
  8. In March 2015 in the couple’s LA home, Mr Depp grabbed Ms Heard in front of her sister and repeatedly hit her.
  9. In August 2015 on the couple’s honeymoon, Mr Depp pushed Ms Heard against a wall by grabbing her by the throat.
  10. In December 2015, Mr Depp chucked a glass decanter at Ms Heard at their LA home in a drug binge. He also slapped her and dragged her through the apartment by her hair – ripping a chunk out. He then hit her again in the back of the head and headbutted her in the face and screamed “I will f***ing kill you”. Mr Depp then pushed her face into a mattress and repeatedly punched her in the back of the head.
  11. In April 2016 at Ms. Heard’s birthday party, Mr Depp assaulted her after receiving “grim news” about his finances.
  12. In May 2016, Mr Depp chucked a phone at Ms Heard – injuring her eye – before pulling her hair and striking her.

The judge dismissed two allegations made by Ms Heard, but did not conclude she had been untruthful. These were:

  1. In December 2014, Ms Heard claimed Mr Depp was “violent towards” her, and later branded himself a “f***ing savage”. This is, perhaps, appropriate given that the perfume Mr Depp advertises is ‘Sauvage’.
  2. In November 2015, she said Mr Depp “threw her around the room” and pushed her over a chair.
‘Now look here Johnny Depp and John Lewis’

For his part, since the assaults Mr Depp has said he has been through “an unpleasant and messy situation”,  and is facing a Hollywood “boycott”.

It also appears that legal problems continue to beset him.