According to United Kingdom media reports, the judge ruled the actor breached court order that required him to release texts about "happy pills" and "whitey stuff".
"The Australian drug texts were adverse to the claimant's pleaded case and/or were supportive of the defendants' pleaded case", the judge said. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor has sued the tabloid's publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published back in 2018 which referred to Johnny Depp as a wife-beater after his former wife Amber Heard spoke about him through indirect references.
Lawyers for NGN, claimed at a pre-trial hearing on Thursday, that the 57-year-old had failed to disclose messages sent between himself and his assistant Nathan Holmes that appeared to show him seeking to obtain "happy pills" and "whitey stuff" in 2015, in line with an order to provide all documents from a separate libel case against Heard in the U.S.
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". The bodyguards hinted that the actress was attempting to set up her husband at the time for the accusation after reportedly trying to cause a scene by yelling, "Stop hitting me", even though the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor was standing at least 20 feet away from her.
His attorney, David Sherborne, argued that the texts did not relate to the allegations of violence, and so were not relevant to the case.
He said: 'The issue in this case is whether the defendants can prove that the claimant committed serious domestic violence and put Ms Heard in fear.