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Who will win in the court case everyone is talking about… the world’s favourite pirate, or Britain’s most famous tabloid?

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Surreal doesn’t cover it. A man who’s earned more than $650 million, best known for dressing up as his pirate alter-ego Jack Sparrow, who fired his dead close friend’s ashes out of a cannon, is leading the fight against a media giant.

Johnny Depp’s case against News Group Newspapers, owner of controversial UK tabloid the Sun, and the title’s executive editor Dan Wootton, has begun in London’s High Court.

Depp claims libel in a headline from April 2018: “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”

The accusation is that the Sun has falsely painted him as an abusive husband to his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard.

I have no knowledge or opinion if that is true. That’s for the judge to decide.

But what’s going on in court could have a significant bearing on potential future cases. Will it radically change the landscape for those who feel they’ve been wronged by the media?

With the trial coming to the end of its first week, it certainly appears a brave move by Depp to go to court, because he has already had to bare all.

In reality, taking on the case was the hardest decision he could have made. If he’d not bothered, the article would have faded away, like so many other celebrity stories do.

He’s a superstar and would have carried on living a good life. So throwing himself into the fire is........

© RT.com