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Amber Heard buys two boxes of wine with pal in Notting Hill

Amber Heard headed wine shopping in London on Sunday as her ex-husband Johnny Depp continues with a $50million libel lawsuit against her. 

A Virginia judge on Tuesday ruled the actor, 58, can proceed with the litigation, based on a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she penned saying she was a domestic violence survivor. 

But the actress, 35, brushed off her legal woes as she left the store carrying a box of wine with her friend. 

Heading out: Amber Heard headed wine shopping in London on Sunday as her ex-husband Johnny Depp continues with a $50million libel lawsuit against her

Amber opted for a casual look in a pair of black jogging bottoms and a parka jacket as she stepped out for boozy shopping trip. 

She swept her blonde locks back into a ponytail, and looked fresh faced as she went make-up free for the outing.  

Amber strolled along the street in white converse while chatting with the journalist Eve Barlow, who wore a black biker jacket and checkered trousers.  

Relaxed: The actress opted for a casual look of black jogging bottoms and a parka jacket as she stepped out for the boozing shopping trip

Relaxed: The actress opted for a casual look of black jogging bottoms and a parka jacket as she stepped out for the boozing shopping trip

Low-key: She swept her blonde locks back into a ponytail, and looked fresh faced as she went make-up free for the outing

Low-key: She swept her blonde locks back into a ponytail, and looked fresh faced as she went make-up free for the outing

They headed to the wine shop and left with two boxes full of booze before they shopped for groceries at an organic food shop, where Eve carried two bags of provisions out of.  

Amber and Eve then sipped on booze in a fishmonger’s before looking giddy while heading to the car. 

Earlier this week, it was ruled Johnny could continue with his lawsuit against Amber, based on a 2018 Washington Post op-ed Amber penned saying she was a domestic violence survivor.

While Amber did not mention Johnny in the story, she publicly accused him of abusing her in their 2016 split.

The actor is trying to clear his name after losing a defamation suit against The Sun after the paper branded him a ‘wife-beater’ amid allegations of domestic abuse.

Friends: Amber strolled along the street in white converse while chatting with the journalist Eve Barlow, who wore a black biker jacket and checkered trousers

Friends: Amber strolled along the street in white converse while chatting with the journalist Eve Barlow, who wore a black biker jacket and checkered trousers

Essentials: They headed to the wine shop and left with two boxes full of booze before they shopped for groceries at an organic food shop, where Eve carried two bags of provisions out of

Essentials: They headed to the wine shop and left with two boxes full of booze before they shopped for groceries at an organic food shop, where Eve carried two bags of provisions out of

Johnny’s suit, filed in Fairfax County, Virginia, accuses Amber of creating a ‘hoax’ account.

Amber had requested the libel suit against her, filed in March 2019, be thrown out, claiming the ruling in the UK case should swing any new cases in her favour because they both relate to domestic abuse allegations against Johnny.

But Judge Penny Azcarate ruled the statements made by The Sun and Amber were ‘inherently different.’

Good times: Amber and Eve then sipped on booze in a fishmonger's before looking giddy while heading to the car

Good times: Amber and Eve then sipped on booze in a fishmonger’s before looking giddy while heading to the car

Stepping out: The actress, 35, brushed off her legal woes as she left the store carrying a box of wine with her friend

Stepping out: The actress, 35, brushed off her legal woes as she left the store carrying a box of wine with her friend

The ruling stated: ‘The Sun’s interests were based on whether the statements the newspaper published were false.  

‘[Heard’s] interests relate to whether the statements she published were false.’

The ruling also noted that Johnny filed the defamation suit against The Sun before Amber’s op-Ed was published – and that she was not named in the case against the British paper.

Complicated: She did not mention Johnny in the story, though she publicly accused him of abusing her in their 2016 split

Complicated: She did not mention Johnny in the story, though she publicly accused him of abusing her in their 2016 split

Lost: Johnny is trying to clear his name after losing a defamation suit against The Sun after the paper branded him a 'wife-beater' amid allegations of domestic abuse

Lost: Johnny is trying to clear his name after losing a defamation suit against The Sun after the paper branded him a ‘wife-beater’ amid allegations of domestic abuse

In the December 2018 op-Ed, the actress wrote: ‘I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.’  

The UK’s High Court ruled against Johnny following an explosive three-week trial last July, finding allegations the actor was a ‘wife beater’ were ‘substantially true.’

The judge ruled that Johnny assaulted Amber on a dozen occasions and put her in ‘fear of her life’ three times often while on drink and drugs binges, which he said turned the actor into a ‘monster’ in one of the most high-profile libel clashes in recent years.

Decisions: Amber looked at the different wines in the store before deciding

Decisions: Amber looked at the different wines in the store before deciding  

Bank holiday fun: The actress appeared in high spirits during the low-key outing in Notting Hill

Bank holiday fun: The actress appeared in high spirits during the low-key outing in Notting Hill  

Whittling away the afternoon: Amber chatted away as they inspected the wines on sale

Whittling away the afternoon: Amber chatted away as they inspected the wines on sale  

Lawyers for The Pirates of the Caribbean star had asked two Court of Appeal judges to grant permission for him to challenge the ruling, with the aim of having its findings overturned and a second trial ordered.  

They claimed the judge in Johnny’s initial libel trial had not ‘factually’ considered all the allegations of violence against him and that they had ‘fresh evidence’ Amber had ‘lied’ about giving her entire $7 million divorce settlement to charity.

They said that the charity claim influenced how her testimony was viewed, but the Court of Appeal ruled that it did not have an impact on the judge and that he would have reached the same conclusion on Heard being the victim of domestic violence.

Johnny lost his role in Warner Bros Fantastic Beasts following the High Court judgment, and the damage to his reputation risks him losing out on more roles in the future.

Cheers! It looked like it had been a successful shopping trip as Amber and her friend carried the boxes of wine to their car

Cheers! It looked like it had been a successful shopping trip as Amber and her friend carried the boxes of wine to their car 

Afternoon outing: Amber smiled as she headed home after the trip

Afternoon outing: Amber smiled as she headed home after the trip  

Legal worries: Earlier this week, it was ruled Johnny could continue with his lawsuit against Amber, based on a 2018 Washington Post op-ed Amber penned saying she was a domestic violence survivor

Legal worries: Earlier this week, it was ruled Johnny could continue with his lawsuit against Amber, based on a 2018 Washington Post op-ed Amber penned saying she was a domestic violence survivor 

Writing: In the op-Ed, she wrote: 'I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture's wrath for women who speak out'

Writing: In the op-Ed, she wrote: ‘I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out’  

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