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Johnny Depp has been refused permission to appeal against a High Court ruling that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Last year, the US actor lost his libel case against the publisher of The Sun over an article that labelled him a “wife beater”.

Mr Depp asked the Court of Appeal for permission to challenge the ruling.

But on Thursday, a judge refused his application and said his appeal had “no real prospect of success”.

What was the original ruling?

The Sun’s article, published in April 2018, was the focus of a three-week trial in

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