Johnny Depp has appeared for a hearing in his libel case at the High Court in London against British tabloid newspaper The Sun.

The 55-year-old Hollywood actor is suing the paper's publishers and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article which alleged he had been abusive to his then wife Amber Heard.

The Pirates Of The Carribean star, wearing a suit and blue-tinted glasses, sat in court behind his lawyers at a pre-trial review hearing on Wednesday.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

Depp denies the allegations of domestic abuse and has accused Ms Heard of being the "aggressor" in their relationship, which ended in May 2016.

He listened as barrister David Sherborne told the court that the case was "very unusual" in the sense that Ms Heard's allegations against her ex-husband have been "publicly aired on a massive scale in the media", largely by the actress herself.

Mr Sherborne said the trial, which is due to start on March 23 and last for 10 days, will involve evidence which is "diametrically opposed".

Amber Heard

He told Mr Justice Nicol: "There is such a contrast between the version of events that is provided by Ms Heard and that provided by Mr Depp. It is black and white. One person, one side, is lying, and one is not.

"Obviously, we say that it is Ms Heard (who is lying), Mr Depp is 100% clear about that."

Mr Depp has brought separate libel proceedings against Ms Heard in the US, which Mr Sherborne said are "ongoing".

The couple settled their divorce out of court in 2017, with Heard donating her seven million US dollar settlement to charity.

Both actors signed non-disclosure agreements barring them from discussing their relationship publicly.

In a joint statement, they said their relationship was "intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love".

The statement added: "Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm."