Ellen Barkin testifies towards Johnny Depp: A take a look at exes’ romance and what she stated on the stand


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Ellen Barkin testified towards ex Johnny Depp in a prerecorded deposition performed Thursday for jurors throughout the ongoing defamation trial towards his ex-wife Amber Heard that started in Fairfax, Virginia, April 11.

The 68-year-old actress referred to as her ex-boyfriend and former “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” co-star “controlling” and “jealous” in testimony proven on the Fairfax County Courthouse.

She described their relationship beginning purely as “sexual” after they first met within the ’90s and turning romantic almost a decade after that friendship began. 

Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for the Washington Publish alleging she was the sufferer of home abuse. She didn’t title Depp within the opinion piece, however Depp claims the allegations crippled his profession and made him a pariah in Hollywood.


Heard countersued for $100 million, accusing the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star and his former lawyer of conspiring to “destroy and defame” her.

Ellen Barkin testified against ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp in a prerecorded deposition Thursday

Ellen Barkin testified towards ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp in a prerecorded deposition Thursday
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‘Fear and Loathing’

Depp starred as Raoul Duke alongside Benicio Del Toro within the psychedelic cult basic movie based mostly on the 1971 novel by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

The film premiered in 1998 and included a number of rising stars turned Hollywood heavy hitters, together with Tobey Maguire, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci, Christopher Meloni, Verne Troyer and Crimson Sizzling Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea.

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On set of the flick, which was filmed as an epic journey via the Arizona desert to Las Vegas, Barkin performed a minor function as a waitress.

She was separated on the time from her estranged husband, actor Gabriel Bryne, and their divorce was finalized in 1999 after almost 11 years of marriage.


Benicio Del Toro and Johnny Depp at the New York premiere of

Benicio Del Toro and Johnny Depp on the New York premiere of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” in 1998.
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Trial Testimony

The Emmy Award-winning actress testified that their relationship lasted not than six months.

“We just developed a friendship over time that lasted, I guess, if we met in the ’90s, maybe 10 years, a little less,” Barkin stated, including, “the friendship went up and down living on different coasts.”

Barkin moved from New York to Hollywood, the place she stated issues took a extra severe flip between the pair.

Their relationship finally “became romantic in nature … the friendship went from a purely platonic friendship to a romantic one.” She then corrected herself, saying, “Can you change that to sexual?”


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She stated it lasted “several months,” and they’d get collectively “three or four times a week.”

“He was drunk all the … most … a lot of the time. He was a red wine drinker,” she stated. 

Barkin additionally stated that over the course of their relationship, it was “very common” for Depp to be controlling or jealous, including that he turned indignant and “demanding.”

“I had a scratch on my back once that got him very, very angry because he insisted it came from me having sex with a person who wasn’t him,” Barkin recalled.

Johnny Depp and Ellen Barkin at the APLA Fashion show in LA in 1994.

Johnny Depp and Ellen Barkin on the APLA Trend present in LA in 1994.
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“Did there come a time Mr. Depp acted in a way that was out of control with you?” Heard’s lawyer requested.

“Mr. Depp threw a wine bottle across the hotel room in Las Vegas when we were shooting,” she stated. “A fight was going on … between Johnny Depp and his friend in the room, the assistant. Honestly I don’t remember.”

He hurled the bottle in her route, and it hit a wall, she stated.

She additionally recalled listening to Depp consult with his assistant as “The Pig” and remembered the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star breaking apart together with her throughout a two-day stint in Los Angeles.

“I went to go home,” she stated. “There was a big goodbye, crying, a lot of jealous and don’t do this, and I never heard that from him again after that.”

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Barkin beforehand testified as a witness for Heard in Depp’s failed libel swimsuit in 2020 after he took a U.Okay. publication to court docket for calling him a “wife beater” in a chunk associated to Heard’s allegations.

Barkin recalled an incident by which Depp threw a wine bottle at her throughout an argument in a jealous match of rage.

Amber Heard during cross-examination at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., May 16, 2022. 

Amber Heard throughout cross-examination on the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Could 16, 2022. 
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“Untrue,” Depp replied, earlier than including it was Barkin who held a grudge. “I do not have an anger management problem.”

Depp sued the location over a 2018 article, “Gone Potty: How can J.K. Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”


After a 16-day trial, Depp misplaced when Decide Andrew Nicol dominated the article was “substantially true” and that “the great majority of alleged assaults of Ms. Heard by Mr. Depp have been proved to the civil standard.”

Heard’s lawyers reacted to the decision. 

“For those of us present for the London High Court trial, this decision and judgment are not a surprise,” they stated. “Very soon, we will be presenting even more voluminous evidence in the U.S.”


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