Ellen Barkin, the ex-girlfriend of actor Johnny Depp, described a man as “jealous” and “controllable”, “angry and demanding”.
Speaking on day 29 of the defamation trial involving Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, Ms Barkin said she and Johnny – whom she played in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas – had been together for about six years. month in 1994.
When asked if Depp had ever acted in a “out of control” manner, she said “yes”.
“He once threw a bottle of wine across the hotel room while we were filming.”
In addition to “losing control”, she added that he was “just a jealous, controlling man… Where are you going? Who are you with? What are you doing?”
She said it was “very normal” for him to become “jealous and controlling”, and that when he did, he also became “angry and demanding”.
Speaking of Depp’s alcohol and drug use, she told a court in Virginia just outside Washington DC: “He’s drunk most of the time,” adding, “he’s a red wine drinker.” .
She also said that he was often “addicted” to drugs, including “marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens”. She said he did them in front of her “all the time… He was always drinking or smoking”.
Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50m (£40m), said she defamed him when she claimed in a Washington Post article that she was a victim of domestic abuse.
Heard protested $100m (£81m), claiming he had smeared her by calling her a liar.
Depp claims he never attacked Heard and that he was the victim of abuse from his ex-wife.
The court was told of a time Maria Sadanaga, a Los Angeles detective, and domestic violence coordinator, was called to Depp’s apartment in 2016 to respond to an allegation of violence.
In these cases, officers are required to record any observations of the alleged victim and the scene they find upon their arrival.
If there is any reason to suspect domestic violence has occurred, an incident report must be completed – a requirement of state law – but no such report is filed after a home visit by Depp.
The hashtags Heard
Meanwhile, Heard maintains that she was attacked by Depp and has also been publicly attacked for saying so.
Social media forensic expert Ron Schnell, appeared at Thursday’s hearing as a witness for Heard’s team.
He told the court about a number of negative hashtags he found about the actress between April 2020 and January 2021. These include:
He said most of the messages also contained the words: “Hoax, scam, fake”.
Mr. Schnell said he also ran four random tests of 1,000 tweets about Heard at the same time, and in those tests he couldn’t find a single positive tweet about the actress.
Other key moments in today’s trial:
• Mr. Depp’s former business manager Joel Mandel said the actor’s use of alcohol and drugs was “an everyday event” and it was hard to find “good days” for encounters with him.
• The court said one of Mr. Depp’s security team was paid $250,000 per year, and another $10,000 per day. Dr. Kipper – Depp’s personal physician – appears to be paid $100,000 a month.
• When asked about Depp’s friendship with rock star Marilyn Manson, former close friend Bruce Witkin said the two would “hit it (drink and smoke) pretty hard”
• Heard’s former attorney, Michelle Mulroney, was asked about a proposed prenuptial agreement between Heard and Depp prior to their wedding. She said Depp called her about it, but was “very mean, called my name and fired me”.
• The court heard that for Murder on the Orient Express, Depp was paid “$5 million for four consecutive weeks plus a good backing agreement”. For Pirates of the Caribbean 5, he was paid “$25 million
• Disney’s executive producer, Tina Newman, was asked if Depp would be in Pirates of the Caribbean 6. She told the hearing she didn’t know.
Depp has maintained that even though the Washington Post article he is complaining about doesn’t name him, it’s clearly about him. And that, he said, cost him his job as an actor.
But his former talent agent Tracey Jacobs said while on one point he was definitely “the biggest movie star in the world”, when he broke up with her agency, it was. no longer true.
“His star has faded,” she told the court, explaining it was due to “the reputation he’s gained from being late and other things… People are talking and questions are being asked. posed about his behaviour”.
She added: “Being in almost every movie – I would get yelled at… I said ‘you have to stop doing this, it hurts you’. And it did.”
Ms. Jacobs continued: “The crew loved him at first, because he was great with the crew. But the crew didn’t like to sit for hours waiting for the star to appear.
“Words spread through town – people say, it’s a small community – and that made people reluctant to use him in the end.”
She also said that he often uses headphones to deliver his lines while he is filming.
‘Some good news’
Her testimony helped push back against Depp’s defamation lawsuit, which claims the 2018 work Heard wrote, not only unfairly portrayed him as a domestic abuser, but also cost him his life. a lucrative Hollywood career, including the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise.
However, Ms. Jacobs did add that she had never seen Depp hit a woman, throw anything at a woman or in any other way act violently against a woman? “
Nor had she heard of any other women accusing Depp of abuse, or seen any injuries on Heard.
Ms Jacobs was also asked about a message from her time working with Depp, where she talked about some “good news”, and said she was talking about making money for the actor.
She explained: “We were able to help [Depp] out when he was in financial despair. We were able to secure a loan for him through Bank of America. “