As fans of both Johnny Depp and Ellen Barkin, we were glued to the courtroom in anticipation of her testimony. (We were not disappointed.)
Johnny Depp’s ex-girlfriend has testified that the actor was “always drinking, smoking a joint, or doing other illegal drugs.” The actress, who is not being named in order to protect her privacy, told a court during a hearing that she had seen Depp using cocaine and marijuana. She also said that he had been abusive to her in the past. In a statement released to reporters after the hearing, Depp’s lawyer called the allegations “baseless and malicious.”
Even when the two were dating in the 1990s, Johnny Depp was a controlling, jealous, and angry man, according to actress Ellen Barkin.
“What are your plans?” Barkin stated that Depp would approach her. “What are your plans? What did you do the night before?”
“I had a scratch on my back once that got him very, very angry because he insisted it came from me having sex with someone who wasn’t him,” Barkin continued.
During a previously taped deposition played in a Virginia courtroom Thursday by lawyers for Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard, Barkin recalled her relationship with Depp.
According to Heard, Depp would often become violent when drunk or high on drugs and would lash out at her. She says she once had to call the police after Depp threw a wine glass at her head.
“I always thought it was important for people to know that if they are in an abusive relationship and they are holding back on leaving because they think their partner will change, that’s not going to happen,” Heard said. “The person who’s being abused is going to be more likely to stay in that situation.”
Heard is one of several women who have come forward accusing Depp of violence in the past.
In a previously recorded deposition, Joel Mandel, Depp’s former business manager, claimed that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films “catapulted him into a whole different level of prosperity.”
“It means more people,” Mandel explained. “It meant purchasing more land. It meant a longer and more costly life.”
Around 2010, things started to shift, and it “became evident over time that there were issues with alcohol and narcotics,” according to Mandel. “And that translated into more erratic behaviour, more stressful behaviour, and more instances when it was difficult to engage in the kinds of interactions I required to accomplish my work,” says the author.
Witkin claimed that his connection with Depp began to sour around the end of 2017, when the actor began to distance himself.
Witkin stated, “He sent me this crazy text alleging I stabbed him in the back and badmouthed him.” “‘What are you talking about?’ I think to myself. He also refused to say why. And it’s been a long time since I’ve seen him.”