Thursday, May 26

Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard trial: Who is Ellen Barkin and why will she testify?

Actress Ellen Barkin and Amber Heard‘s sister Whitney Henriquez will testify on Heard’s behalf when the latter’s defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp resumes next week.

Barkin will be called to the stand as a witness for Heard via video, while Henriquez will take the stand in person. Depp, 58, will also take the stand once again to be cross-examined by Heard’s legal team, according to ‘People’ magazine.

Henriquez and Barkin, 68, already testified on Heard’s behalf in Depp’s highly publicized case against British tabloid ‘The Sun’ for defamation.

Barkin’s representatives did not immediately respond to the magazine’s request for comment on the actress’ involvement.

Heard mentioned Henriquez during her testimony, alleging on May 5 that her sister was once near a ladder “in the line of fire … trying to get Johnny to stop” during a fight, which Heard said reminded her of a rumored incident between Depp and his ex Kate Moss.

“[Whitney] had her back to the ladder, and Johnny swings at her,” the’ Aquaman’ actress declared. “I don’t hesitate, I don’t wait: I just, in my head, instantly think of Kate Moss and the stairs,” she added.

“And I swung with him,” Heard continued about the alleged March 2015 incident between her, Henriquez and Depp. “In my entire relationship to date with Johnny, he hadn’t pulled a punch. And I, for the first time, hit him – like, really hit him. Right in the face,” she noted.

What did Ellen Barkin have to do with Johnny Depp?

According to reports, ‘Sea of Love’ actress Ellen Barkin will corroborate Amber’s testimony about Johnny’s abusive behavior and recount incidents in which she was allegedly abused at the hands of Johnny.

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Ellen previously testified against Johnny in a British defamation trial in 2020, which she lost.

Barkin, who was Depp’s girlfriend in the late 1990s while they were filming the movie ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas‘, testified during her defamation trial that she had once thrown a bottle of wine across the hotel room at him, according to Reuters.

The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ star called the claim “untrue,” asserting that Barkin held a grudge against him and adding, “I don’t have an anger management problem,” Reuters reported.

Johnny was the lead in the film in question, while Ellen had a small role as a waitress, and things quickly turned romantic between the two actors once they started working together.

According to ‘The Daily Mail’, while speaking in court in 2020, Johnny talked about his time with Ellen. He said that the two Hollywood stars had been friends for several years “before a sexual element began” while working on ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’.

In the wake of Ellen’s split from Gabriel Byrne, she and Johnny were intimate for intermittent months during the filming of the movie.

However, things changed when Johnny realized that he and Ellen were not on the same page about their future together.

“She wanted more than a relationship. She wanted a proper relationship with me and I didn’t want that,” the actor said under oath.

“I didn’t feel the same way about her that she felt about me, and I guess from that point on she got very, very angry,” Depp stressed.

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Ellen previously accused Johnny of throwing a bottle of wine at her

The issue of Ellen being very upset that Johnny was referring to comes after the actress’ damning claims, where she claimed he threw a bottle of wine at her after getting angry with her, according to Page Six.

Johnny denied wrongdoing and called Ellen’s claims false. In the time since their relationship, the two have apparently had no communication outside of court appearances.

Now, Ellen is being called as a witness in Johnny and Amber’s trial.

The trial resumes next Monday, May 16

Depp is suing Heard for defamation, arguing that her 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post about surviving domestic violence tarnished his reputation and ruined his career chances, even though she did not mention him by name in the article. He stated that after Heard’s accusations against him, he lost “nothing less than everything.”

.Johnny and Amber married in 2015 and separated in May 2016, when Heard filed a domestic violence restraining order against him, accusing him of abusing her. Depp denied the allegations, and the former couple settled their divorce out of court in August 2016.

The trial, which began April 11, was suspended last week and will resume Monday at 9 a.m. ET. Judge Penney Azcarate has ordered the jury in the Fairfax County, Virginia, case not to research anything related to the trial on the Internet while it is on hiatus.

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