Ellen Barkin dated Johnny Depp: "Ocean’s 13"-Star testifies for Amber Heard

Ellen Barkin dated Johnny Depp
‘Ocean’s 13’ star testifies for Amber Heard

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial will continue with new witnesses starting Monday next week. Actress Ellen Barkin will also testify under oath. She was in a relationship with Depp in the 1990s – and is now on Heard’s side.

Johnny Depp returns to the witness stand next week, along with his opponent Amber Heard, her sister Whitney Henríquez and ‘Ocean’s 13’ actress Ellen Barkin. As “Entertainment Weekly” further reports, Depp’s defamation trial against his ex-wife will continue on May 16 in Fairfax County, Virginia. The hearing, which was suspended this week because the judge had to attend another hearing, will be broadcast live on Monday on Court TV and Law & Crime (also on YouTube).

Heard will complete her testimony at the retrial. She could then be cross-examined later on Monday. Depp is also expected to return to the witness stand for a second time, this time as a defense witness, after days of testifying on his own behalf about his tumultuous relationship with his ex-wife.

Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, and actress Ellen Barkin are also expected to testify on behalf of the defense. Both Henriquez and Barkin similarly testified as witnesses for Heard during Depp’s failed 2020 defamation lawsuit against The Sun. The actor had sued the British newspaper over language that referred to him as a “wife hitter” in an article related to Heard’s abuse allegations.

Did Depp throw bottle at Barkin?

Barkin dated Depp while filming Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) in the late 1990s. During the defamation trial in the UK, she allegedly testified that during a heated moment in a hotel room, Depp threw a bottle of wine at her. Depp denied the allegation, claiming Barkin harbored a grudge against him. Other exes of the actor, including Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis, have publicly defended Depp.

Barkin, who recently starred in TNT’s Animal Kingdom, has been on Heard’s witness list since March. However, it is still unclear whether other stars on the list, such as Elon Musk and James Franco, will also take the stand. However, various US media had reported in recent weeks that the Tesla boss and the actor would not testify for Heard.

Heard’s sister, who lived for a time in one of Depp’s Los Angeles penthouses, was also on the witness list from the beginning and her name came up during the trial. US law enforcement officials said they were called to the Los Angeles penthouse in 2016 following a domestic violence call, but found no evidence of a crime. During Depp’s trial in the UK, Henriquez testified that she saw bruises on Heard’s face early in her relationship with Depp.

The ‘Aquaman’ actress also mentioned her sister when she once admitted hitting Depp. During a heated argument in March 2015, Depp reportedly slapped Henríquez when she was trying to end an argument between the couple, according to Heard. “[Whitney]was standing with his back to the stairs and Johnny was hitting her,” she said Thursday. “And I hit him,” she continued. “In my entire relationship with Johnny I hadn’t hit once.” This time she actually hit him, “right in the face”.

‘Beating her ex almost to death’

Depp’s team has also referenced Henriquez, claiming that in a video she and Heard can be seen laughing and acting out a “fake punch,” which the actor’s attorneys say was exercise for Heard to avoid “abuse by pretend fool”. One of Depp’s bodyguards also testified under oath that the argument between Depp, Heard and Henríquez did not take place as Heard claimed.

Johnny Depp also gets support – not in court, but on social media – from the ex-girlfriend of British Prince Andrew. Lady Victoria Hervey called Amber Heard “disgusting” and accused the actress of violence towards a former friend. In a comment on Instagram, she wrote: “Please don’t defend her, she is a horrible person. She used to have her ex Tasya (van Ree, editor’s note) nearly beaten to death who went to the same yoga school I go to and showed it to our yoga teachers. She is vile and a pathological liar.”

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post article in which she shared her experiences as a survivor of domestic violence. Though Heard never mentions Depp by name, his attorneys argue that the references to their client — and Heard’s previous abuse allegations following their 2017 divorce — are clear. They claim the essay harmed Depp’s career and reputation. Heard filed a $100 million countersuit alleging that Depp and his legal team defamed her by calling her claims false.

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