Actor Johnny Depp’s ex girlfriend Ellen Barkin, has described a “jealous” and “controlling man” who was “angry and demanding”.
Talking throughout day 29 of the libel trial involving Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, Ms Barkin mentioned she and Johnny – who she had starred within the movie Concern And Loathing In Las Vegas with – have been collectively for about six months in 1994.
When requested if Depp ever acted in a manner that was “out of control” she mentioned “yes”.
“He once threw a wine bottle across the hotel room while we were filming.”
Except for being “out of control,” she added he was “just a jealous man, controlling… Where are you going? Who are you with? What are you doing?”
She says it was “very common” for him to turn into “jealous and controlling”, and that when he did he additionally turned “angry and demanding”.
Speaking about Depp’s use of alcohol and medicines, she instructed the courtroom in Virginia simply exterior Washington DC: “He was drunk most of the time,” including, “he was a red wine drinker”.
She additionally says he was usually “high” on medicine, together with “marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogenics”. She says he did them in entrance of her “all of the time… He was always drinking or smoking a joint”.
Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50m (£40m), saying she defamed him when she claimed in a Washington Submit article she was a sufferer of home abuse.
Heard has countersued for $100m (£81m), arguing he smeared her by calling her a liar.
Depp claims he by no means struck Heard and that he was the sufferer of abuse from his ex-wife.
The courtroom was instructed a few time Maria Sadanaga, a Los Angeles detective, and home violence coordinator, was referred to as to Depp’s condo in 2016 to reply to an allegation of violence.
Officers are required in these circumstances to notice any observations of the alleged sufferer, and the scene they discover after they arrive.
If there may be any trigger to suspect home violence has taken place, an incident report is meant to be crammed out – a requirement of state legislation – however no such report was crammed out after the go to to Depp’s residence.
These Heard hashtags
In the meantime, Heard has maintained she was attacked by Depp and has additionally been attacked publicly for saying so.
Social media forensic skilled Ron Schnell, appeared throughout Thursday’s listening to as a witness for Heard’s staff.
He instructed the courtroom about a few of the damaging hashtags he discovered concerning the actress between April 2020 and January 2021. They included:
He says nearly all of messages additionally contained the phrases: “Hoax, fraud, fake”.
Mr Schnell mentioned he additionally did 4 random assessments of 1,000 tweets about Heard at one time, and through these assessments he couldn’t discover a single tweet that was optimistic concerning the actress.
Different key moments in courtroom at the moment:
• Mr Depp’s former enterprise supervisor Joel Mandel mentioned the actor’s use of alcohol and medicines was “a daily event,” and it was laborious to seek out “good days” for conferences with him
• The courtroom heard considered one of Mr Depp’s safety staff was paid $250,000 per 12 months, and one other $10,000 per day. Dr Kipper – Depp’s non-public doctor – was apparently paid $100,000 monthly.
• Requested about Depp’s friendship with rock star Marilyn Manson, former shut good friend Bruce Witkin mentioned they’d each “hit it (drink and smoke weed) pretty hard”
• Heard’s former legal professional Michelle Mulroney was requested a few proposed prenuptial settlement between Heard and Depp forward of their marriage ceremony. She mentioned Depp referred to as her about it, however was “very mean, called me names and fired me”.
• The courtroom heard that for Homicide On The Orient Specific Depp was paid “$5m for four consecutive weeks plus a good back end deal”. For Pirates of The Caribbean 5, he was paid “$25m
• Disney production executive Tina Newman, was asked if Depp will be in Pirates of the Caribbean 6. She tells the hearing she doesn’t know.
Fall from grace
Depp has always maintained even though the Washington Post article he is complaining about did not name him, it was clear it was about him. And that, he says, led to him losing work as an actor.
But Tracey Jacobs, his former talent agent said although as one point he was undoubtedly “the largest film star on the earth”, when he parted company with her agency that was no longer the case.
“His star had dimmed” she told the court and explained it was due to “the fame he had acquired as a consequence of lateness and different issues… Individuals have been speaking and the query was on the market about his behaviour”.
She added: “Showing up late to set consistently on virtually every movie – I would get yelled at….I said ‘you’ve got to stop doing this, it’s hurting you’. And it did.”
Ms Jacobs went on: “Initially crews loved him, as he was so great with the crew. But crews don’t like sitting around for hours and hours waiting for the star to turn up.
“Phrase received round city – individuals speak, it is a small neighborhood – and it made individuals reluctant to make use of him towards the top.”
She also says he regularly used earpieces to have his lines fed to him while he was filming.
‘Some good news’
Her testimony served to push back against Depp’s libel lawsuit which claims the 2018 op-ed piece Heard wrote, not only unfairly portrayed him as a domestic abuser but also cost him a lucrative Hollywood career that included the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise.
Ms Jacobs did add, however, that she had never seen Depp hit a woman, throw anything at a woman or in any other way act violently towards a woman?”
Nor had she heard of every other girls accusing Depp of violence, or seen any accidents on Heard.
Ms Jacobs was additionally requested a few message throughout her time working with Depp, when she talked about some “good news”, and says she was speaking about acquiring money for the actor.
She defined: “We were able to help [Depp] out when he was in financial desperation. We were able to secure a loan for him through Bank of America.”