To listen to actor Ellen Barkin inform it, Johnny Depp was a controlling, jealous and offended man even again within the Nineteen Nineties, when the 2 dated.

“The place are you going?” Barkin mentioned Depp would ask her. “Who’re you going with? What did you do final evening?”

Barkin added: “I had a scratch on my again as soon as that bought him very, very offended as a result of he insisted it got here from me having intercourse with an individual who wasn’t him.”

Barkin recalled her relationship with Depp throughout a beforehand taped deposition that was performed in a Virginia courtroom Thursday by attorneys for Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard.

Johnny Depp and Ellen Barkin in 1994.

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Heard’s attorneys are attempting to undermine Depp’s libel lawsuit in opposition to her. Depp says a 2018 op-ed piece Heard wrote in The Washington Publish unfairly portrayed him as a home abuser and value him a profitable Hollywood profession that included the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise.

Depp has testified he by no means struck Heard and that he was the sufferer of abuse inflicted by her. However Heard’s attorneys say these denials lack credibility as a result of he ceaselessly drank and used medicine to the purpose of blacking out.

Throughout Barkin’s deposition, she testified that Depp was “all the time consuming or smoking a joint” or doing different unlawful medicine. She mentioned she dated Depp for about three to 5 months and characterised the connection as extra sexual than romantic.

Barkin co-starred with Depp in “Concern and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Throughout filming, Barkin mentioned Depp threw a wine bottle in her path whereas he was preventing with some pals in a resort room. Nevertheless, she mentioned she didn’t know why he threw the bottle.

Ellen Barkin and Johnny Depp
Ellen Barkin and Johnny Depp

Heard’s attorneys argue that Depp’s profession free-fall was the results of his personal dangerous habits — not Heard’s op-ed. They performed witness testimony that charted the actor’s rise and fall from “the most important film star on the earth” to a person who struggled with medicine, cash and the flexibility to indicate up at film units on time.

Tracey Jacobs, who served because the actor’s agent for about 30 years, mentioned Depp was “exhibiting up late to set constantly on just about each film” throughout their ultimate years working collectively.

“I used to be very trustworthy with him and mentioned, ‘You’ve bought to cease doing this – that is hurting you,’” Jacobs mentioned. “And it did.”

Jacobs mentioned Depp was a rare expertise however his habits within the years earlier than he fired her in 2016 grew to become more and more unprofessional, whereas his drug and alcohol use elevated, Jacobs mentioned.

“And it additionally bought round city,” Jacobs mentioned. “I imply, folks discuss, it’s a small neighborhood. And it made folks reluctant to make use of him.”

Joel Mandel, Depp’s former enterprise supervisor, testified in a beforehand recorded deposition that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies had “catapulted him into a wholly completely different degree of success.”

“It meant extra staff,” Mandel mentioned. “It meant shopping for further property. … It meant an even bigger life and a costlier one.”

Issues started to vary round 2010, and it “grew to become clear over time that there have been points with alcohol and medicines,” Mandel mentioned. “And that translated into extra erratic habits, extra demanding habits, extra occasions when it was tough to interact within the sorts of conversations I wanted to do my job.”

At one level, Depp was spending round $100,000 a month for a physician and employees to assist him get sober, Mandel mentioned. At one other, he was spending $300,000 a month on full-time employees, he mentioned. And he mentioned there additionally had been occasions when Depp spent 1000’s of {dollars} a month on pharmaceuticals.

“The spending ranges had grown very, very, very giant and required that degree of extremely excessive earnings to be maintained,” Mandel mentioned. “And when it dropped off, the disconnect grew to become untenable.”

Mandel mentioned he grew to become extraordinarily anxious about Depp’s funds in 2015, however that Depp met these issues with anger. He mentioned the actor fired him in 2016.

Bruce Witkin, a musician who was pals with Depp for almost 40 years, testified in a beforehand recorded deposition that Depp may change into jealous in his romantic relationships.

That jealousy was demonstrated with Heard when she can be off filming a film “or doing one thing that he couldn’t be round to see what was getting into,” Witkin mentioned. “I feel he would work himself up.”

Witkin mentioned he as soon as noticed bruises on Heard’s arm when he and Depp had been engaged on a documentary about Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. And he noticed Depp with a “fats lip” one time. However Witkin mentioned he by no means noticed Depp or Heard bodily abuse one another.

Witkin mentioned he tried to assist Depp together with his substance abuse and had set him up with a therapist.

“He’d say, ‘I’ll be all proper. I’ll be all proper,’” Witkin mentioned, recalling a dialog. “Effectively, you’re not all proper.”

Depp’s sister, Christi Dembrowski, was all the time involved together with his well-being, each by way of his substance abuse and usually, Witkin mentioned.

“Everyone, I feel, deep down inside was, however … the folks on the payroll gained’t actually say a lot. They’ll attempt however they don’t wish to lose their job,” Witkin mentioned. “I’m not saying all of them fall into the class. However it’s an odd factor round folks like him. Everyone desires one thing.”

Witkin mentioned his friendship with Depp started to dissolve towards the top of 2017, when the actor began to tug away.

“He wrote me this bizarre textual content saying I stabbed him within the again and badmouthed him,” Witkin mentioned. “And I’m like, ‘What are you speaking about?’ And he wouldn’t clarify it. And I just about haven’t seen him since 2018.”