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Actor Johnny Depp’s ex-girlfriend Ellen Barkin described a “jealous” and “controlling” man who was “angry and demanding”.

Speaking during the 29th day of the libel trial involving Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, Ms Barkin said she and Johnny – who she starred with in the film Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas – were together for about six months in 1994.

When asked if Depp had ever acted in an “out of control” manner, she replied “yes.”

“He once threw a bottle of wine into the hotel room while we were filming.”

Besides being “out of control”, she added that he was “just a jealous, controlling man…Where are you going? Who are you with? What are you doing?”

She says it was “very common” for him to become “jealous and controlling”, and that when he did, he also became “angry and demanding”.

Speaking of Depp’s drinking and drug use, she told the Virginia court just outside Washington DC: ‘He was drunk most of the time’, adding ‘he was a red wine drinker’.

She also says he was often “high” on drugs, including “marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens.” She says he made them in front of her “all the time…he was always drinking or smoking a joint.”

Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50m (£40m), claiming she defamed him when she claimed in a Washington Post article that she had been the victim of domestic abuse.

Heard counterattacked for $100m (£81m), arguing he smeared it by calling her a liar.

Depp claims he never hit Heard and that he was abused by his ex-wife.

The court was told of a time when Maria Sadanaga, a Los Angeles detective and domestic violence coordinator, was called to Depp’s apartment in 2016 to respond to an allegation of abuse.

Officers are required in these circumstances to note any sightings of the alleged victim and the scene they find upon arrival.

If there is reason to suspect that domestic violence has taken place, an incident report is supposed to be filed — a requirement of state law — but no such report was filed after the incident. visit to Depp’s home.

These Heard hashtags

Meanwhile, Heard maintained that she was attacked by Depp and was also attacked publicly for saying so.

Social media forensic expert Ron Schnell appeared in Thursday’s hearing as a witness for Heard’s team.

He told the court about some of the negative hashtags he found about the actress between April 2020 and January 2021. They included:

  • #WeJustDontLikeYouAmber
  • #AmberTurd
  • #AmberHeardIsAnAbuser

He says the majority of the messages also contained the words: “Hoax, Fraud, Fake”.

Mr. Schnell said he also conducted four random 1,000-tweet tests of Heard at a time, and during those tests he could not find a single positive tweet about the actress.

Other key moments in court today:
• Mr Depp’s former business manager, Joel Mandel, says the actor’s use of alcohol and drugs was “a daily occurrence” and that it was difficult to find “good days” for them to meet.
• The court heard that a member of Mr. Depp’s security team was paid $250,000 a year and an additional $10,000 a day. Dr. Kipper — Depp’s private doctor — was apparently paid $100,000 a month.
• Asked about Depp’s friendship with rock star Marilyn Manson, former close friend Bruce Witkin said they were both going to ‘hit (drink and smoke weed) pretty hard’
• Heard’s former lawyer, Michelle Mulroney, was asked about a proposed prenuptial agreement between Heard and Depp before they married. She said Depp called her about it, but she was “very mean, called me names and fired me.”
• The court heard that for Murder On The Orient Express, Depp was paid “$5 million for four consecutive weeks plus a good deal of substance”. For Pirates of the Caribbean 5, he was paid “25 million dollars
• Tina Newman, Disney’s production manager, was asked if Depp would be in Pirates of the Caribbean 6. She told the audience that she didn’t know.

fall out of favor

Depp has always maintained that even though the Washington Post article he is complaining about did not name him, it was clear that it was him. And that, he says, led to him losing his acting job.

But Tracey Jacobs, his former talent agent, said that at one point he was without a doubt “the biggest movie star in the world”, when he parted ways with his agency it wasn’t no longer the case.

“His star had faded,” she told the court and explained that it was due to “the reputation he had gained because of the delay and other things…People were talking and the question was there about his behavior”.

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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

She added: “Showing up late to consistently shoot on pretty much every movie – I was yelled at…I said ‘you gotta stop doing this, it hurts’. And it did.”

Ms Jacobs continued: “At first the crews loved him because he was so great with the crew. But the crews don’t like to sit around for hours and hours waiting for the star to show up.

“The news went around town – people are talking, it’s a small community – and it made people reluctant to use it towards the end.”

She also says he regularly used headphones to have his lines transmitted to her during filming.

‘Some good news’

His testimony served to fend off Depp’s libel suit which claims the 2018 op-ed Heard wrote not only unfairly portrayed him as a domestic abuser, but also cost him a lucrative Hollywood career that included the movie franchise. “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Ms. Jacobs added, however, that she had never seen Depp hit a woman, throw anything at a woman or act violently towards a woman in any way?

She also hadn’t heard of other women accusing Depp of violence, or seen injuries on Heard.

Ms Jacobs was also asked about a post while working with Depp, when she spoke of “good news”, and said she was talking about getting money for the actor.

She explained: “We were able to help [Depp] when he was in financial desperation. We were able to get him a loan through Bank of America.”

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