According to a source familiar with the matters at Amber Heard’s camp, actress Ellen Barkin will be called as a defense witness in her ex Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Heard. Barkin, 68, dated Depp, 58, for a short time in 1997 while filming “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.
Johnny Depp and Ellen Barkin’s relationship:
Ellen rose to notoriety after starring in the movie Diner. She has also featured in the hit movie Ocean’s Thirteen. Johnny and Ellen are said to have acquainted while filming Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. According to Elle, she was nine years older than Johnny when they shortly dated in 1999. From 1988 to 1999, Ellen was married to Gabriel Byrne, then from 2000 to 2006, she was the wife of Ronald Perelman. In between these two marriages, she had a connection with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. Following Ellen, Johnny dated Kate Moss and Vanessa Paradis before starting a romance with Amber in 2012.
What Ellen Barkin said in the UK defamation case:
Barkin is due to appear by video conferencing at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Virginia, despite Depp’s side dismissing her as a bitter former flame. She and Heard have become friends. Barkin testified in the UK defamation lawsuit that Depp flung a wine bottle in her way during a heated argument. She further reported that no one was injured since the bottle did not hit anyone. Depp disputed the charge, stating she had a vendetta against him. Heard has had Barkin on her witness list since March. The “Ocean’s Thirteen” actress was the fourth wife of billionaire banker Ron Perelman, but the couple had a tumultuous divorce, with Perelman accusing her of misappropriating funds.
What can we expect from the remaining trial:
Interestingly, none of Heard or Depp’s ex-partners have been called to testify yet, so Barkin will be the first. For the ones living under a rock, Johnny Depp has sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for USD 50 million on defamation claims stemming from her Washington Post op-ed. Heard countersued Depp for $100 million, and the trial’s public airing has become an online sensation, with fans and onlookers alike closely following the proceedings. Amber Heard will take the stand for the second time on Monday. This time around, the actress is set to be cross-examined by Depp’s lawyers, with many Depp fans anxiously anticipating it to set the records straight.