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Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard: Actor’s ex says he was ‘controlling,’ ‘jealous’ – Nationwide

Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard: Actor’s ex says he was ‘controlling,’ ‘jealous’ – Nationwide

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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 incessantly 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 stated 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 stated Depp threw a wine bottle in her path whereas he was preventing with some buddies in a lodge room. Nonetheless, she stated she didn’t know why he threw the bottle.

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Heard’s attorneys argue that Depp’s profession free-fall was the results of his personal unhealthy behaviour — 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 power to point out up at film units on time.

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

“I used to be very sincere with him and stated, ‘You’ve obtained to cease doing this — that is hurting you,’” Jacobs stated. “And it did.”

Jacobs stated Depp was a rare expertise however his behaviour 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 stated.

“And it additionally obtained round city,” Jacobs stated. “I imply, individuals speak, it’s a small neighborhood. And it made individuals 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 totally different stage of success.”

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

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Issues started to vary round 2010, and it “grew to become clear over time that there have been points with alcohol and medicines,” Mandel stated. “And that translated into extra erratic behaviour, extra anxious behaviour, extra instances when it was troublesome to have interaction within the sorts of conversations I wanted to do my job.”

At one level, Depp was spending round $100,000 a month for a health care provider and workers to assist him get sober, Mandel stated. At one other, he was spending $300,000 a month on full-time workers, he stated. And he stated there additionally have been instances when Depp spent 1000’s of {dollars} a month on pharmaceuticals.

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

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

Bruce Witkin, a musician who was buddies with Depp for almost 40 years, testified in a beforehand recorded deposition that Depp may develop 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 stated. “I feel he would work himself up.”

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

Witkin stated 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 stated, recalling a dialog. “Properly, you’re not all proper.”

Depp’s sister, Christi Dembrowski, was all the time involved together with his well-being, each when it comes to his substance abuse and usually, Witkin stated.

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

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Witkin stated his friendship with Depp started to dissolve towards the tip of 2017, when the actor began to drag away.

“He wrote me this bizarre textual content saying I stabbed him within the again and badmouthed him,” Witkin stated. “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.”

The trial is ongoing.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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