Johnny Depp's Ex Ellen Barkin Testifies About His "Controlling" Behavior During Amber Heard Trial

As a part of Johnny Depp's defamation trial against Amber Heard, the actor's ex, Ellen Barkin, testified that he exhibited "jealous" and "controlling" behavior during their relationship in the '90s.

By Gabrielle Chung May 19, 2022 11:48 PMTags

Johnny Depp's ex Ellen Barkin shared details into their past relationship as a part of the actor's ongoing legal battle with his second wife, Amber Heard.

On May 19, footage from Barkin's deposition—filmed in November 2019—was played inside a Virginia courtroom amid Depp's defamation trial against Heard. In the video, the 68-year-old actress, who appeared alongside Depp in 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, testified that her former flame exhibited "demanding" and "controlling" behavior during their time together in the '90s.

According to Barkin, their "purely platonic" friendship turned into a "sexual" one in 1994 when she moved to Hollywood. At that time, she and Depp saw each other three to four times a week for "several months," she said.

"He was just a jealous man," Barkin testified, explaining that Depp would asked her, "Where are you going? Who are you going with? What did you do last night?" 

At one point in their relationship, Barkin claimed that Depp got "very, very angry" over a scratch on her back because "he insisted it came from me having sex with a person who hasn't him." She added that it was "very common" for the Pirates of the Caribbean star to get jealous.

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Elsewhere in the deposition, Barkin allege Depp threw a wine bottle in her direction while they were hanging out at his Las Vegas hotel room during the filming of their movie. She claimed the incident happened as "a fight was going on" between Depp and someone else in the room, though she noted, "I don't know why he threw the bottle."

The New Normal alum added that Depp was the one to eventually break off their relationship, saying it was a "big goodbye" and she "never heard from him again after that." 

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Depp, 58, previously confirmed his fling with Barkin, though denied her allegation that he once threw a bottle in her direction. Per The Daily Mail, he told a London court in 2020 that he believes the Switch star holds a grudge against him because she "wanted a proper relationship with me and I did not want that. I didn't feel the same about her as she did me and I suppose from that moment on she became very, very angry and since then I have not spoken to Ms. Barkin."

According to Reuters, Depp also called Barkin's claim "untrue" and said, "I do not have an anger management problem."

The actor is embroiled in a $50 million lawsuit against his ex-wife Heard, 36, over a 2018 essay she wrote for the Washington Post, in which she described herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse" but never mentioned Depp by name. Heard is countersuing Depp, who she was married to from 2015 to 2017, for $100 million in damages.

Read on for more details about Depp's past relationships—including his fling with Barkin and marriage to Heard.

Lori Ann Allison

Depp was married to the makeup artist from 1983 to 1985.

Sherilyn Fenn

The Twin Peaks actress dated Depp in 1986 following her split from Prince.

Ellen Barkin

After several red carpet appearances in 1994, the two split following a brief relationship.

Juliette Lewis

The What's Eating Gilbert Grape co-stars reportedly dated while filming but split afterwards.

Jennifer Grey

The Dirty Dancing actress was engaged to Depp in the '80s. She recently recounted their romantic history here.

Winona Ryder

The Edward Scissorhands co-stars became engaged in 1990 and split three years later.

Kate Moss

The fashionable couple was inseparable in the '90s but split in 1998 after a four-year relationship.

Vanessa Paradis

After 14 years together, and two children, the two split up in June 2012.

Amber Heard

The actors were married from 2015 and split over a year later after she filed for divorce in late May.

Joelle Rich

A source confirmed to E! News in September 2022 that Depp was in a relationship with the attorney, who was part of the actor's legal team in his U.K. libel lawsuit against The Sun

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