Johnny Depp's ex Ellen Barkin slams actor as an 'abuser' in unseen video testimony

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By Asiya Ali

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Ellen Barkin revealed in an unseen video testimony that there was a "world of violence" around Johnny Depp.

The claims were disclosed in an unsealed 6,000-page document from the highly publicized defamation case, which concluded with a jury favoring Depp, 59, and awarding him over $10 million in his legal battle against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Among the many details to come to light was Depp's former girlfriend, Barkin, 68, who made more statements about the Pirates of the Caribbean star in her recorded deposition.

Barkin alleged in her testimony that Depp once called an assistant a "pig" and often disrespected people he thought were beneath him.

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Johnny Depp and Ellen Barkin attend 'APLA Fashion Show Honoring Isaac MIzrahi' on May 4, 1994. Credit: Barry King / Alamy.

Barkin disclosed that she first met the Edwards Scissorhands actor around 1990, and the pair formed a friendship in 1994 after they starred in the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas together.

The actress said the friendship went from a "purely platonic friendship to romantic," then reiterated to correct the record and stated that it was a sexual relationship.

According to her, the relationship lasted several months and she would go to the actor's house or he would come to hers, about three or four times a week.

Their association came to an end when Depp allegedly threw a bottle of wine at her at a hotel in Sin City during a fight "between him and his friends in the room and the assistant".

While the jury did see some of Barkin's video deposition, the transcript of the rest was revealed this week. In the text, Barkin was asked if Depp could be "incredibly charming".

She answered: "Most abusers are," to which she clarified that she meant: "the big umbrella term of abusers".

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Ellen Barkin's recorded testimony at the defamation trial. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy

Talking about the incident where the actor threw a bottle of wine at her, Barkin said she "wasn’t surprised" as "there was always an air of violence" around him. She added: "He’s a yeller, he is verbally abusive. And those things you can see".

Barkin was then asked to explain who Depp yelled at and she said: "His assistant. People who would work on the film maybe, in what he would view as a lower capacity than he functions at. There is just a world of violence."

She also said in a recorded testimony on May 19 that her former lover was "jealous" and "controlling" during their short time together, explaining that he would ask: "'Where are you going? Who are you going with? What did you do last night?'"

"I had a scratch on my back once that got him very, very angry because he insisted it came from having sex with a person who wasn't him," she added.

Barkin added that jealous comments from the Fantastic Beasts actor were "very common" and he would get enraged and "demanding" when the subject came up.

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Johnny Depp's ex Ellen Barkin slams actor as an 'abuser' in unseen video testimony

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Ellen Barkin revealed in an unseen video testimony that there was a "world of violence" around Johnny Depp.

The claims were disclosed in an unsealed 6,000-page document from the highly publicized defamation case, which concluded with a jury favoring Depp, 59, and awarding him over $10 million in his legal battle against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Among the many details to come to light was Depp's former girlfriend, Barkin, 68, who made more statements about the Pirates of the Caribbean star in her recorded deposition.

Barkin alleged in her testimony that Depp once called an assistant a "pig" and often disrespected people he thought were beneath him.

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Johnny Depp and Ellen Barkin attend 'APLA Fashion Show Honoring Isaac MIzrahi' on May 4, 1994. Credit: Barry King / Alamy.

Barkin disclosed that she first met the Edwards Scissorhands actor around 1990, and the pair formed a friendship in 1994 after they starred in the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas together.

The actress said the friendship went from a "purely platonic friendship to romantic," then reiterated to correct the record and stated that it was a sexual relationship.

According to her, the relationship lasted several months and she would go to the actor's house or he would come to hers, about three or four times a week.

Their association came to an end when Depp allegedly threw a bottle of wine at her at a hotel in Sin City during a fight "between him and his friends in the room and the assistant".

While the jury did see some of Barkin's video deposition, the transcript of the rest was revealed this week. In the text, Barkin was asked if Depp could be "incredibly charming".

She answered: "Most abusers are," to which she clarified that she meant: "the big umbrella term of abusers".

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Ellen Barkin's recorded testimony at the defamation trial. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy

Talking about the incident where the actor threw a bottle of wine at her, Barkin said she "wasn’t surprised" as "there was always an air of violence" around him. She added: "He’s a yeller, he is verbally abusive. And those things you can see".

Barkin was then asked to explain who Depp yelled at and she said: "His assistant. People who would work on the film maybe, in what he would view as a lower capacity than he functions at. There is just a world of violence."

She also said in a recorded testimony on May 19 that her former lover was "jealous" and "controlling" during their short time together, explaining that he would ask: "'Where are you going? Who are you going with? What did you do last night?'"

"I had a scratch on my back once that got him very, very angry because he insisted it came from having sex with a person who wasn't him," she added.

Barkin added that jealous comments from the Fantastic Beasts actor were "very common" and he would get enraged and "demanding" when the subject came up.

Featured image credit: lev radin / Alamy