This week, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's trial was put on a pause due to the judge being out of town, but when things resume on Monday, May 16, a familiar face is expected to take the stand: actress Ellen Barkin.
The Emmy winner, 68, dated Depp, 58, in the late 1990s after meeting on the set of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
The Animal Kingdom alum was actually called to testify in Depp's 2020 libel lawsuit, where he sued The Sun for labeling him as a "wife beater" due to Heard's abuse allegations. At that trial, Barkin claimed the actor once threw a wine bottle across a hotel room during an argument, which he denied, insisting that the actress fabricated her story because she held a "grudge" against him, as he only wanted a casual relationship with her.
"A sexual element began with Ms. Barkin which lasted for months on and off, really because she was making the film I was making at the time, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," Depp said in court, the Daily Mail reported. "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."
Also appearing in court next week is Heard's sister Whitney Henriquez. Her name was brought up in court a week prior, as the Aquaman star, 36, admitted that the first time she ever hit her ex-husband, Henriquez was present.
The actress recalled how she and Depp were arguing when "[Whitney] threw herself in the line of fire. Her back was to the staircase, and Johnny swings at her."
Wanting to protect her sibling, Heard interfered. "I don't hesitate, I don't wait — I just, in my head, instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs ... I swung at him," she stated. "In all of my relationship to date with Johnny, I hadn't landed a blow. And I, for the first time, hit him — like, actually hit him. Square in the face. He didn't push my sister down the stairs."