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Why Ellen Barkin Is Testifying At Johnny Depp & Amber Heard's Trial Next Week

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May 16 2022, Updated 1:09 a.m. ET

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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."

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