'Jealous and controlling' Depp threw wine bottle across the room during fight, says ex

19 May 2022, 22:32 | Updated: 20 May 2022, 09:45

Ellen Barkin's recorded testimony from 2019 was played in court on Thursday
Ellen Barkin's recorded testimony from 2019 was played in court on Thursday. Picture: Getty

By Daisy Stephens

Johnny Depp's ex-girlfriend has told a court he was "jealous and controlling" and claimed he once threw a wine bottle across the room during a fight.

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Actress Ellen Barkin appeared in the film Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas alongside Mr Depp, and had a romantic relationship with him in the 90s.

"He once threw a wine bottle across the hotel room while we were filming Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas," she said when she was asked if Mr Depp ever acted in a way that was "out of control".

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She then said: "He's just a jealous man, controlling, asking me 'where are you going? Who are you with? What are you doing?'"

She claimed Mr Dep had become "very very angry" when she had a scratch on her back, and "accused me of sleeping with someone else".

She added it was common for him to be "jealous and controlling".

Ellen Barkin said Mr Depp was jealous and controlling in a recorded testimony
Ellen Barkin said Mr Depp was jealous and controlling in a recorded testimony. Picture: Getty

Also on Thursday, a friend of actor Amber Heard testified she saw bruises and cuts left in the aftermath of multiple incidents of abuse inflicted by Mr Depp, her ex-husband.

In a recorded deposition played for jurors, Raquel Pennington said she never personally witnessed Mr Depp strike Ms Heard.

But she said she saw the injuries, and she took photos of Ms Heard's face in December 2015 after a fight in which Ms Heard says Mr Depp head-butted her and perhaps broke her nose.

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The photo shows a swollen nose, a cut lip and two moderately black eyes on Ms Heard's face.

She also took a photo of strands of hair that she said were ripped from Ms Heard's scalp.

Ms Heard "often had to cover bruises and injuries on her face" with makeup, Ms Pennington said in the January 2022 deposition.

Ms Pennington said she did not really consider herself a current friend of Ms Heard, and that the two grew apart in the last year.

Mr Depp has denied all allegations
Mr Depp has denied all allegations. Picture: Getty

Mr Depp is suing Ms Heard for libel in Virginia's Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse".

His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name.

The trial is now in its fifth week.

Mr Depp says he never struck Ms Heard and that he was the victim of abuse inflicted by Ms Heard.

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The December 2015 fight is one of several that were disputed.

While jurors have seen the photos taken by Ms Pennington documenting the injuries, they have also seen video of Ms Heard's appearance on a late-night talk show the next day in which those injuries were not visible.

Ms Heard has said the injuries were just covered by makeup.

Ms Heard said her injuries were concealed by make up
Ms Heard said her injuries were concealed by make up. Picture: Getty

Ms Pennington's testimony comes after Ms Heard wrapped up her time on the witness stand, including two gruelling days of cross-examination in which Mr Depp's lawyers questioned Ms Heard about the truthfulness of her allegations of physical and sexual abuse.

Ms Pennington's testimony provides corroborating evidence to several of the alleged assaults.

In addition to the December 2015 incident, Ms Pennington said she saw cuts on Ms Heard's feet when she returned from a trip to Australia in March 2015.

Ms Heard testified that Mr Depp sexually assaulted Ms Heard with a liquor bottle on that trip and that she cut her feet on broken glass from the attack.

And Ms Pennington, who lived for a time in a suite of penthouses along with Mr Depp and Ms Heard, said she was the first person to see Ms Heard during a final fight between the couple in May 2016 that precipitated the couple's divorce.