Although Johnny Depp won the lawsuit against his ex Amber Heard, the unsealed documents on the lawsuit are now making waves. In it, actress Ellen Barkin alleges that Depp drugged her before sex during a previous relationship.
The 6,000 pages of unsealed court documents surrounding Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's lawsuit reveal numerous juicy details that weren't discussed at trial. In a pre-recorded video post in May, Ellen Barkin, one of Depp's ex-girlfriends, testified about her relationship with the actor. However, not everything was shown in court: The unsealed preliminary hearing documents now contain further statements by the 68-year-old Barkin, who cast a bad light on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star. This is reported by several US media, including the "New York Post".
During the first sex, Johnny Depp gave her drugs, the actress accuses him of. Literally, she said he gave her "Quaaludes" and asked her if she wanted to have sex with him. Quaaludes is another term for the drug methaqualone, which is used as an intoxicant. Depp's legal team asked the court to exclude certain evidence, including Barkin's testimony, ahead of the defamation trial.
Even without this statement, Johnny Depp did not get off well in the Ellen Barkin trial. The actress began a relationship with Depp, now 59, in 1998 while filming the cult film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". The actor was constantly drunk at the time, she said in court. The two saw each other about four times a week. He was often under the influence of drugs.
He mainly consumed red wine, marijuana, cocaine and hallucinogens. "He was always drinking and smoking joints!" Barkin said. Depp did not become violent. But he was a jealous man who always wanted to control everything, she claimed. "Where are you going? Who are you meeting? What are you doing?" Depp always wanted to know from her. Once he threw a wine bottle through a hotel room in anger. But they didn't meet anyone.
In early June, Depp won the defamation lawsuit against Heard after around six weeks of the trial. He sued her for $50 million for an article she published in the Washington Post in 2018. In it, she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence. She did not mention her ex-husband by name. Depp said the post still ruined his career, damaged his reputation and cost him a lot of money. Heard then filed a $100 million counterclaim against her ex.
Amber Heard was sentenced to pay more than $10 million in damages. Johnny Depp has to pay her two million. That leaves $8.35 million. Amber Heard and her legal team have appealed the verdict.