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Who is Ellen Barkin, Amber’s Witness to Testify against Johnny Depp for “Wine Bottle Incident”

A new twist has come in the soiled Johnny Depp Vs. Amber Heard trial. Actress Ellen Barkin, 68 will shake up the upcoming hearing as is set to form an integral part of Amber Heard’s witness list. She will be testifying against Depp on May 16, 2022, which marks the fifth week of the trial. Read on to know who is Ellen and what is the “wine bottle incident”.

Who is Ellen Barkin?

Ellen Rona Barkin was born in the Bronx, New York. Barkin lived in Flushing, New York, and attended Parsons Junior High School. She received her high-school diploma at Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts.

Later, Barkin attended Hunter College and double majored in history and drama. Initially, she wanted to teach ancient history but decided to continue her acting education at New York City’s Actors Studio. According to Time, she studied acting for 10 years before landing her first audition.

The American actress is known for her breakthrough role in the 1982 film Diner. She went on to portray strong roles in movies like Tender Mercies, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, The Big Easy, Eddie and the cruisers, Johnny Handsome and Sea of Love.

Barkin received a Golden Globe nomination for her 1991 film “Switch”. Ellen’s other film credits include Man Trouble, The Boy’s Life, Bad Company, Wild Bill, The Fan, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Trust the Man, Ocean’s Thirteen, Into the West and The Cobbler.

The veteran actress received a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in the television film Before Women Had Wings and a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her Broadway theatre debut in The Normal Heart.

She also played the leading role of Janine “Smurf” Cody on the TNT drama series Animal Kingdom from 2016 to 2019. Her production credits include the films like  Letters to JulietShit Year, and Another Happy Day.

Who Else is Testifying?

Law&Crime’s Angenette Levy tweeted about the list of witnesses yesterday morning which led to a firestorm on Twitter. Ellen will be testifying along with Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez.

LAPD officers testified that they were called to the L.A. penthouse in 2016 on a domestic violence call but could not find any evidence of the same. However, during Depp’s U.K. trial, Henriquez testified to seeing bruises on Heard’s face early in her relationship with Depp. This will form a major part of her upcoming testimony.

Interestingly, the 58-year-old actor will be called as a witness and the move has left many observers questioning how and why that could happen since Depp had already testified during his case.

Why is Depp being Cross-Examined Again?

If you recall, Depp was already cross-examined by Heard’s lawyer. Well, if you want to understand the concept legally, you’d have to refer to Rule 611 (b) of the Mode and Order of Examining Witness and Presenting Evidence.

The rule defines the scope of Cross-examination, which states that cross-examination should not go beyond the subject matter of the direct examination and matters affecting the witness’s credibility. The court may allow inquiry into additional matters as if on direct examination.

Did you get your answer now? Is it just to call Depp once again on the stand? Well, the answer is that the move may not be unjust as Heard’s attorneys may hope to introduce new evidence through Depp’s testimony that wasn’t addressed previously.

How is Barkin Connected?

Ellen Barkin dated Johnny Depp while filming Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in the late 1990s. During the U.K. defamation case, she testified that “The Pirates of the Caribbean” stat threw a wine bottle in her direction during a heated moment.

Depp, however, stated that she held a grudge against him. According to him, the two were in a casual relationship when they met in the 90s. She previously testified during Depp’s failed 2018 defamation case.

Bottom Line

Johnny Depp and Ellen Barkin in Los Angeles, California

The ongoing trial between the Aquaman star and the 58-year-old actor is intended to resolve a $50 million defamation lawsuit Depp filed against Head claiming that she devastated his career with a 2018 Washington Post op-ed.

Heard has identified herself as a domestic and sexual violence survivor. On the other hand, Depp’s legal team has portrayed Heard as a physically and verbally abusive liar. Heard started her testimony last week by portraying Depp as a drug-fuelled abuser and also alleged that he sexually abused her with a glass bottle.

However, testimony from Dr Shannon Curry plays a key role in this case and supports Johnny’s claim. It came out that Heard suffers from Histrionic Personality Disorder and other mental conditions. Additionally, she was arrested previously for domestic abuse against her ex-partner.

Depp’s team has portrayed Heard as a physically and verbally abusive liar essentially exploiting the MeToo movement. Heard’s team began to tell her story last week, painting a terrifying picture of serial, drug-fueled domestic violence by Depp.

The Amber-Johnny case has only seen fans crushing Amber Heard by calling her a liar. Well, that is what the previous testimonies and evidence serve. Now, Barkin’s testimony will play a crucial role in narrating a completely different version.

Close observers of the trial suspect that her testimony will prove crucial for Heard’s case, proving that she was a victim. If not, the testimony will strengthen her case. The trial is set to resume on May 16 and final arguments will be presented on May 27. What do you think about this upcoming testimony?

I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.


  1. My thoughts on Ellen Barkin…are that she will show the WRATH of a woman scorned on the stand. She seems like an angry woman that loved Johnny Depp at one time (and maybe still does), but couldn’t keep him. Two ships passing in the night…and she’s still pissed.

  2. I think she is a scorned bitter woman. Just like the Heard. Johnny needs to get back to acting. He’s the only one of the three that can act and we want Johnny back on the big screen!!!!

    • Ellen Barkin is a good actress and had a very traumatizing case of divorce prompted by her billionaire husband just some twelve years ago. Apparently pissed at divorce trials and men who are empowered by money. She didn’t ruin Johnny Depp’s case, nevertheless.

  3. Oscar Meyer say what you want from your ignorant and benighted perspective but do not call her a crappy actress when she is widely considered to be superb.

    • That’s his opinion. Some people think she’s a great actress and others do not. It’s his perspective, just like you are entitled to your perspective.

  4. I hope by May 27th Johnny Depp will get justice. Amber can’t get away for all the evil things she did, abusing Johnny Depp. Shame on her!! She is a gold digger who will do anything for the love of money.

  5. It’s important to talk about facts. So fact:
    A UK tabloid found creditable evidence that he is a wife beater.
    After the revelations. Jonny Depp decided to sue the tabloid for defamation.
    The courts findings showed that everything published had evidence supporting the claims.
    Needless to say. But, because the facts. He had no one else to pin his failures on. Johnny decided to bring the case to America by suing his ex wife in the court of public opinion. Even with all the evidence that supports her testimony. You have ladies standing in line 9pm the day before testimony.
    From a psychological standpoint. That’s why women and men posting this garbage.
    The women that are lined up at the court house to see Johnny. Have been victims themselves.
    The men that post things like this. Are more than likely abusers themselves.

    • Right?!!! If he were an abuser, especially the abuser Heard is making him out to be, their would be a long line of woman testifying. Also, what kind of abuser allows all her friends and family to live in penthouses surrounding them. Abusers usually cut off the victim from family and friends. I just heard audio of Heard belittling Depp for like 25 minutes and she was a psycho, maniacally laughing. One thing she never brings up while arguing with him and saying all the things wrong with him, IS ABUSE. Amber says horrible stuff and he never loses his calm until sometimes at the end when he tries to leave and she wont let him. If he was hitting her and she was scared of him, why would she constantly make fun of him and belittle him? The insults she hurls at him never include YOUR AN ABUSER!!!! That is very telling. The only person we know for sure is an abuser, is Amber. I tried to believe her, but she is constantly contradicting herself. I believe this was the only way to show the world what really happened, since the UK trial refused cameras. Depp is notoriously private in his life and he is being an open book because he KNOWS he didnt abuse her, and that she abused him. Ellen Barkin, sweety, he just wasnt that into you.

    • When you ACTUALLY want to talk facts, let us know, cause that is a load of garbage. Amber abused her wife and her husband, that we know for sure. Your summary of the UK trial was nonsense and if course if a man believes Johnny then he is an abuser??? Maybe, just maybe, people believe Johnny because of the FACTS.

  6. The judge should throw the case out & neither JD nor AH should get a dime. They’re both actors and are acting as lunatics.



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