Depp vs Heard trial: Johnny Depp to return to the stands for questioning; ex-girlfriend Ellen Barkin to testify on behalf of Amber Heard
The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard case will resume on Monday, May 16 after a week-long recess. The latest reports indicate that the trial will resume with the 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' actor taking to the stands for cross-examination by Heard's lawyers.
According to the latest report on People, Depp, 58, will take the stand once again to be questioned by Heard's legal team when the trial resumes next week. The report also states that Ellen Barkin and Amber Heard's sister Whitney Henriquez will also testify on behalf of the actress.
Actress Ellen Barkin, 68, will be called to the stand as a witness for Heard via video, while Henriquez will take the stand in person, a report on People states.
Barkin, who dated Depp in the late '90s, previously testified during his libel trial. The actress implied that Depp was abusive during their relationship and also claimed that he had thrown a wine bottle at her during their relationship.
She did, however, state that Depp had never physically harmed her.
It was later suggested that the actor had not thrown the bottle toward Barkin, but rather in her general vicinity, during an alleged "fight" with his friends in a Las Vegas hotel.
According to Reuters reports, the Pirates of the Caribbean star said the claims were "untrue." The actor also claimed that Barkin held a grudge against him and added, "I do not have an anger-management problem."
Johnny Depp met Ellen Barkin, 10 years his senior, on the set of 'Fear and Loathing' in Las Vegas in 1997. They began casually dating while filming, the actor claimed.
Amber Heard broke down on the witness stand last week as she testified against her ex-husband and said that he sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle and threatened her life shortly after they got hitched. Heard told jurors about several instances when Depp allegedly hit her, screamed at her and even shoved her to the ground.
Depp, testified earlier in the trial that he never hit Heard and argued that she was the one who was the abuser.
The actor is suing Heard, for $50 million, arguing that her 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post about surviving domestic violence, defamed him. He testified in court that Heard's allegations against him, cost him "everything."
Heard has counter-sued Depp for $100 million, arguing that he smeared her by calling her a liar.
Depp married Heard in 2015 and split in May 2016, when she sought a domestic violence restraining order against him, accusing him of abusing her. By August 2016, the couple settled their divorce out of court.
Depp, in his suit, says he's the victim of an 'elaborate hoax' instigated by Heard to generate positive publicity and advance her career.
'Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse; she is a perpetrator,' it claims.