Ellen Barkin claims Johnny Depp gave her drug and ‘asked me if I wanted to f***’ before first sexual encounter

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Ellen Barkin has claimed that Johnny Depp gave her a drug before they had sex for the first time.

The actor, whose credits include films Drop Dead Gorgeous and The Big Easy, testified about her former relationship with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor back in November 2019.

Sections of the video deposition were shown during Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard earlier this year. Other parts, including Barkin’s claim, have come to light following the release of pretrial documents relating to the case.

In the video, Barkin says they first started dating in1994 having been friends beforehand. Entertainment Tonight reports the actor claimed that, ahead of their first sexual interaction, she “protested a little – not too much” after Depp “pulled [her] onto his lap”.

“He came on to me in the living room of my house, pulled me onto his lap and said something like, ‘Oh, come on Ellen,’ or whatever,” the outlet reports Barkin as saying. “I protested a little and then – not too much. And that was that.”

Barkin clarified in the video that Depp didn’t assault her, but alleged: “He gave me a Quaalude and asked me if I wanted to f***.”

She also accused Depp of throwing a wine bottle at her, with the Daily Mail reporting Barkin as saying: “There was always an air of violence around him. He’s a yeller, he is verbally abusive. And those things you can see.”

Depp previously denied these claims during his libel trial against The Sun in 2020, stating: “I do not have an anger management problem.”

The actor won his highly publicised trial against Heard, with a jury finding that Heard had defamed Depp on all three counts. He was awarded $10m (£8m) in compensatory damages and $5m (£4m) in punitive damages.

Ellen Barkin claims that Johnny Depp gave her ‘a Quaalude and asked me if I wanted to f***’ (Getty Images for Turner)
Ellen Barkin claims that Johnny Depp gave her ‘a Quaalude and asked me if I wanted to f***’ (Getty Images for Turner)

Meanwhile, Heard was awarded $2m (£1.6m) in compensatory damages, but no punitive damages.

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