Amber Heard’s legal team plans to call Johnny Depp back to the stand after the couple’s explosive trial resumes next week, with actress Ellen Barkin also expected to testify, The Post has learned.
Sources close to the actress confirmed that Depp, Barkin and Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, are among the witnesses who will be called in the Fairfax, Virginia, courtroom.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has already given four days of testimony, claiming to the jury that he was the real victim in his doomed relationship with Heard, and that he filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against her to “clean my life.” Name”.
Barkin, a former girlfriend of Depp’s from the 1990s, is expected to testify via video link.
The Bronx-born “The Big Easy” actress has previously alleged that Depp was abusive during their relationship.
During his libel suit against the British Sun newspaper in 2020, the court heard a statement from Barkin claiming that Depp had thrown a bottle of wine across a hotel room on one occasion and had become jealous and angry.
“False,” Depp replied, saying that Barkin had a grudge.
“She wanted a proper relationship with me and I didn’t want that,” he said. said at that time. “I didn’t feel the same way about her as she did about me and I guess from that point on she got very, very angry and I haven’t spoken to Mrs. Barkin since.”
Also expected to take the stand is Heard’s sister, who was mentioned last week when the “Aquaman” actress was on the stand.
Heard told the court that he once punched Depp in the face out of fear that he was about to push Henriquez down the stairs.
The then-married couple had been fighting on the stairwell mezzanine of one of their penthouses, and her sister stepped between them.
“I remembered what happened to Kate Moss,” Heard testified, referencing a rumor that Depp once pushed the British supermodel down a flight of stairs.
Heard told the jury that it was the first time he had “hit” Depp, and after she hit him, he started laughing. Security finally intervened.
Henriquez will testify in person, the sources said, and will likely be questioned about the incident.
Witnesses called by Depp’s lawyers and the actor himself previously testified about the same moment, claiming that it was Heard who instigated the attack and that her then-husband did nothing in return.
While on the stand, Depp painted himself as a kind man who accidentally rose to world fame. He insisted that he never hit a woman and talked about growing up with an emotionally and physically abusive mother.
The couple’s trial is currently in recess, but will resume on Monday. Closing arguments are scheduled for May 27.
Seven jurors hearing the case will decide whether Heard, 36, defamed Depp, 58, when he wrote a 2018 Washington Post op-ed calling himself “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” .
The jury must also determine whether she should be on the hook for the million-dollar damages Depp demands.