Amber Heard vs. Johnny Depp Trial: 10 Celebrities Named In Defamation Trial

When a relationship between two A-listers is self-destructing, there must be safeguards.

Celebrities from Elon Musk to Kate Moss have been implicated in the explosive trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

Depp is suing his ex-wife Heard for $50m (£40m). Washington Post Comment she wrote in 2018 which he says implies he abused her.

Heard is filing a $100million (£80million) counterclaim, accusing Mr Depp of organizing a “smear campaign” against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.

The trial has taken more than three weeks, and at times the number of people involved in the case has been difficult to keep track of.

Below we’ve rounded up 10 celebrities who, whether they like it or not, have appeared in the Depp-Heard trial.

Elon Musk

During her testimony, Heard described the moment she met Elon Musk at the 2016 Met Gala, after her then-husband Depp “picked me up” on the red carpet.

“He seemed like a real gentleman. He was really nice,” Heard said of developing a friendship with the billionaire Tesla CEO.

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Heard and Musk are said to have fled on and off between 2016 and 2018, and the SpaceX boss was named on her witness list for the trial. However, he did not appear on the stand.

During the opening statement, Heard’s attorneys said Depp was “obsessed” with Musk.

Later in the trial, it was revealed that Musk had donated at least $500,000 to the ACLU and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles on Heard’s behalf.

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Paul Betty

Depp testified that Heard “despised” his boyfriend Paul Bettany because she saw him as a “threat” to their time together.

“Ms Heard despised Mr Bettany especially because we had become such close friends and he was a threat to her and would take me away from her if Paul Bettany got the attention from me that would be a show stopper. It would cause all sorts of inconveniences,” Depp said.

Depp’s friendship with the wall vision Star had already come up against him during Depp’s previous defamation lawsuit The sun in 2020. Text messages between the two were used as evidence in both trials – in which the couple joked about the burning and drowning of Heard.

Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp

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“Let’s drown them before we burn them!!! I’ll fuck her burned corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead,” Depp wrote in the lyrics.

Bettany addressed the news during an interview The Independent in December 2021 and said it was “embarrassing” that the news would be made public.

“And we live in a world without context,” he said The times.

James Franco

On the witness stand, Heard claimed Depp subjected her to a “disgusting” and violent cricket over a sex scene she filmed with James Franco.

“He was mad at me for taking the job at James Franco,” Heard said. “He hated, hated James Franco and already in my past accused me of secretly dating him because we did it Pineapple Express together.”

James Franco and Amber Heard attend the 2015 premiere of The Adderall Diaries

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The dispute over her work with Franco came to a head during a private flight between Boston and Los Angeles, Heard said. She told the court that Depp hit her and kicked her to the ground while insulting her.

Later in the trial, the jury was shown elevator footage of Franco visiting Heard at her home on May 22, 2016, the night before she filed for divorce from Depp. Four days later, the Aquaman Star then sought a domestic violence restraining order from her then-husband.

The couple appears to be holding their heads together in the footage before exiting the elevator.

Kate Moss

Heard told the court that she “immediately” thought “of Kate Moss and stairs” when she opened up about a fight with Depp that involved her sister Whitney.

Heard referenced her previous claim that Depp pushed Moss down a flight of stairs when they were dating in the 1990s.

Kate Moss and Johnny Depp

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During Depp’s 2020 UK defamation trial against the publishers of The sun newspaper, Heard said: “He pushed Kate Moss down the stairs, I heard that from two people and that was fresh in my memory”.

Moss has never accused Depp of domestic violence.

Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis

Two of Depp’s other exes, stranger things Star Winona Ryder and French singer Vanessa Paradis were mentioned in the lawsuit by Heard’s friend iO Tillett Wright. Wright told the court Depp confided in him that he experienced “major bouts of jealousy” in relationships, which also fueled his drinking problems.

Ryder and Depp dated for four years in the early 1990s, while Paradis dated Depp for 14 years after meeting in 1998. Depp and Paradis have two children together, Lily-Rose, born in 1999, and Jack, born in 2002.

“He experienced major bouts of jealousy in relationships that had also led to heavy drinking and a lot of anger activities,” Wright testified.

“He told me that what happened to Winona. He told me what happened to Kate. Sorry, starring Winona Ryder and Kate Moss.

“He told me that’s what happened to Vanessa Paradis.”

In testimony given during Depp’s trial in 2020 The sunRyder and Paradis called the domestic violence allegations against him “impossible to believe”.

Eddie Redmayne

On the witness stand, Heard claimed that Depp accused her of having an affair with Eddie Redmayne during filming The Danish girl (2015).

“I got the feeling he thought I was sleeping with the director [Tom Hooper]and then it was with the actor I was filming with,” Heard said.

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When asked who the actor in question was, Heard replied, “Eddie Redmayne.”

Heard testified that she did not have an affair with either Hooper or Redmayne during that time, but said that Depp continued to ask her about it, eventually calling her hotel room to check if she was there.

Marilyn Manson

Depp testified that he once gave Marilyn Manson a pill to “stop talking so much.”


Depp was questioned by Heard’s attorney about using drugs with the heavy metal artist, to which he replied, “We drank together, we drank cocaine together, maybe a few times.”

However, the courtroom erupted in laughter at Depp’s response when asked if he’d ever taken “pills” with Manson. “I once gave Marilyn Manson a pill to make him stop talking so much,” he said.

Ellen Barkins

Actress Ellen Barkin said her relationship with Johnny Depp was “sexual” not “romantic” while testifying against Depp.

The two actors had a brief after-work relationship in 1994 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas together.

Ellen Barkin testifies about a time Johnny Depp allegedly threw a bottle


“The friendship went from purely platonic to romantic,” Barkin said, before raising her hand and asking, “Can I change that to sexual?”

Barkin also testified that one day she was in a Las Vegas hotel room with Depp, his assistant, and his friends when “an argument broke out” and the actor picked up a wine bottle and threw it across the room. Depp has denied the incident took place and has testified that she called it abusive because she harbored a “grudge” against him.

Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton is another actor that Heard claims Depp accused her of having an affair with.

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Heard and Thornton collaborated on the film in 2013 London Fieldswhich was only released in 2018.

Depp told the court that he wrote the message “Starring Billy Bob & easy Amber” in color on a mirror after Heard slammed a vodka bottle on his finger. Amber Heard vs. Johnny Depp Trial: 10 Celebrities Named In Defamation Trial


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