Johnny Depp trial: Actor’s childhood friend says Marilyn Manson is not to blame for his drug use

Johnny Depp’s former longtime boyfriend Bruce Witkin testified Thursday (May 19) that Marilyn Manson was not at fault pirates Actor’s drug use.

While on the witness stand, Depp — who was briefly married to Witkin’s sister-in-law, Lori Anne Allison — claimed he once gave Manson a pill to keep him from talking as much.

Depp’s admission was part of his testimony in the $50 million defamation lawsuit he filed against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. The actor claims Heard’s guest post from 2018 The Washington Postimplying that he abused her has negatively impacted Depp’s ability to land major Hollywood roles.

Heard is suing Depp for $100 million over harassment and immunity to his allegations.

Witkin, a former bassist for The Kids – Depp’s band before he became an actor – testified that Depp and Manson “would hit it pretty hard.”

When asked if Witkin had “personal knowledge of watching Depp and Manson together,” the music producer replied, “Yes, but you can’t blame someone else for someone else’s drug use.” But yeah, it would hit him and Manson pretty hard too.”

Clarifying his testimony, Witkin added: “They drank and smoked weed, I don’t know if I ever saw Manson suck cock but I would assume he did. He did everything else.”

Manson has been accused of physical, sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of several women, including actors Evan Rachel Wood and Esmé Bianco. He has vehemently denied all allegations against him.

When asked earlier in his testimony whether Depp had abused illegal drugs, Witkin replied: “I think abuse is the wrong word, but yeah it went on. It wasn’t like crazy rock ‘n’ roll house, no. But I wouldn’t call it abuse.

“Getting high,” Witkin said when Heard’s attorney asked him what word he would use instead to describe Depp’s drug use.

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Evidence presented on behalf of Ms Heard in the multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit

(court documents)

Witkin also testified to a period of sobriety in Depp’s life “right around the time he did it Lone Ranger.”

“He seemed very focused and wasn’t drinking,” Witkin told the court, adding, “I was visiting him in New Mexico, Amber was there. Everything was different. He was proud of it, he didn’t drink. I think he smoked a bit of weed but that was it.”

During her testimony, Heard told the court that Depp would “pass out, get sick and lose control of himself. And people would find it and fix it… I would take photos to document it.”

The court was shown pictures of Depp appearing to be sleeping in a chair. Heard said this picture was taken in the Bahamas and was taken after a “sobriety.” She added that Depp then started drinking again with his friend, British actor Paul Bettany.

In another picture shown to the court, Depp has slumped forward. Heard said he was “on a drug high, no food, little or no sleep … and it would just go on like this all day.”

Heard and Depp met on the set of the film The rum diary 2011 and started dating in 2012 after the actor split from his longtime partner, French actress Vanessa Paradis.

The couple were married in February 2015, but Heard filed for divorce from the actor in May 2016 – citing irreconcilable differences.

That same month, a judge granted the Aquaman Actor issued a restraining order against Depp over allegations of domestic violence on his part.

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