All the celebs — from Elon Musk to Winona Ryder — who have been dragged into the Johnny Depp Amber Heard trial

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  • Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are suing each other — both recounting times of abuse.

  • The pair were married for under two years but their legal battles have been ongoing since 2016.

  • Insider has compiled a list of all of the celebrities name-dropped in the courtroom.

At least 16 celebrities have been caught in the crossfire throughout the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial.

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in damages following Heard's 2018 op-ed insinuating she was a victim of domestic abuse. Depp claims that it ruined his career despite his name not having been dropped and that she abused him.

Heard is countersuing for $100 million and has maintained that the actor was abusive to her.

The two were married for under two years when Heard filed for divorce in 2016.

Insider has compiled a list of all the big names — from Elon Musk to Marilyn Manson — that have been name-dropped as the ex-couple lays it all out in the courtroom.

James Franco

Actors James Franco and Amber Heard arrive at A24/DIRECTV's 'The Adderall Diaries' Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on April 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
Actors James Franco and Amber Heard arrive at A24/DIRECTV's 'The Adderall Diaries' Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on April 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Heard testified that Depp "hated" James Franco and accused her of cheating with the "Freaks and Geeks" actor.

Franco, 44, and Heard were captured on video in an elevator heading into her apartment the night before she filed for divorce, Insider previously reported.

"Because he was my friend and he lived next door, quite literally next door," Heard testified.

"And I quite literally exhausted my support network with my usual friends, and I was happy to welcome as much friendship at that time as I could possibly get," she added.

Heard and Franco starred in films together such as "The Pineapple Express" and "The Adderall Diaries."

Elon Musk

Amber Heard and Elon Musk
Amber Heard and Elon MuskGetty/Getty

Heard began publicly dating Elon Musk, the world's richest man, weeks after her divorce with Depp. She testified that the two began to bond after Depp stood her up at the 2016 Met Gala.

Heard's therapist testified that she never actually loved Musk and was only using him to fill space after the divorce.

Paul Bettany

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BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 19: (L-R) Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp attend a photocall for the film 'Mortdecai' on January 18, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.Christian Marquardt/Getty Images

Depp said that Heard envied his friendship with Marvel actor Paul Bettany.

"For her, he was a threat and would take me away from her," he said.

Text messages between Bettany and Depp were shared in Depp's 2020 libel trial, which Bettany said was "embarrassing" and "without context."

In one 2013 text thread, Depp said: "Let's burn Amber!!!"

Bettany replied: "Having thought it through I don't think we should burn Amber — she's delightful company and easy on the eye, plus I'm not sure she's a witch. We could of course try the English course of action in these predicaments ­— we do a drowning test. Thoughts?"

Depp then said: Let's drown her before we burn her!!! I will fuck her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she's dead."

Ellen Barkin

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Johnny Depp and Ellen Barkin are seen in 1994.Barry King/WireImage

Depp briefly dated actress Ellen Barkin in the 1990s. She testified against him in a 2020 trial where Depp sued (and lost) The Sun for calling him a "wife-beater," according to the outlet.

In that case, she accused him of throwing a bottle at her and now she is set to be one of Heard's key witnesses.

Kate Moss

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Kate Moss and Johnny Depp are pictured attending the Cannes Film Fesitival in 1998.PA Images via Getty Images

In the trial, Heard referenced Depp's ex, British model Kate Moss, and an unverified rumor that Depp pushed her down the stairs while they were dating in the 1990s. She said that's what prompted her to hit Depp for the first time in their relationship during a fight in 2015.

Heard's sister was present during the argument and said she "put herself in the line of fire" at the top of a staircase to protect her.

"I don't hesitate. I don't wait. I instantly think of Kate Moss and the stairs and I swung at him," Heard added.

"In all of my relationship to date with Johnny I hadn't landed a blow," Heard testified. "And I, for the first time, I hit him, like actually hit him square in the face. He didn't push my sister down the stairs."

Moss has never accused Depp of domestic violence.

Winona Ryder

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Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder in 1990.Barry King/WireImage/Getty Images

Former friend to Depp and Heard, iO Tillett Wright, testified that Depp spoke of his past relationships — including with Winona Ryder.

"He experienced great bouts of jealousy in relationships that had also led to a lot of drinking and a lot of rage activities," Wright said according to The Independent.

"He told me that that happened with Winona. He told me that that happened with Kate. Sorry with Winona Ryder and Kate Moss. He told me that that happened with Vanessa Paradis," he added.

Vanessa Paradis

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Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis in 1999.Brenda Chase Online USA, Inc. via Getty

Depp and Vanessa Paradis, French musician and actress, were together for a total of 14 years and have two children together.

She, like Barkin and Ryder, played a role during Depp's libel trial against The Sun newspaper. In a statement, she wrote that she had always "known Johnny to be a kind, attentive, generous and non-violent person and father."

Depp sent an email to Elton John referencing Paradis which he confirmed in court: "My kids have fallen head over heels in deep love with Amber, my girl, and that pressure off my shoulders is f--king gone. That is until the French extortionist attempts to brainwash them against her which I'm sure is imminent," he said, referring to Paradis, E! Online reported.

Marilyn Manson

An image of Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp.
Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp.Leon Bennett/Getty Images/REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Pool

Depp said on the stand in February that he "once gave Marilyn Manson a pill so he would stop talking so much."

His statement came as Heard's lawyers asked about his friendship with the controversial singer-songwriter. "We drank together, we've had cocaine together, maybe a couple of times," Depp answered.

Billy Bob Thornton

billy bob thornoton on the 1883 premiere in las vegas wearing an all black outfit and hat
Billy Bob Thornton at the premiere of "1883" in Las Vegas.Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Heard testified that Depp accused her of sleeping with co-star Billy Bob Thornton while working on the film "London Fields" in 2013. She said that Depp threatened to call off their engagement when one of her co-stars invited her to attend a concert with him.

Jim Sturgess

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Jim Sturgess at the LA Premiere of "J.T. Leroy."Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Heard testified that Depp also accused her of sleeping with her co-star Jim Sturgess while filming "London Fields."

Lily-Rose Depp

Lily-Rose Depp attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" exhibition on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in New York.
Lily-Rose Depp at the 2021 Met Gala.Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Johnny Depp's daughter with ex-wife Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose Depp, was mentioned in testimonies from Heard and Johnny Depp.

Heard testified in court about Johnny's behavior during a July 2013 vacation scaring his daughter, saying that she and Lily-Rose left the vacation early after Johnny accused Heard of telling his kids that he had been drinking. Heard also said that parenting concerns were a "sensitive" spot in her and Depp's relationship.

In testimony, Johnny discussed why Lily-Rose didn't attend his 2015 wedding to Heard, saying that his daughter and wife were "not on particularly great terms."

Eddie Redmayne

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Actor Eddie Redmayne from "Cabaret" arrives at the Olivier Awards in the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, April 10, 2022.REUTERS/May James

Heard testified that Depp accused her of cheating on him with men that she had worked with in the past, including Eddie Redmayne, with whom she starred in "The Danish Girl." Heard said that she was not having an affair with Redmayne, and that Depp was upset after she didn't answer the phone in her London hotel room immediately.

Tom Hooper

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Tom Hooper at the Japan premiere of "Cats."Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images

Heard testified that while working on "The Danish Girl," Depp also accused her of cheating on him with director Tom Hooper. Heard said that she got the sense during phone calls with Depp that he "thought I was sleeping with the director, and then it was the actor I was filming with," referring to Eddie Redmayne.

Keith Richards

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Keith Richards onstage during the Love Rocks NYC Benefit Concert in March 2022.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for LOVE ROCKS NYC/God's Love We Deliver

The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who Depp made a documentary about in the early 2010s, was mentioned in relation to a photo that Heard's attorneys shared showing whiskey and thin lines of cocaine, according to Fox 5 DC. Heard's attorneys said that the photo was taken in March 2013 at Heard's former home, when Depp was working on the documentary, per Fox 5 DC. Visible in the photo is a burned CD labeled with Richards' name.

iO Tillett Wright

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iO Tillett Wright at the Gurls Talk Festival in March 2018.Cindy Ord/Getty Images for COACH

Author iO Tillett Wright, who was best man in Depp and Heard's wedding, said that his friendship with Heard ended in 2021. In taped depositions, Tillett Wright spoke about incidents he witnessed during his friendship with Depp and Heard. He alleged that Depp said that he could "punch [Heard] in the face and nobody can do anything about it" after the couple got married in 2015.

Tillett Wright also said that Depp became "misogynistic and cruel" while using cocaine and alcohol. He said that while he never saw the pair engage in physical violence against one another, he did witness them argue.

Raquel Pennington

Raquel Pennington
Raquel Pennington testifies via video deposition in the Depp v. Heard defamation trial.BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Appearing by video in court through pre-recorded depositions from January, Heard's former friend Raquel Pennington testified that she shielded Heard with her body as Depp yelled at her and smashed objects. She also said that she witnessed Heard with injuries the night before she appeared on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" in December 2015.

Joe Perry

US actor Johnny Depp (L) is flanked by US guitar player Joe Perry as they perform with The Hollywood Vampires band as part of the Hellfest metal music festival in Clisson, western France on June 22, 2018
US actor Johnny Depp (L) is flanked by US guitar player Joe Perry as they perform with The Hollywood Vampires band as part of the Hellfest metal music festival in Clisson, western France on June 22, 2018LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images

One of Depp's former friends, Bruce Witkin, testified that Depp used cocaine with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, according to The New York Post.

Witkin also claimed that Depp was against drug use when they were children, the outlet added.


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