Music producer Bruce Witkin testified on Thursday that his former best friend Johnny Depp had a “jealous streak” – and was at one point jealous of Nicolas Cage.
Witkin, owner of the Unison Music label, said in recorded deposition that he considered Depp – whom he has known for more than 40 years – his best friend and “brother” until the two had a falling out ago four years about an unrelated legal matter. .
“He can definitely have a jealous streak in him,” Witkin said of Depp during the Feb. 17, 2022, deposition, which was played before the jury in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia.
As a young man, Depp was jealous of fellow actor Cage, Witkin claimed. Depp, 58, is also said to have exhibited jealous behavior during his relationship with Vanessa Paradis – the mother of his two children, Lily-Rose and Jack – but Witkin said “a lot of it was in his head and not in his reality”.
Depp was previously married to Witkin’s sister-in-law, Lori Ann Allison. This marriage – the actor’s first – lasted two years and ended in divorce in 1985.
After Depp married Amber Heard in February 2015, he would “get upset” if she did a movie “with a guy” or did something where he couldn’t be there to check on her, Witkin said.
Witkin – who was previously in a band with the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star – also weighed in on his former friend’s alleged drug addiction issues, saying he first saw Depp snort cocaine in 2014, which surprised him as he said the actor hated drugs as a teenager.
He also recounted seeing Depp do cocaine with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.
According to the musician, Depp had tried to kick his drug addiction several times, but it didn’t stick. Witkin said he recommended Depp try therapy.
“He did a little bit, but he stopped because in my experience, these are deep-rooted issues he’s dealing with that have nothing to do with Amber,” Witkin said. “That’s my opinion.”
In his deposition, taken as part of Depp and Heard’s multimillion-dollar libel lawsuit, Witkin said he never saw the couple physically hurt each other.
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But he remembers seeing bruises on both spouses. He confirmed that Depp’s relationship with Heard was a source of frustration, if not anger, for his friend.
“He was talking about frustrations, or whatever, and we were trying to talk about it,” Witkin said. “But it wasn’t so much anger as it was confusion and sadness, and ‘Why isn’t it working?'”
Witkin said Depp cut ties with him in 2017, after the producer testified about his actor boyfriend’s drug and alcohol use in a deposition that was part of a previous lawsuit against his managers.
“He wrote me this weird text saying I stabbed him in the back and said bad things to him,” Witkin said.