Johnny Depp and Amber Heard each want the jury to believe they're non-violent. But both have a history of arrests for assault

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.Getty/Getty
  • During their time on the stand, both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have sought to portray themselves as non-violent.

  • But both have a history of arrests for violence, particularly Depp, who's been charged for trashing a hotel room and hitting a security guard.

  • Heard was arrested in 2009 for allegedly striking her then-partner, but the charges were later dropped.

Johnny Depp was arrested in 1989 for assaulting a security guard at a hotel in Canada

Johnny Depp in 1989.
Johnny Depp in 1989.Ke.Mazur/WireImage via Getty

Depp was arrested and charged with assault and mischief on March 8, 1989, after getting into an altercation with a security guard at a hotel, a Vancouver police spokesperson told UPI at the time.

The spokesperson said police responded to a call about a noisy party at a hotel. When security asked a group of people to leave the hotel, a fight broke out and Depp was arrested and later charged with assaulting a security guard, the spokesperson said. The UPI report said that telephones in the lobby were also damaged in the incident.

Depp later pleaded guilty to an assault charge and got an absolute discharge, which means the charge was wiped from his record, the Los Angeles Times reported in September 1989.

Depp's attorney, Richard Israels, said Depp overreacted during a discussion with the guard, according to the LA Times.

David Sulina, the security guard that Depp assaulted, told the LA Times at the time that he thought the verdict was "fair" because "it wasn't a major assault."

One of Depp's ex-girlfriends, Ellen Barkin, once testified about the actor throwing a bottle of wine at her

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

Actress Ellen Barkin, who Depp briefly dated in the mid-1990s, provided testimony for his 2020 lawsuit against the UK's The Sun tabloid, saying he had been "verbally abusive" towards her and that she once witnessed him throw a wine bottle across a hotel room, according to court documents.

Depp said the incident "never happened" and said that Barkin held a grudge against him because he didn't want a serious relationship with her.

"She wanted more than a relationship, she wanted a proper relationship with me and I did not want that," Depp told the court, according to MailOnline. "I didn't feel the same about her as she did me and I suppose from that moment on she became very, very angry and since then I have not spoken to Ms. Barkin."

Barkin's agent did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment on Friday.

Depp was arrested in 1994 for trashing a New York City hotel room he was staying in with then-girlfriend Kate Moss

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Depp is pictured after his arrested in 1994.Lawrence Schwartzwald/Sygma via Getty Images

New York City police were called to Depp's room at the Mark Hotel in the early hours of September 13, 1994, after he allegedly trashed the room — causing more than $9,000 in damages, according to The New York Times.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Depp allegedly smashed glass lamps and tables and was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a felony. Depp's then-girlfriend, British model Kate Moss, was with him but not charged, the LA Times reported.

"I was angry," Depp reportedly told the police after the arrest, according to the LA Times.

Manhattan prosecutors decided to drop the charges after Depp agreed to pay for the $9,767 in damages, according to The Times.

In 1999, Depp was arrested for threatening paparazzi with a plank of wood outside of a London restaurant

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

Depp was arrested for threatening behavior after he grabbed a wooden plank and threatened photographers trying to take a picture of him outside of the restaurant Mirabelle in London on January 31, 1999, BBC News reported at the time.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Depp was dining at the restaurant with his then-girlfriend Vanessa Paradis.

"Johnny Depp is a person who guards his privacy. He had asked photographers to abstain from photographing him. Unfortunately, they persisted and intentionally provoked him," Depp's publicist said in a statement, according to The Tribune.

The then-35-year-old actor was cautioned after spending four hours in police custody, according to BBC News. Cautioning is a process by which minor charges are dropped against a defendant who admits guilt.

Depp is currently fighting a lawsuit from a location manager who alleges that Depp punched him on the set of 'City of Lies' in 2017

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Johnny Depp attends the "City of Lies" red carpet in Deauville, France, on September 5, 2021.Francois G. Durand/Getty Images

Gregg "Rocky" Brooks filed a lawsuit against Depp in 2018, claiming that Depp attacked him on the set of the film "City of Lies" on April 12, 2017.

Brooks, who was a location manager on the set, said in his complaint that Depp got mad when he had to inform the actor that production needed to wrap up for the day, per their permit with the city.

Brooks claimed Depp cursed him out, saying, "Who the fuck are you? You have no right to tell me what to do!" and "I don't give a fuck who you are and you can't tell me what to do!"

He claimed that Depp proceeded to forcefully punch him twice in the lower left side of his rib cage, before the actor's security guards eventually pulled him away.

Depp is fighting the lawsuit, which is scheduled to go to trial in July. In his deposition, Depp said it was actually Brooks who blew up at a woman on set, and Depp intervened. Depp said he later made peace with the location manager, with the two sharing some wine and Depp agreeing to take a selfie with Brooks.

Brooks' lawyer did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment on Friday.

...Amber Heard has been in trouble with the law as well

An image of Tasya van Ree and Amber Heard.
Tasya van Ree and Amber Heard.Brian To/FilmMagic

Just a few weeks after Heard filed for divorce from Depp in 2016, and showed up in court with a bruised face to obtain a restraining order against him, TMZ revealed in a story that Heard herself had been arrested on domestic violence charges in 2009.

According to TMZ, Heard was arrested and booked for misdemeanor domestic violence at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on September 14, 2009, after allegedly grabbing and striking her then-partner, Tasya van Ree, in the arm.

The charges were ultimately dropped at a court hearing the following day, according to audio of the hearing obtained by TMZ. USA Today also confirmed the incident with a Sea-Tac spokesperson, who said the arrest information on the case was later deleted, which is allowed under Washington state law.

Depp's legal team mentioned the arrest in the actor's lawsuit against Heard, saying Heard had been an "abuser" to Van Ree.

In her response to Depp's lawsuit, Heard said the mention of the Seattle incident was "deliberately misleading," and pointed to a statement her ex released in 2016, saying the incident had been "misinterpreted."

In 2016, Van Ree told E! News that Heard had been "wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalized by two individuals in a power position."

"It's disheartening that Amber's integrity and story are being questioned yet again," Van Ree added. "Amber is a brilliant, honest, and beautiful woman and I have the utmost respect for her. We shared 5 wonderful years together and remain close to this day."

Representatives for both Depp and Heard declined to comment on their respective prior arrests.

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Johnny Depp waves as he departs his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 5, 2022.Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via REUTERS

However, a source familiar with Depp's thinking told Insider that the actor has been upfront about his "aggression towards inanimate objects" over "the span of his addiction."

"During his testimony, he commented that he has 'assaulted a couple of cabinets' as well as 'a couch of two,' but he has certainly never hit a woman and maintains that to this day. Amber however, cannot say the same," the source said.

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