Johnny Depp’s elder sister spoke out in court docket about their troubled childhood by the hands of their abusive mom Betty Sue Palmer.
61-year-old Christi Dembrowski testified at her brother’s defamation trial in opposition to his ex-wife Amber Heard on Tuesday, April 12, and informed the jury about their upbringing in Lexington, Kentucky by a “excessive strung” mom, who was apparently the polar reverse of their “peaceable” father John Christopher Depp. Depp seemed to the ground as his sister revisited the trauma of their shared childhood in court docket.
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“Father was a form, affected person, loving, and mild man. Our mother was the alternative, very excessive strung, very nervous, anxious, offended,” Dembrowski informed Depp’s lawyer Benjamin Chew, including that their dad and mom have been “two fully totally different personalities.” She admitted that she nonetheless works carefully with Johnny and was referred to as his “private supervisor” previously.
“Did mom get offended with father?” Chew requested. “Sure,” Dembrowski mentioned, recounting how Betty “would scream, yell at him, she would hit him, name him names, that sort of factor.” When requested whether or not their father bodily retaliated, she mentioned, “No, dad by no means reacted when mother hit him or screamed at him. Principally, he would let her scream and get it out and be completed. The best way you handled my mother, he all the time tried to maintain the peace.”
“How did your mom deal with you and your brothers and sisters?” Chew requested. “Equally in how she handled dad,” Dembrowski mentioned. “She screamed, she yelled, she hit, she threw issues, she referred to as us names. We every had our personal set of names. Some we wouldn’t repeat. My title was Violet. Violet was my father’s mom and my mother hated my father’s mom,” she remembered.
Betty and John divorced in 1978 when Johnny was 15 and Christi was 18. Depp has beforehand described their household dwelling as a “ghost home” and his expertise taught him to grow to be a extra “nurturing individual.” Nonetheless, the trauma took a toll on Depp’s psychological well being. He started abusing medicine at simply 11 years previous. Betty died of most cancers in 2016 aged 81.
Regardless of the abuse, Depp worshipped his mom. He received a tattoo of his mother’s title on his left arm in 1988. And after receiving his first Hollywood paycheck, Depp purchased her a small horse farm in Kentucky. He even used to therapeutic massage her ft after lengthy days of waitressing. Based on the Each day Mail, John Depp was Betty’s second husband and she or he married twice extra after the divorce. She was final married to the late Bob Palmer, whom Johnny referred to as an “inspiration.” Dembrowski mentioned John was absent for a lot of their childhood. He’s reportedly nonetheless alive aged 84.
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At her funeral, Johnny described his mom because the “meanest human being I’ve ever met in my life.” He even referred to as her a “b***h on wheels” in a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone. Nonetheless, he additionally mentioned she was “humorous” and that he “worshipped her.”
“Did your mom have a particular title for Johnny?” Chew requested Dembrowski. “She had a couple of, some to not repeat,” she revealed. “‘One eye’ was her favourite. As a result of when he was younger the medical doctors thought had a lazy eye, they put a patch on his good eye to strengthen his different eye.” When requested if Johnny ever reacted to them, his sister mentioned, “These names have been only a lifestyle. We received used to them.”
“I do know the human being.”
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Chew then requested if their mom would get offended together with her and assault her bodily. “Sure, she did however I used to be additionally very quiet, very shy, I discovered early on to step again. I’d avoid hassle,” Dembrowski defined. “She would hit us, threw issues, go choose a twig off a tree, that may be what she’d hit us with. One which’s good and inexperienced. If it wasn’t a pleasant inexperienced twig it wouldn’t break.”
Dembrowski remembered how Betty would get offended at Johnny and as soon as threw an ashtray at him. Chew requested if Johnny would react when their mom was laying a beating. “He was a typical little boy, when damage he would cry. For essentially the most half, he simply needed to get away from it,” Dembrowski mentioned of her brother, noting that he by no means hit her again. “When he was older even when she hit or threw issues, he by no means went to that place he would get away, he would depart the world, go to his room.”
Talking of Depp’s relationship with Heard, Dembrowski informed the jury she booked an additional lodge room every time the couple traveled collectively. “Once they have been touring I needed to ensure there was an additional room as a result of it wasn’t uncommon for them to have an argument,” she mentioned, noting that Depp would then be capable to “depart the room” similar to he did as a baby when their mom grew to become abusive. “I noticed a repeat occurring in life,” Dembrowski mentioned of Heard and Depp. “After we have been children and arguments and preventing would begin to occur. Our very first thing to do was go and conceal and get away from it. I acknowledged what felt to me like a repeat sample from his childhood. I needed to ensure there was a spot he might just do that,” she added.