Johnny Depp– TMZ found his first wife, from the 80s, who says he never hurt a flea. She was only married to him for two years, though, and didn’t get to have the real fun of movie star Depp.
In 1994, Depp was arrested for trashing his hotel room at New York’s The Mark. This is when Kate Moss was in the picture, post-Winona Ryder. Depp already had at least three arrests on his record by then, for speeding, and for bar fights in New York and London that also involved his bodyguards. People magazine noted that he was a cutter, with self inflicted scars.
In the hotel story, Depp blamed his antics on an armadillo that he said got loose in the room. The culprit, however, was never found.
All of this was the year after River Phoenix died outside the Viper Room, a wild Sunset Strip nightclub that Depp owned in the early 90s.
After years of carousing, he calmed down once the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” took off in 2003. The series made him a superstar, and very very rich.
But aside from “Finding Neverland,” Depp has never really had critical acclaim or box office success other than with Tim Burton. Their long collaboration includes “Sweeney Todd,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Willy Wonka,” and “Dark Shadows.”
Depp has had a lot of big financial failures in recent years, however, including “The Lone Ranger” and “Mortdecai.” Plus, the “Pirates” franchise is starting to show big signs of age. “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” done without Burton, is failing this weekend. The combination of that and this mess with Amber Heard is not good. Depp has got to pull it together.
But if you’re new to the Depp saga, or 1994 is before you were interested in such things, just a reminder: Johnny Depp was never a wallflower. He has the police record to prove it.