Actress Amber Heard suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to violence she suffered at the hands of her ex-husband Johnny Depp, including multiple acts of sexual assault, a psychologist tested on Tuesday.
The sexual assaults included being forced into oral sex and having Depp penetrate him with a bottle of liquor, psychologist Dawn Hughes told jurors at Depp’s libel trial against Heard. She accuses her of falsely claiming in a newspaper article that she was a victim of domestic violence.
Hughes’ testimony contradicts that of a psychologist hired by Depp’s attorneys, who claimed Heard was faking his PTSD symptoms and suffering from borderline and histrionic personality disorders. Hughes disputed that Heard suffers from any personality disorder.
Hughes was the first witness to take a stand on Heard’s behalf after Depp’s attorneys rested their case Tuesday morning.
Hughes said there is confirmation of many of the abuse cases, including the apologies and admissions Depp made to Heard and the admissions he made to friends in text messages about his bad behavior when drinking. In some cases, Heard spoke to therapists about the abuse at the same time, Hughes said.
Depp said he never physically attacked Heardand that she was the aggressor who regularly beat him and threw things at him throughout their relationship.
Hughes, in his testimony, said Heard acknowledged that he sometimes pushed and shoved Depp, insulted him and insulted his parenting.
But Hughes said there is a difference in violence when a smaller person hits an older person, and that Depp’s violence was intimidating and threatened his safety, but Heard’s violence didn’t have the same effect on Depp. .
“This is just physics; this is just a proportional force, ”she said.
Much of the violence, Hughes said, stemmed from Depp’s obsessive jealousy. He insisted that he avoid nude scenes if he worked at all, and accused her of relationships with actors Billy Bob Thornton and James Franco. If he’d been working on a movie, Depp would have called the director and others on set and said he “had eyes” there that would tell him if he fraternized improperly, Hughes said.
And Heard, who identifies as bisexual based on the treatment notes submitted at the trial, has also faced scrutiny in his interactions with women. Hughes said Depp on one occasion manually penetrated Heard in anger after witnessing Heard’s interactions with a woman.
“Amber has been accused of women hitting on her, and she has been accused of men hitting on her,” Hughes said.
Heard held back the tears and his lips and chin trembled at times as Hughes described the abuse.
Hughes said she based her testimony on 29 hours of interviews with Heard, as well as interviews with her therapists and a review of court documents.
On Tuesday, Depp’s lawyers suspended the case and a judge dismissed a motion by Heard’s lawyers to dismiss the case. Heard’s attorneys argued that Depp had failed to make his case a matter of law and that no reasonable jury could find in his favor.
But the judge, Penney Azcarate, said the standard for dismissing a case at this point in the trial is extremely high and that the case should be allowed to move forward if Depp has provided even a “spark” of evidence to support his. affirmations.
Depp and his principal attorney, Benjamin Chew, clapped each other on the back after the judge ruled that the case can proceed.
Chew argued that the jury had a wide range of evidence to conclude that Heard falsely accused Depp of abuse. In fact, she said, the evidence shows that “Ms. Heard physically abused him. She is the abuser. “
Heard’s attorney J. Benjamin Rottenborn said the evidence is clear in the past three weeks of witnessing that Heard’s abuse allegations are true.
“We haven’t had a chance to deal with our case yet,” he said. “This is all the proof that came as the actor controls the playing field.”
Depp is suing Heard for $ 50 million in Fairfax County Circuit Court after Heard wrote a December Editorial piece from 2018 in the Washington Post describing himself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse”. The article never mentions Depp by name, but Depp’s lawyers say he was vilified nonetheless because it’s a clear reference to the abuse allegations Heard raised in 2016, amid the couple’s divorce proceedings.
The judge on Tuesday said he is reserving judgment as to whether the title of the article in the online editions should be part of the libel suit because he said the evidence is unclear at this point whether Heard wrote the title or is responsible for it. . The online headline reads: “I have spoken out against sexual violence and I have faced the wrath of our culture. This has to change. “
Hughes will be questioned on Wednesday and Heard is also expected to take a stand on Wednesday.