Actress Amber Heard suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the violence she suffered from her ex-husband Johnny Deppincluding multiple sexual assaults, a psychologist said yesterday.
The sexual assaults included the forced oral sex and sexual act of Mr Depp with a liquor bottle, psychologist Dawn Hughes, Mr Depp’s defamation trial of Ms Heard.
Mr Depp accuses Ms Heard of falsely claiming in a newspaper op-ed that she was a victim of domestic violence.
Ms Hughes’ testimony contradicts that of a psychologist hired by Mr Depp’s lawyers, who said Ms Heard faked her PTSD symptoms and suffered from borderline and histrionic personality disorders. Ms Hughes denied that Ms Heard suffered from a personality disorder.
She was the first witness to comment on Ms Heard’s behalf after Mr Depp’s lawyers dropped their case yesterday.
Ms Hughes said there was corroboration of many instances of abuse, including apologies and admissions made by Mr Depp to Ms Heard and admissions he made to friends in text messages about his misbehaving while drinking. In some cases, Ms Heard told her therapists about the abuse at the same time, Ms Hughes said.
Mr Depp has said he never physically attacked Ms Heard and that she was the attacker, routinely hitting and throwing things at him throughout their relationship.
Ms Hughes said in her statement that Ms Heard admitted she sometimes pushed or shoved Mr Depp, verbally abused him and insulted his parenting.
But Ms Hughes said there is a difference in violence when a smaller person punches a larger person and that Mr Depp’s violence was intimidating and threatened her safety, but Ms Heard’s violence did not have the same effect on Mr fool.
Much of the violence, Ms Hughes said, stemmed from Mr Depp’s obsessive jealousy.
He insisted she avoid nude scenes if she worked at all, and accused her of having affairs with actors Billy Bob Thornton and James Franco.
When she was working on a film, Mr Depp would call the director and others on set and say he had “eyes” there that would report to him if she did not fraternize properly, Ms Hughes said.
And Ms Heard, who identifies as bisexual according to treatment notes presented at the trial, was also subjected to scrutiny in her dealings with women.
Ms Hughes said Mr Depp once barged into Heard in anger after witnessing Ms Heard’s interactions with a woman.
Ms Heard blinked back tears and her lips and chin trembled at times as Ms Hughes described the abuse to jurors.
Ms Hughes said she based her statement on 29 hours of interviews with Ms Heard, as well as interviews with her therapists and a review of court documents.
Earlier, a judge denied a motion by Ms Heard’s lawyers to have the case dismissed, saying Mr Depp failed to bring his case for legal reasons.
Mr Depp and his lawyer Benjamin Chew gave each other a pat on the back after the judge ruled the case could go ahead.
Heard is expected to make a statement today.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/johnny-depp-sexually-assaulted-amber-heard-with-a-bottle-psychologist-for-actress-testifies-41612662.html Johnny Depp sexually assaulted Amber Heard with a bottle, the actress’ psychologist says