AFP, published on Wednesday, May 04, 2022 at 00:38
Actress Amber Heard suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by “intimate violence” by Johnny Depp, a psychology expert claimed Tuesday in the Pirates of the Caribbean actor’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife.
Johnny Depp displayed an “obsession with control” and “obsessive jealousy” during their “highly volatile” relationship, added Dawn Hughes.
A clinical and forensic psychologist, she was the first witness summoned by the 36-year-old actress’s attorneys in this trial, which began three weeks ago in court in Fairfax, near Washington.
Johnny Depp, 58, says his ex-wife ruined his reputation and career after writing a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post in which she claimed she was a victim of domestic violence in 2016 without her ex-husband quote . He’s asking for $50 million in damages.
The actor, who testified for four days, denies ever raising a hand against his ex-wife and insists it was she who was violent.
– Violent behavior –
Amber Heard has countered and demands $100 million. She claims to have suffered “physical abuse and assault” since meeting in 2009 and during their tumultuous marriage, which lasted just two years, from 2015 to 2017. In 2016, she sued her husband for domestic violence before dropping those charges in the divorce proceedings.
dr Hughes told jurors that after four tests with Amber Heard, she made a “definitive diagnosis” of post-traumatic stress, which she said demonstrated “violence from her partner in the relationship.”
Her findings contradict those of another psychology expert, Shannon Curry, who last week claimed the ‘Aquaman’ actress suffers from personality disorders and has ‘grossly exaggerated’ the symptoms of the PTSD she claimed to be suffering from.
according to dr Hughes spoke of “acts of sexual violence” and “acts of sexual violence” against Amber Heard.
“He was poking him, shoving him, hitting him with his back and his palm,” she said. “He strangled her, pushed her against a wall, pushed her and she fell. He kicked her in the back.”
Her testimony is set to continue on Wednesday and Amber Heard is due to comment this week.
Earlier, his attorneys had unsuccessfully asked Judge Penney Azcarate to dismiss Johnny Depp’s lawsuit, which they said had found no evidence of defamation.
– miss the win –
“The court should grant this motion for an overturn given the compelling evidence that it was indeed he who assaulted Amber,” said actress attorney Ben Rottenborn.
This motion, common in the American legal system, is rarely granted, and Judge Azcarate felt there were sufficient elements to proceed with the lawsuit.
Mike Spindler, an accounting operations specialist and the last witness summoned by Johnny Depp’s attorneys, estimated Tuesday morning that the actor had incurred a shortfall of around $40 million following the publication of the editorial, largely due to his exclusion from the “Pirates” saga. in 2019 from Disney Studios.
The star’s earnings would have exceeded $30 million in 2017, his agent had estimated the day before.
In April 2018, British tabloid The Sun accused Johnny Depp of being “an abusive husband”. The actor sued the newspaper and lost in a lawsuit that exposed his drug and alcohol abuse.