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Actor Amber Heard suffered post-traumatic stress dysfunction from violence she suffered by the hands of her ex-husband Johnny Depp, together with a number of acts of sexual assault, a psychologist testified Tuesday.
The sexual assaults included being compelled to carry out oral intercourse and having Depp penetrate her with a liquor bottle, the psychologist, Dawn Hughes, informed jurors at Depp’s libel trial towards Heard. He accuses her of falsely claiming in a newspaper op-ed piece that she was a sufferer of home violence.
Hughes’ testimony contradicts that of a psychologist employed by Depp’s legal professionals, who stated Heard was faking her signs of post-traumatic stress dysfunction and suffered from borderline and histrionic persona problems. Hughes disputed that Heard suffers from any persona dysfunction.
Hughes was the primary witness to take the stand on Heard’s behalf after Depp’s legal professionals rested their case Tuesday morning.
Hughes stated there’s corroboration of lots of the cases of abuse, together with apologies and admissions made by Depp to Heard and admissions he made to pals in textual content messages about his dangerous behaviour when he drinks. In some instances, Heard informed her therapists concerning the abuse contemporaneously, Hughes stated.
Depp has stated he by no means bodily attacked Heard, and that she was the aggressor who routinely hit him and threw issues at him by the course of their relationship.
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Hughes, in her testimony, stated Heard acknowledged that she did at instances push and shove Depp, name him names and insult his parenting.
But Hughes stated there’s a distinction within the violence when a smaller individual strikes at a bigger individual, and that Depp’s violence was intimidating and threatened her security, however Heard’s violence didn’t have the identical impact on Depp.
“That’s just physics; that’s just proportional force,” she stated.
Much of the violence, Hughes stated, stemmed from Depp’s obsessive jealousy. He insisted she keep away from nude scenes, if she labored in any respect, and accused her of affairs with actors Billy Bob Thornton and James Franco. If she did work on a movie, Depp would name the director and others on set and say he “had eyes” there who would report back to him if she fraternized improperly, Hughes stated.
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And Heard, who identifies as bisexual in response to therapy notes launched at trial, additionally confronted scrutiny in her interactions with girls. Hughes stated Depp on one event manually penetrated Heard in anger after witnessing Heard’s interactions with a lady.
Heard blinked again tears, and her lips and chin quivered at instances as Hughes described the abuse.
Hughes stated she primarily based her testimony on 29 hours of interviews with Heard, in addition to interviews together with her therapists and a assessment of courtroom paperwork.
Earlier Tuesday, Depp’s legal professionals rested their case, and a choose rejected a movement from Heard’s legal professionals to dismiss the case. Heard’s legal professionals argued that Depp had did not make his case as a matter of regulation and that no cheap jury might discover in his favour.
But the choose, Penney Azcarate, stated the usual for dismissing a case at this level within the trial is exceedingly excessive, and that the case must be allowed to maneuver ahead if Depp has supplied even a “scintilla” of proof backing up his claims.
Depp and his lead lawyer, Benjamin Chew, patted one another on the again after the choose dominated the case can proceed.
Chew argued that the jury has a wealth of proof to conclude that Heard falsely accused Depp of abuse. In truth, he stated, the proof exhibits that “Ms. Heard physically abused him. She’s the abuser.”
Heard’s lawyer, J. Benjamin Rottenborn, stated the proof is evident during the last three weeks of testimony that Heard’s allegations of abuse are truthful.
“We haven’t gotten to put on our case yet,” he stated. “This is all evidence that has come in while plaintiff controls the playing field.”
Depp is suing Heard for USD$50-million in Fairfax County Circuit Court after Heard wrote a December 2018 op-ed piece in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” The article by no means mentions Depp by title, however Depp’s legal professionals say he was defamed however as a result of it’s a transparent reference to abuse allegations Heard levied in 2016, within the midst of the couple’s divorce proceedings.
The choose on Tuesday did say she’s reserving judgment on whether or not the article’s headline in on-line editions must be a part of the libel lawsuit as a result of she stated the proof is unclear at this level whether or not Heard wrote the headline or is accountable for it.
The on-line headline reads, “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”
Hughes shall be cross-examined Wednesday, and Heard is predicted to take the stand Wednesday as properly.
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