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Depp trial: Psychologist testifies performer assaulted Heard

Depp trial: Psychologist testifies performer assaulted Heard

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Actor Amber Heard suffered post-traumatic stress untidiness from violence she suffered at the hands of her ex-husband Johnny Depp, including multiple acts of reproductive assault, a psychologist testified Tuesday.

The reproductive assaults included actuality forced to perform oral sexual intercourse with every one other accompanied by having Depp penetrate her accompanied by a liquor bottle, the psychologist, Dawn Hughes, told jurors at Depp's libel trial opposed to Heard. He accuses her of falsely claiming inside a paper casual set in print op-ed small portion that she was a victim of domestic violence.

Hughes' testimony contradicts that of a psychologist hired by Depp's lawyers, who said Heard was faking her symptoms of post-traumatic stress untidiness with every one other accompanied by suffered from borderline with every one other accompanied by histrionic personality disorders. Hughes disputed that Heard suffers from some personality disorder.

Hughes was the earliest observer to lay clasp of the stand on Heard's behalf following Depp's lawyers rested their instance Tuesday morning.

Hughes said there is corroboration of numerous of the instances of abuse, including apologies with every one other accompanied by admissions made by Depp to Heard with every one other accompanied by admissions he made to friends inside text messages concerning his bad behavior when he drinks. In some cases, Heard told her therapists concerning the abuse contemporaneously, Hughes said.

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Depp has said he never physically attacked Heard, with every one other accompanied by that she was the aggressor who routinely hit him with every one other accompanied by threw things at him into and not here of the way of their relationship.

Hughes, inside her testimony, said Heard acknowledged that she did at times push with every one other accompanied by shove Depp, call him names with every one other accompanied by offend his parenting.

But Hughes said there's a difference inside the violence when a smaller human being strikes at a larger person, with every one other accompanied by that Depp's violence was intimidating with every one other accompanied by threatened her safety, nevertheless Heard's violence did not have the same effect on Depp.

"That's fair physics; that's fair proportional force," she said.

Much of the violence, Hughes said, stemmed from Depp's obsessive jealousy. He insisted she retain away from nude scenes, if she worked at all, with every one other accompanied by accused her of affairs accompanied by actors Billy Bob Thornton with every one other accompanied by James Franco. If she did labour on a film, Depp would call the director with every one other accompanied by others on place with every one other accompanied by speak he "had eyes" there who would report to him if she fraternized improperly, Hughes said.

And Heard, who identifies while bisexual according to behaviour towards notes introduced at trial, too faced scrutiny inside her interactions accompanied by women. Hughes said Depp on one instance manually penetrated Heard inside annoyance following witnessing Heard's interactions accompanied by a woman.

"Amber got accused of women hitting her, with every one other accompanied by she got accused of men hitting on her," Hughes said.

Heard blinked spine tears, with every one other accompanied by her lips with every one other accompanied by chin quivered at times while Hughes described the abuse.

Hughes said she based her testimony on 29 hours of interviews accompanied by Heard, while well while interviews accompanied by her therapists with every one other accompanied by a analysis of court of rules and regulations documents.

Earlier Tuesday, Depp's lawyers rested their case, with every one other accompanied by a judge rejected a movement from Heard's lawyers to dismiss the case. Heard's lawyers argued that Depp had failed to build his instance while a matter of rules and regulations with every one other accompanied by that no indeed reasonable jury could find inside his favor.

But the judge, Penney Azcarate, said the standard for dismissing a instance at this point inside the trial is exceedingly high, with every one other accompanied by that the instance should exist allowed to go forward if Depp has provided flat a "scintilla" of proof backing up his claims.

Depp with every one other accompanied by his lead lawyer, Benjamin Chew, patted every one other on the spine following the judge ruled the instance tin proceed.

Chew argued that the jury has a affluence of proof to complete that Heard falsely accused Depp of abuse. In fact, he said, the proof shows that "Ms. Heard physically abused him. She's the abuser."

Heard's lawyer, J. Benjamin Rottenborn, said the proof is understandable over the last trio weeks of testimony that Heard's allegations of abuse are truthful.

"We haven't gotten to place on our instance yet," he said. "This is all proof that has go nearer inside while plaintiff controls the playing field."

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million inside Fairfax County Circuit Court following Heard wrote a December 2018 op-ed small portion inside The Washington Post describing herself while "a condition figure representing domestic abuse." The article never mentions Depp by name, nevertheless Depp's lawyers speak he was defamed nevertheless since it's a understandable allude to of to abuse allegations Heard levied inside 2016, inside the midst of the couple's divorce proceedings.

The judge on Tuesday did speak she's reserving discernment on whether the article's headline inside online editions should exist small portion of the libel legal action since she said the proof is unclear at this point whether Heard wrote the headline or is in charge of for it. The online headline reads, "I spoke up opposed to reproductive violence — with every one other accompanied by faced our culture's wrath. That has to change."

Hughes will exist cross-examined Wednesday, with every one other accompanied by Heard is expected to lay clasp of the stand Wednesday while well.

Depp trial: Psychologist testifies performer assaulted Heard

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