May 20, 2022

‘There have been occasions when he pressured her to present him oral intercourse,’ psychologist testified

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A psychologist testifying on behalf of Amber Heard says the actress suffered post-traumatic stress dysfunction after allegedly struggling violence by the hands of her ex-husband Johnny Depp.

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After Depp’s attorneys rested their case, Dr. Daybreak Hughes was Heard’s first witness as she prepares to defend herself in a $50 million lawsuit filed by the Pirates of the Caribbean star in Virginia.

Depp, 58, is suing his 36-year-old ex-wife after she penned a 2018 op-ed claiming to be a survivor of home abuse. Whereas not naming him, Depp maintains the The Washington Put up article irreparably broken his profession and led to a slew of cancelled movie tasks, together with a sixth Pirates film.

Hughes, who was billed as an professional in “intimate associate violence,” detailed situations by which the Aquaman star was subjected to alleged sexual assault, which included allegations that the actor pressured his former spouse to present him oral intercourse, abused her with a bottle and carried out “a cavity search” of her personal areas.

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“When Mr. Depp was drunk or excessive, he threw her on the mattress, ripped off her nightgown and tried to have intercourse together with her,” Hughes mentioned (by way of the New York Put up). “There have been occasions when he pressured her to present him oral intercourse when he was offended together with her.”

Hughes’ testimony contradicts that of Dr. Sharon Curry, a psychologist employed by Depp’s authorized staff.

Earlier within the trial, Curry testified she noticed no proof of PTSD in her analysis of Heard and advised the starlet “demonstrates psychological signs of mixed borderline persona dysfunction and histrionic persona dysfunction.”

Actor Amber Heard speaks with her legal team as she attends Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against her at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 13, 2022.
Actor Amber Heard speaks together with her authorized staff as she attends Johnny Depp’s defamation trial in opposition to her on the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 13, 2022. Picture by Evelyn Hockstein/Pool /REUTERS

However Currry acknowledged that the wedding might have had a detrimental impact on Heard’s psychological state. “Simply because someone doesn’t have PTSD doesn’t imply that they weren’t harmed psychologically by no matter is being alleged — on this case, Ms. Heard is alleging that she was psychologically harmed and that she suffered PTSD due to abuse that she alleges occurred by Mr. Depp.”

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Elsewhere in her testimony, Hughes cited corroborating proof of abuse, together with alleged textual content messages despatched by Depp admitting to his “unhealthy behaviour when he drinks.”

“I’m testifying to the consistency of the information factors of all of the completely different paperwork, together with the psychological testing and the medical analysis I performed of Ms. Heard and the way that comports with the remedy data and all the opposite paperwork within the images and texts I reviewed,” she mentioned.

Throughout cross-examination by Depp’s authorized staff on Wednesday morning, Hughes admitted she was being paid $500-an-hour and that she was not “testifying to the veracity of any of (Heard’s) allegations.”

“You don’t have any private data of any abuse,” Depp’s lead lawyer Benjamin Chew mentioned, to which Hughes replied, “Right.”

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“Every part Ms. Heard reported to you was after she was sued by Mr. Depp on this case, right?” Chew continued. “Right,” Hughes replied.

Depp maintains that he by no means hit Heard and has alleged she was the abuser throughout their relationship, which started after the pair met whereas filming 2011’s The Rum Diary.

A number of key witnesses have bolstered his declare, together with Malcolm Connolly, considered one of Depp’s bodyguards, who recounted situations the place Heard berated him calling him a “f—ing coward.” He additionally mentioned that he seen that Heard appeared to wish to “put on the pants” within the marriage.

“It’s not my enterprise I simply do my job, however I might see he’s not completely happy,” Connolly mentioned, in accordance with Newsweek. Commenting on bruises seen on Depp’s face, he mentioned, “He’s walked right into a door, or a door’s walked into him.”

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Travis McGivern, one other considered one of Depp’s safety staff, recounted a number of situations by which Heard was verbally and bodily abusive with one trade leaving the actor with a “good little shiner.”

Throughout his testimony final week, Depp denied ever hitting his former spouse and mentioned at the start of the trial that he’s suing Heard in a bid to “clear my identify.”

However in 2020, Depp misplaced a libel case in opposition to Britain’s The Solar for calling him a “wife-beater.”

After three weeks of hearings, Excessive Courtroom choose Andrew Nicol concluded Depp had violently assaulted his ex-wife, placing her in worry of her life.

Heard outlined 14 situations of violence when she mentioned the actor choked, punched, slapped, head-butted, throttled and kicked her, with Nicol discovering 12 of her accounts to be true.

Depp’s try and enchantment the decision in 2021 was denied.

After dumping her PR staff and as stress mounts to have her dropped from the following Aquaman movie, Heard is predicted to testify at the moment.

mdaniell@postmedia.com

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