Johnny Depp abused Amber Heard with a bottle, forced her to perform oral sex on him and subjected her to ‘cavity searches’ during their relationship, a psychologist testified on Tuesday – as the actress finally began to present his point of view in the couple’s libel suit.
Dr Dawn Hughes, the first witness to be called by Heard’s defense team, said the 36-year-old ‘Aquaman’ star suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after marrying Depp in because of the alleged abuse she had suffered at his hands.
“When Mr. Depp was drunk or high, he threw her on the bed, ripped off her nightgown and tried to have sex with her,” Hughes said, referring to the alleged incidents Heard had reported to him.
“There were times when he forced her to perform oral sex on him when he was mad at her.”
In more graphic testimony, Hughes described how Depp allegedly performed a “cavity search” of Heard’s privacy with his fingers – and said the actress “dissociated” when Depp allegedly assaulted her with a bottle.
Hughes, who specializes in “interpersonal violence abuse”, said the actress was particularly vulnerable after growing up in an abusive home, where she learned “to love someone who hurt her”.
“Love and normalcy are almost always in these relationships,” said Hughes, who was an expert witness in the trials of disgraced rapper R. Kelly and Nxivm sex slave cult leader Keith Raniere, during the trial. Depp.
“When you’re in a lull and the violence doesn’t happen, you’re back with the man you fell in love with. It creates a traumatic bond,” she said.
Heard appeared to be on the verge of tears during testimony about her childhood with an abusive father, which Hughes said made her more likely to be victimized again.
“She learned from an early age how to be a sitter,” Hughes said. “She has learned that she can love someone who has hurt her.”
The psychologist said Heard believed she could ‘fix’ Depp – ‘just like she tried to fix her father’.
“She really believed that she could fix Mr. Depp and rid him of his substance abuse issues, but it didn’t work,” Hughes said.
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Depp, 58, claims in the $50 million defamation lawsuit that it was Heard who was abusive and that his claims to the contrary harmed his career and income.
In further testimony Tuesday, Erin Falati, a private nurse once hired by Heard, said the actress battled anxiety, bipolar disorder and substance abuse.
“I have a widespread recollection of the existence of … issues of jealousy and anxiety, including mistrust within the relationship,” Fatalti said in a pre-recorded deposition.
“I have a vague idea of these issues coming up over the years, but I wouldn’t say it was a consistent theme,” she said.
Depp says Heard’s allegations cost him lucrative bookings and his recurring role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise.
“I have concluded that Mr. Depp suffered a loss of revenue of approximately $40 million,” Michael Spindler, a forensic accountant, said on behalf of the actor on Tuesday.
Spindler, however, admitted during cross-examination of Heard’s attorney, Benjamin Rottenborn, that he failed to consider Depp’s allegations of drug and alcohol abuse and his “deteriorating performance.” at the box office” when he did the math.
Nonetheless, Judge Penney Azcarate denied a motion by Heard’s attorneys to dismiss Depp’s lawsuit after his side closed their case.
The actress is now expected to take the stand in her own defense when the trial resumes on Wednesday.