Amber Heard Expected to Testify Against Johnny Depp

Today, mber Heard will be taking the stand in defense of her case in defamation against Johnny Depp. The suit was filed in March 2019 against Johnny Depp. It is now in its fourth week. Following a 2020 trial in England, the current lawsuit is the second arising out of the relationship between Depp & Heard.

On Tuesday, Depp’s legal team rested its case, claiming that the Pirates of the Caribbean Actor was defamed in an Op-Ed Heard, published by the Washington PostIn 2018. In the op-ed, Heard referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” While Heard did not mention Depp by name in the op-ed, over nearly two weeks of testimony and two dozen witnesses, Depp and his legal team made the case that the op-ed not only defamed him, but was “catastrophic” for his career. Heard is expected to argue that Depp’s career was already on the rocks.

After Depp’s attorneys rested, Heard’s legal team asked the judge to dismiss the case on the grounds that Depp had not proven his case. The judge, Penny Azcarate, partially denied the motion, saying that Depp’s team had shown sufficient evidence of defamation to allow the case to continue.

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Psychologist Dawn Hughes’ testimony

Dawn Hughes was Heard’s first witness. She is a forensic and clinical psychologist who specializes on abusive relationships. Hughes testified that after interviewing Heard, analyzing her case files, and interviewing some of Heard’s physicians, as well as her mother, she believes that Heard suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from her relationship with Depp. That testimony directly contradicts the findings of Dr. Shannon Curry, the forensic psychologist hired by Depp’s team, who testified that Heard showed no signs of PTSD.

Next steps

Heard is expected to defend her.

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