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One psychologist against the other. New evidence in the Depp-Heard trial

One psychologist against the other. New evidence in the Depp-Heard trial

Actress Amber Heard suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from the violence she suffered from ex-husband Johnny Depp, who sexually abused her.

"The sexual assaults involved forcing her to have oral sex and penetrating Depp with a bottle of alcohol," said psychologist Diane Hughes, a lawyer at Depp's trial in the defamation case against Heard.

One psychologist against the other. New evidence in the Depp-Heard trial

Hughes's testimony contradicts that of a psychologist hired by Depp's lawyers, who said Heard was falsifying her symptoms by lying that she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when in fact she was suffering from borderline personality disorder and histrionic.

One psychologist against the other. New evidence in the Depp-Heard trial

Depp has said he never physically assaulted Heard, and that she was the aggressor in the relationship.

Hughes, in her testimony, said Heard has admitted that he sometimes pushed Depp, called him by nicknames and insulted his parents, but that's it.

But Hughes said there is a difference in violence when a smaller person hits a larger person and that Depp's violence was frightening and threatened her safety, but Heard's violence did not have the same effect on Depp. So psychology put the effects on the scales.

Much of the violence, Hughes said, stemmed from Depp's obsessive jealousy. He insisted she avoid nude scenes and accused Amber of having ties to actors Billy Bob Thornton and James Franco. If she were to work on a film, Depp would call the director and others on set and tell them to be careful with Amber.

Hughes said she based her testimony on 29 hours of interviews and counseling with Heard.

Depp is suing Heard for $ 50 million in Fairfax District Court after Heard wrote an op-ed article in the December 2018 issue of The Washington Post, describing himself as 'a public figure representing domestic abuse'. The article never mentions Depp by name, but Depp's lawyers say it was for him.

The trial will resume today.