Amber Heard testifies for the first time in Johnny Depp defamation lawsuit – National

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Amber Heard took the stand for the first time on Wednesday to testify against ex-husband Johnny Depp, who accuses her of ruining his reputation and career with false accusations of domestic violence.

Their testimony has been highly anticipated as jurors and viewers around the world have watched over the last three weeks as the A-list couple tries to prove that the other was the most toxic person in the relationship.

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In the legal battle between the two stars, both Heard, 36, and Depp, 58, claim to be victims of violence. The initial court case began when Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit over a Washington Post opinion piece written by Heard in late 2018 about domestic abuse.

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Heard did not mention Depp by name in the article, but the actor alleges that his reputation and career were still “devastated” as a result.

Heard began her testimony after cross-examination by Dr. Dawn Hughes, a forensic psychologist.

As she took the stand, Heard told the jury that this trial process has been “incredibly painful” and “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

On Tuesday, after Depp’s legal team had finished questioning their witnesses, Heard’s lawyers asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Depp had not presented his case as a matter of law and that no jury reasonable could rule in your favor.

Judge Penney Azcarate said that the standard for dismissing a case at this point in the trial is extremely high, and that the case should be allowed to proceed if Depp has provided even a “scintilla” of evidence to support his claims; he then dismissed the motion.

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Heard’s attorneys then began questioning Dr. Hughes. Among her main testimony, Dr. Hughes said that she diagnosed Heard with PTSD after 29 hours of interviews. (The forensic psychologist brought in by Depp said the opposite, that Heard did not have PTSD.)

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Dr. Hughes again questioned the testimony of Depp’s forensic psychologist, who had claimed that Heard suffered from histrionic and borderline personality disorders. Dr. Hughes told the jury that Heard does not have any type of personality disorder.

In stark contrast to Depp’s own testimony, Dr. Hughes also testified that Heard endured many sexual assaults at Depp’s hands, including being forced to perform oral sex and being penetrated by Depp with a liquor bottle.

Forensic psychologist Dr. Dawn Hughes testifies during a hearing at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 3, 2022.


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Earlier in the trial, Depp testified that he never physically abused Heard or any other woman. He maintained that Heard was an instigator in the relationship, who would push him into profane arguments. He also said that Heard punched, kicked and threw objects at him over the course of their relationship.

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Depp’s testimony included a reference to his past addiction to opiates, although he maintains that he is not and never has been an addict (apart from Roxicodone). Several heated audio and video recordings of the pair arguing were played in court.

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A now-infamous trip to Australia where Depp cut off the tip of his finger has also been at the center of the trial. Depp has alleged that he lost his finger when Heard threw a bottle of vodka at his hand, although his lawyers deny this, claiming that he injured himself in a drunken rage.

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Heard countersues Depp for $100 million.

— With files from The Associated Press

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