On May 3, Tuesday, Johnny Depp’s legal team filed their case in the defamation lawsuit trial against Amber Heard. Heard’s legal team brought in clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. Dawn Hughes, after the testimony of Depp’s nurse. She is the second psychologist appointed to analyze the case and speak on the issue.
Dr. Dawn Hughes took in heavy accusations from Amber Heard. And said that the actress informed her about Johnny Depp’s alleged sexual abuse. Heard had claimed to the psychologist about a few accusations. He said Depp had once torn her clothes and attempted to have intercourse with her. In another incident, Depp had forced her to perform fellatio on him.
The Psychologist who Backed Some of Amber Heard’s Claims Against Johnny Depp?
While conversing on the topic of domestic violence, the psychologist clarified how a victim would not leave the person who commits the violence. On Tuesday, April 26, Dr. Shannon Curry expressed her diagnosis of Heard. It interpreted her as having Borderline Personality Disorder and Histrionic Personality Disorder. However, Dr. Hughes made no such statements about Heard.
Further, Dr. Hughes spoke about her experience as a psychologist for over 25 to 30 years. She is a board-certified psychologist who revealed that:
“mostly (treats) adults who have sustained some sort of traumatic event in their life.”
What did Dr. Dawn Hughes say about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s former relationship?
Dr. Dawn Hughes insisted to have met with Amber Heard in person for 29 hours over four sessions. They also met twice via video conference. In her testimony, the psychologist expressed that Johnny Depp had indulged in “Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)” against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Hughes further answered the assessment of Dr. Curry’s diagnosis of Heard. Stated that the actress has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from Depp’s violence toward her.
The psychologist also revealed that she assigned 12 psychological tests to the 36-year-old during their numerous in-person sessions. She also tested Heard to detect if the actress allegedly pretended mental health conditions. Hughes further added:
“Love and normalcy are almost always in these relationships. When you’re in a lull and the violence isn’t happening, you’re back with the man you fell in love with. It creates a trauma bond.”
When it was asked to interpret domestic violence, Hughes said:
“Domestic abuse is a pattern of violence, fear, and manipulative control within a relationship. One person wants to dominate that relationship. A say in most things that the couple, or the victim, does or does not.”