Attorneys for Johnny Depp rested their case on Tuesday after 13 days of searing testimony within the actor’s $50m defamation lawsuit towards his ex-wife, actor Amber Heard.
In court docket in Virginia, Heard’s attorneys then demanded the choose dismiss the motion – earlier than following on from Depp’s witnesses with a psychologist’s description of his alleged psychological and violent home abuse towards her.
With out jurors current, lawyer Ben Rottenborn requested the choose, Penney Azcarate, “to strike the plaintiff’s proof and award abstract judgment in complete or partially to Ms Heard”.
Rottenborn argued that Depp abused Amber in “non-physical” methods, citing alleged proof of emotional, psychological and psychological abuse introduced in recordings and “menacing statements”, outdoors disputed incidents of violence.
The petition to dismiss was largely procedural. After listening to counter-arguments from Depp’s counsel, Azcarate dominated the trial would proceed.
Heard’s first witness, an skilled in interpersonal violence, provided a graphic description of Johnny Depp’s alleged violence towards his former spouse, telling jurors within the dueling defamation case that Heard suffered from post-traumatic stress dysfunction on account of “intimate associate violence by Mr Depp”.
Daybreak Hughes, Amber Heard’s first witness in her protection of Depp’s libel declare, has advised the court docket in Virginia that she carried out an “goal analysis” of Heard over 21 hours, and consulted medical data, psychological therapy notes, deposition testimony within the UK libel case and Heard’s mom.
Heard demonstrated “clear signs” in keeping with interpersonal violence “characterised by bodily violence, psychological aggression, sexual violence, coercive management and surveillance”.
Depp’s alleged abuse of Heard “was pushing the signs, associated to the intrusive phenomenon, associated to her avoidance, her variations in her temper”, Hughes stated. She rejected claims that Heard had probably feigned signs of PTSD, as provided by Depp’s witness, Shannon Curry.
Hughes testified that Heard was abused by her father and watched her mother and father wrestle with substance abuse.
“She discovered from an early age easy methods to caretake, easy methods to stay in a scenario mired in chaos, to care for a mum or dad who has nodded out from heroin. She discovered from a really early age easy methods to determine that out,” Hughes stated.
“That setting taught her that she may love somebody who hurts her. She discovered easy methods to have this tolerance for cognitive inconsistency, for 2 what needs to be diametrically opposed feelings.” As she had tried to do together with her mother and father, Heard “actually believed she may repair Mr Depp and rid him of his substance abuse issues”.
Heard bowed her head throughout elements of Hughes’ testimony.
The psychologist, who has testified within the trials of R Kelly and Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere, earlier testified that writing messages might be thought-about emotional abuse, probably a reference to messages scrawled on the partitions of the home they shared in Australia after Depp’s finger was lower throughout a March 2015 combat.
Hughes testified that Depp was obsessively jealous, interrogating and resorted to obsessive management of Heard. He was “obsessive about infidelity” and referred to as main males or administrators she labored with to warn them he “had eyes” on them. Heard tailored to the menace by firming down what she wore to “mother denims” fashion, the court docket heard.
Depp tried to manage what she wore when she was not with him, the jury was advised. He’d learn her scripts to test for love scenes and continuously accused her of infidelity.
“She needed to attempt to conceal and maneuver round him to attempt to have the profession she needed,” Hughes stated.
Hughes stated Depp was “obsessively jealous” of James Franco, that Heard was typically “afraid to go dwelling” when Depp was excessive on medication or had been ingesting.
On a 2015 Boston to Los Angeles flight, Hughes stated, Depp “begins speaking about James Franco” to Heard, saying: ‘Hope you had enjoyable together with your escapades’. He kicked her on the again and she or he went ahead … ” The psychologist additionally stated Depp railed about Heard and actor Billy Bob Thornton.
The vast majority of Depp’s violent and sexually violent episodes had been in “these alcohol and drug-fueled rages”, Hughes testified.
Hughes described Depp and Heard’s “highly-volatile, highly-damaging” relationship.
“When Mr Depp was drunk or excessive he threw her on a mattress, ripped off her nightgown, and tried to have intercourse together with her. There have been occasions when he “compelled her to offer him oral intercourse when he was indignant” or in “moments of dominance of him making an attempt to get management over her”.
In a single incident, Hughes stated, Depp accused Heard of being flirted with by one other lady and he carried out a forcible cavity search on Heard “ostensibly searching for medication”.
Whereas the couple was visiting Australia, she stated, Heard was subjected to some of the extreme episodes of sexual violence in the midst of the couple’s 15-month marriage.
“When he was beating her and choking her and telling her ‘I’m going to fucking kill you, I hate you, I hate you’, he grabbed a bottle off the bar and penetrated her with that bottle. Miss Heard reported to me of disassociating and ‘going outdoors of her physique’. The one factor she was considering was, ‘Oh God, I hope it’s not the damaged one’ [bottle],” Hughes advised the court docket.
On the closing of Depp’s lawyer’s presentation to the court docket earlier on Tuesday, Erin Falati, Heard’s nurse, appeared by way of pre-recorded video, telling the court docket Heard stated she had points with cocaine and alcohol and struggled with jealousy, anxiousness and co-dependency in relationships, together with that with Depp.
“I recall a normal sense of discord within the relationship … disagreements, reconciliation and type of that repeating sample,” Falati stated.
Heard’s coping abilities, the court docket was advised, concerned “compulsive anger and yelling”.
A word from Falati displayed in court docket confirmed an occasion when she noticed Heard bleeding from her lip, allegedly after an altercation with Depp.
Depp’s last witness, the forensic accountant Mike Spindler, estimated that Depp misplaced $40m in earnings on account of Heard’s Washington Publish article through which she described herself as a survivor of home abuse.
The trial continues.