Amber Heard Had PTSD From Johnny Depp Sexual Abuse: Psychologist

Johnny Depp abused Amber Heard with a bottle, forced her to give him oral sex and subjected her to “cavity exams” during their relationship, a psychologist testified Tuesday — when the actress finally began to present her side in the couple’s defamation lawsuit.

dr. Dawn Hughes, the first witness called by Heard’s defense team, said the 36-year-old “Aquaman” star suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after her marriage to Depp as a result of the alleged abuse she endured at his hands.

“When Mr. Depp was drunk or high, he would throw her on the bed, rip off her nightgown and try to have sex with her,” Hughes said, referring to alleged incidents Heard reported to her.

“There were times when he forced her to give him oral sex when he was mad at her.”

In more poignant testimonials, Hughes described how Depp allegedly used his fingers to perform “a cavity search” of Heard’s private — and said the actress “disassociated” herself when Depp allegedly abused her with a bottle.

Hughes, who specializes in “abuse of interpersonal violence,” said the actress was particularly vulnerable after growing up in an abusive household, where she learned “to love someone who hurt her.”

A psychologist testified that Amber Heard was subjected to “cavity examinations” during her relationship with Johnny Depp.
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“Love and normalcy are almost always in these relationships,” Hughes, who was an expert witness at the trials of disgraced rapper R. Kelly and Nxivm sex slave cult leader Keith Raniere, testified at the Depp trial.

“When you are in silence and the violence is not happening, you are back with the man you fell in love with. It creates a trauma bond,” she says.

Heard appeared to be on the verge of tears during a testimony about her childhood with an abusive father, which Hughes says made her more prone to victimization again.

Forensic psychologist Dr.  Dawn Hughes, testifying at a hearing at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse.
Forensic psychologist Dr. Dawn Hughes said Heard was particularly vulnerable after growing up in an abusive household.
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“She learned how to be a caregiver at a very young age,” Hughes said. “She has learned that she can love someone who has hurt her.”

The psychologist said Heard believed she could “fix” Depp — “just like she tried to fix her father.”

“She really believed she could fix Mr. Depp and get him out of his substance abuse problems, but that didn’t work,” Hughes said.


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Depp, 58, alleges in the $50 million defamation lawsuit that it was Heard who was abusive and that her claims to the contrary hurt his career and income.

In another testimony Tuesday, Erin Falati, a private nurse once hired by Heard, said the actress struggled with anxiety, bipolar disorder and substance abuse.

“I have a general recollection of the existence of… jealousy and anxiety issues, including mistrust within the relationship,” Fatalti said in a pre-recorded statement.

A monitor shows American actor Johnny Depp's alleged total financial loss caused by lost bookings.
A forensic accountant said Depp lost as much as $40 million after Heard’s opinion.
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“I have a vague idea of ​​those issues that crop up over the years, but I wouldn’t say that was a constant theme,” she said.

Depp says Heard’s accusations cost him lucrative bookings and his recurring role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise.

“I have concluded that Mr. Depp has suffered a loss of approximately $40 million in revenue,” Michael Spindler, a forensic accountant, testified on behalf of the actor on Tuesday.

Forensic accountant Michael Spindler testifies in Fairfax County Circuit Court courtroom.
Michael Spindler admitted that he did not take Depp’s alcoholic tendencies into account when compiling the numbers.
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However, Spindler admitted after cross-examination by Heard attorney Benjamin Rottenborn that he failed to take into account Depp’s alleged drug and alcohol abuse and his “deterioration at the box office” in making the calculation.

Nevertheless, Judge Penney Azcarate denied a motion by Heard’s lawyers to dismiss Depp’s lawsuit after his side dropped his case.

Now the actress is expected to take the stand for her own defense when the trial resumes on Wednesday.

Actor Johnny Depp watches in the courtroom of the Fairfax County Circuit Court.
Depp has denied all allegations that he physically or sexually abused Heard.
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