Lawyers for Johnny Depp rested their case on Tuesday following 13 times of searing testimony in the actor’s $50m defamation lawsuit from his ex-spouse, actor Amber Listened to.
In court in Virginia, Heard’s lawyers then demanded the choose dismiss the motion – in advance of adhering to on from Depp’s witnesses with a psychologist’s description of his alleged psychological and violent domestic abuse from her.
Without the need of jurors current, law firm Ben Rottenborn questioned the decide, Penney Azcarate, “to strike the plaintiff’s proof and award summary judgment in complete or in part to Ms Heard”.
Rottenborn argued that Depp abused Amber in “non-physical” methods, citing alleged evidence of emotional, mental and psychological abuse offered in recordings and “menacing statements”, outside the house disputed incidents of violence.
The petition to dismiss was largely procedural. Following listening to counter-arguments from Depp’s counsel, Azcarate ruled the demo would continue.
Heard’s to start with witness, an pro in interpersonal violence, available a graphic description of Johnny Depp’s alleged violence against his former spouse, telling jurors in the dueling defamation circumstance that Listened to endured from publish-traumatic worry disorder as a final result of “intimate spouse violence by Mr Depp”.
Dawn Hughes, Amber Heard’s first witness in her defense of Depp’s libel claim, has instructed the courtroom in Virginia that she performed an “objective evaluation” of Listened to around 21 several hours, and consulted professional medical records, psychological cure notes, deposition testimony in the British isles libel situation and Heard’s mom.
Heard demonstrated “clear symptoms” reliable with interpersonal violence “characterized by actual physical violence, psychological aggression, sexual violence, coercive manage and surveillance”.
Depp’s alleged abuse of Listened to “was pushing the signs and symptoms, related to the intrusive phenomenon, similar to her avoidance, her dissimilarities in her mood”, Hughes said. She turned down promises that Listened to experienced likely feigned signs and symptoms of PTSD, as available by Depp’s witness, Shannon Curry.
Hughes testified that Listened to was abused by her father and watched her mothers and fathers struggle with material abuse.
“She uncovered from an early age how to caretake, how to stay in a scenario mired in chaos, to consider treatment of a father or mother who has nodded out from heroin. She realized from a really early age how to figure that out,” Hughes mentioned.
“That setting taught her that she could adore another person who hurts her. She learned how to have this tolerance for cognitive inconsistency, for two what must be diametrically opposed feelings.” As she experienced tried out to do with her parents, Heard “truly considered she could take care of Mr Depp and rid him of his material abuse problems”.
Listened to bowed her head through elements of Hughes’ testimony.
The psychologist, who has testified in the trials of R Kelly and Nxivm cult chief Keith Raniere, before testified that crafting messages could be regarded as emotional abuse, most likely a reference to messages scrawled on the partitions of the house they shared in Australia right after Depp’s finger was lower during a March 2015 fight.
Hughes testified that Depp was obsessively jealous, interrogating and resorted to obsessive handle of Heard. He was “obsessed with infidelity” and called major guys or administrators she labored with to warn them he “had eyes” on them. Heard adapted to the menace by firming down what she wore to “mom jeans” design and style, the court docket heard.
Depp tried using to management what she wore when she was not with him, the jury was advised. He’d go through her scripts to examine for like scenes and continually accused her of infidelity.
“She experienced to try out to conceal and maneuver around him to test to have the job she needed,” Hughes said.
Hughes mentioned Depp was “obsessively jealous” of James Franco, that Heard was often “afraid to go home” when Depp was significant on medicines or experienced been ingesting.
On a 2015 Boston to Los Angeles flight, Hughes said, Depp “starts chatting about James Franco” to Heard, stating: ‘Hope you experienced enjoyable with your escapades’. He kicked her on the again and she went ahead … ” The psychologist also mentioned Depp railed about Listened to and actor Billy Bob Thornton.
The majority of Depp’s violent and sexually violent episodes have been in “these alcohol and drug-fueled rages”, Hughes testified.
Hughes explained Depp and Heard’s “highly-volatile, highly-damaging” partnership.
“When Mr Depp was drunk or large he threw her on a bed, ripped off her nightgown, and attempted to have sex with her. There have been periods when he “forced her to give him oral sexual intercourse when he was angry” or in “moments of dominance of him attempting to get regulate in excess of her”.
In one incident, Hughes stated, Depp accused Heard of remaining flirted with by yet another woman and he done a forcible cavity lookup on Read “ostensibly looking for drugs”.
Whilst the few was going to Australia, she explained, Listened to was subjected to a person of the most critical episodes of sexual violence in the program of the couple’s 15-month relationship.
“When he was beating her and choking her and telling her ‘I’m likely to fucking destroy you, I despise you, I detest you’, he grabbed a bottle off the bar and penetrated her with that bottle. Miss Listened to described to me of disassociating and ‘going outdoors of her body’. The only detail she was wondering was, ‘Oh God, I hope it’s not the damaged one’ [bottle],” Hughes told the courtroom.
At the closing of Depp’s attorney’s presentation to the court docket earlier on Tuesday, Erin Falati, Heard’s nurse, appeared through pre-recorded movie, telling the courtroom Heard explained she had challenges with cocaine and alcoholic beverages and struggled with jealousy, anxiety and co-dependency in relationships, such as that with Depp.
“I remember a typical perception of discord in the relationship … disagreements, reconciliation and sort of that repeating pattern,” Falati claimed.
Heard’s coping techniques, the court docket was instructed, concerned “compulsive anger and yelling”.
A observe from Falati shown in court docket confirmed an instance when she observed Read bleeding from her lip, allegedly soon after an altercation with Depp.
Depp’s closing witness, the forensic accountant Mike Spindler, estimated that Depp missing $40m in earnings as a final result of Heard’s Washington Submit report in which she described herself as a survivor of domestic abuse.
The trial continues.