Attorneys for Johnny Depp rested their situation on Tuesday following 13 times of searing testimony in the actor’s $50m defamation lawsuit against his ex-spouse, actor Amber Listened to.
In court in Virginia, Heard’s lawyers then demanded the judge dismiss the motion – right before next on from Depp’s witnesses with a psychologist’s description of his alleged psychological and violent domestic abuse against her.
Devoid of jurors current, lawyer Ben Rottenborn asked the choose, Penney Azcarate, “to strike the plaintiff’s evidence and award summary judgment in whole or in part to Ms Heard”.
Rottenborn argued that Depp abused Amber in “non-physical” methods, citing alleged proof of psychological, psychological and psychological abuse presented in recordings and “menacing statements”, outside the house disputed incidents of violence.
The petition to dismiss was largely procedural. Immediately after listening to counter-arguments from Depp’s counsel, Azcarate ruled the demo would proceed.
Heard’s to start with witness, an expert in interpersonal violence, provided a graphic description of Johnny Depp’s alleged violence from his former wife, telling jurors in the dueling defamation scenario that Read suffered from article-traumatic pressure condition as a end result of “intimate lover violence by Mr Depp”.
Dawn Hughes, Amber Heard’s to start with witness in her defense of Depp’s libel claim, has told the courtroom in Virginia that she performed an “objective evaluation” of Read around 21 hours, and consulted health-related records, psychological treatment notes, deposition testimony in the British isles libel case and Heard’s mom.
Read demonstrated “clear symptoms” regular with interpersonal violence “characterized by actual physical violence, psychological aggression, sexual violence, coercive management and surveillance”.
Depp’s alleged abuse of Listened to “was pushing the signs, relevant to the intrusive phenomenon, connected to her avoidance, her dissimilarities in her mood”, Hughes explained. She rejected statements that Read had probably feigned signs or symptoms of PTSD, as available by Depp’s witness, Shannon Curry.
Hughes testified that Read was abused by her father and watched her moms and dads struggle with compound abuse.
“She discovered from an early age how to caretake, how to are living in a condition mired in chaos, to take care of a mum or dad who has nodded out from heroin. She figured out from a incredibly early age how to figure that out,” Hughes mentioned.
“That environment taught her that she could appreciate anyone who hurts her. She figured out how to have this tolerance for cognitive inconsistency, for two what really should be diametrically opposed feelings.” As she had tried out to do with her mom and dad, Heard “truly thought she could repair Mr Depp and rid him of his substance abuse problems”.
Listened to bowed her head during areas of Hughes’ testimony.
The psychologist, who has testified in the trials of R Kelly and Nxivm cult chief Keith Raniere, before testified that writing messages could be thought of psychological abuse, most likely a reference to messages scrawled on the walls of the house they shared in Australia right after Depp’s finger was reduce throughout a March 2015 battle.
Hughes testified that Depp was obsessively jealous, interrogating and resorted to obsessive handle of Read. He was “obsessed with infidelity” and named primary men or directors she worked with to alert them he “had eyes” on them. Heard adapted to the threat by toning down what she wore to “mom jeans” type, the court read.
Depp tried to manage what she wore when she was not with him, the jury was told. He’d go through her scripts to test for enjoy scenes and regularly accused her of infidelity.
“She had to consider to conceal and maneuver all-around him to try out to have the occupation she wished,” Hughes mentioned.
Hughes stated Depp was “obsessively jealous” of James Franco, that Listened to was often “afraid to go home” when Depp was large on drugs or had been consuming.
On a 2015 Boston to Los Angeles flight, Hughes reported, Depp “starts talking about James Franco” to Read, declaring: ‘Hope you had pleasurable with your escapades’. He kicked her on the back and she went forward … ” The psychologist also mentioned Depp railed about Listened to and actor Billy Bob Thornton.
The the vast majority of Depp’s violent and sexually violent episodes have been in “these liquor and drug-fueled rages”, Hughes testified.
Hughes described Depp and Heard’s “highly-unstable, hugely-damaging” partnership.
“When Mr Depp was drunk or substantial he threw her on a bed, ripped off her nightgown, and experimented with to have sexual intercourse with her. There had been times when he “forced her to give him oral sex when he was angry” or in “moments of dominance of him seeking to get command more than her”.
In 1 incident, Hughes mentioned, Depp accused Heard of getting flirted with by a further girl and he executed a forcible cavity search on Listened to “ostensibly searching for drugs”.
While the few was viewing Australia, she explained, Heard was subjected to just one of the most significant episodes of sexual violence in the study course of the couple’s 15-month relationship.
“When he was beating her and choking her and telling her ‘I’m heading to fucking destroy you, I dislike you, I hate you’, he grabbed a bottle off the bar and penetrated her with that bottle. Miss Read reported to me of disassociating and ‘going exterior of her body’. The only thing she was considering was, ‘Oh God, I hope it’s not the broken one’ [bottle],” Hughes informed the courtroom.
At the closing of Depp’s attorney’s presentation to the court docket previously on Tuesday, Erin Falati, Heard’s nurse, appeared by means of pre-recorded video clip, telling the court Read stated she experienced concerns with cocaine and alcoholic beverages and struggled with jealousy, nervousness and co-dependency in associations, including that with Depp.
“I remember a common feeling of discord in the romance … disagreements, reconciliation and type of that repeating sample,” Falati stated.
Heard’s coping capabilities, the court docket was told, concerned “compulsive anger and yelling”.
A observe from Falati shown in court docket confirmed an occasion when she noticed Listened to bleeding from her lip, allegedly soon after an altercation with Depp.
Depp’s last witness, the forensic accountant Mike Spindler, estimated that Depp misplaced $40m in earnings as a end result of Heard’s Washington Put up report in which she described herself as a survivor of domestic abuse.
The trial continues.