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Amber Heard took the stand for the primary time on Wednesday to ship her testimony in opposition to ex-husband Johnny Depp, who’s accusing her of ruining his popularity and profession with false accusations of home violence.
Her testimony has been extremely anticipated, as jurors and viewers around the globe have watched for the final three weeks because the A-list couple attempt to show the opposite was the extra poisonous individual within the relationship.
In the authorized battle between the 2 stars, each Heard, 36, and Depp, 58, declare to be victims of violence. The preliminary courtroom case started when Depp filed a $50-million defamation lawsuit over a Washington Post op-ed penned by Heard in late 2018 about home abuse.
Heard didn’t point out Depp by identify within the article, however the actor alleges his popularity and profession had been nonetheless “devastated” because of this.
Heard started her testimony following the cross-examination of Dr. Dawn Hughes, a forensic psychologist.
As she took the stand, Heard informed the jury this trial course of has been “incredibly painful” and “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
She mentioned how she met her ex-husband Depp whereas auditioning for The Rum Diary in 2008, a movie during which the actors co-starred. She testified the pair bonded over books, poetry and previous blues music.
On Tuesday, after Depp’s authorized workforce completed questioning their witnesses, Heard’s attorneys requested the decide to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Depp had didn’t make his case as a matter of regulation and that no affordable jury may discover in his favour.
Judge Penney Azcarate stated the usual for dismissing a case at this level within the trial is exceedingly excessive, and that the case must be allowed to maneuver ahead if Depp has supplied even a “scintilla” of proof backing up his claims; she then dismissed the movement.
Heard’s attorneys then started questioning Dr. Hughes. Among her chief testimony, Dr. Hughes stated she recognized Heard with PTSD after 29 hours of interviews. (The forensic psychologist introduced by Depp stated the alternative, that Heard didn’t have PTSD.)
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Dr. Hughes once more disputed testimony from Depp’s forensic psychologist, who had claimed Heard suffered from borderline and histrionic persona issues. Dr. Hughes informed the jury Heard doesn’t have any type of persona dysfunction.
In stark distinction to Depp’s personal testimony, Dr. Hughes additionally testified Heard endured many sexual assaults by the hands of Depp, together with being pressured to carry out oral intercourse and having Depp penetrate her with a liquor bottle.
Earlier within the trial, Depp testified he by no means bodily abused Heard or every other lady. He’s maintained that Heard was an instigator within the relationship, who would push him to change into embroiled in profane arguments. He additionally stated that Heard punched, kicked and threw objects at him over the course of their relationship.
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Depp’s testimony included reference to his former opioid habit, although he maintains he’s not and has by no means been an addict (aside from Roxicodone). Several heated audio and video recordings of the couple arguing had been performed in courtroom.
A now notorious journey to Australia the place Depp severed the tip of his finger has additionally been on the centre of the trial. Depp has alleged he misplaced the digit when Heard threw a vodka bottle at his hand, although her attorneys deny this, claiming he wounded himself in a drunken rage.
Heard is countersuing Depp for $100-million.
— With information from The Associated Press
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